Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Appalachian Trail - WHY WE HIKE (original version)

Difficulty: 0

Today's December 20th 2009

and I just spent the last two hours shoveling out my driveway

and the sidewalk and while I was doing that I was thinking about

hiking and all the great people I met while hiking the Appalachian Trail

and seems kinda silly, I know, but today December 20th

was the day that those three thru hikers that we met

were supposed to make it down to Springer mountain

in Georgia which is the southernmost part of the Appalachian Trail

How long have you guys been on the trail?

We've been on the trail for 3 months. Really? Almost.

So we have about an average of 15 miles a day

to get there by December 20th.

With no zeros!

So we have to do at least 15 miles every day

to stick to the goal in order to make it by the 18th or 20th.

okay my name is Josie - I'm from North Carolina

My name's Kirtley - I'm from Mississippi 27 years old

I'm Brave Little Toaster and a from Massachusetts

and I just graduated RPI and I did mechanical engineering

I'm 34 years old, my name's Lee

my name's Brian I am 33

and I'm an engineer

I'm a section hikers so I'm not hiking from Maine to Georgia

what my buddy and I do is we take a piece

and we hiked for a week and wherever we

stop we pick up there the next year.

I got out of college, worked for a few years got kind of tired of that

looking for a little adventure - challenge

so I decided to come out and hike the AT.

Hopefully decide what to do with the next chapter of my life.

I like to get out and hike once a year ago with my buddy Lee

spent a week together hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Day one: October 4th 2009

Brian and I've walked a hundred feet and Brian already has a rock in his shoe.

I did a semester in college and had way too much fun. I made good grades but

I had like really bad influences

I was like getting drunk like way to often. OK - this is not a confession!

No, no, let her go

So, I decided not to go back to school because I was not ready for school yet

and because I didn't know what to do - I didn't know what to major in

so I decided to

come from someplace I can really clear my thoughts and think about what I want to

do with the rest of my life.

I'm going to do my fancy hiking strut. Go ahead!

That is badass!

Sometimes I trip when I do my fancy hiking strut.

I came out here, because - for one - I could. I have no responsibilities other than this dog right here.

This is Pork, my dog. Other than him, I don't have a responsibility in life

and i know I will.

So I know I can have a six month vacation...

I started backpacking when I was in Boy Scouts.

I was pretty young probably 12 or 13 when I took my first trip

really didn't enjoy it much at all.

When I started this, I was just graduating college

back in 1998 and my buddy Brian wanted to go hiking after we had just graduated

and actually thought it was kinda crazy. I'd never done it - I was never in the Boy Scouts.

Or anything like that. But all of a sudden, I was out of school

had no job - so I was like - why not?

I'm really glad that I started again after college

and I've been doing this for 11 years, on and off, since college.

I think its funny that everyone has that -

I'm trying to figure out what I'm trying to do with my life. I don't know why I'm here, but I'm looking...


that it's a pretty common theme out here. Yeah - there's a lot of common themes, though.

To finish something you start - like that's something a lot of people see as being important.

and like - having a goal

and like - pushing yourself to do it.

I mean, you guys are out here for like - fun...

I don't know why we are out here, really. I don't have a real good reason.

Why don't you turn that camera around and get your ass when he's done.

The reason I like to go out hiking is because - well, there's a few

one is: I get to go outside and enjoy some usually some really nice scenery

and some wonderful weather, most of the time.

I like the physical challenge

of doing something I don't regularly do

I like the mental challenge of trying to push myself

beyond what I what I think I can do

and I like the idea of being able to accomplish something.

My original reasons for coming out here

are different then my reasons for continuing at this point. Like my reason

original reason for coming out here, like I said was to clear my mind

of all of the clutter so I could contemplate what am I gonna do with my life. and now it's like

yeah thats still a thought but it's kinda secondary,

It's like now, you know, it's just to conquer this huge goal, I guess, that we've set ahead of ourselves.

If you do this, you can conquer this...

if you can complete this task...

you can do anything that lies ahead in the future

so there is going to be difficulties that arise in the future

It sounds so deep!

If you can do this which is probably like one of the most difficult things to do

even though its fun - mentally - yes - it's difficult continue each day out here

I think a lot of parts of life are like that so...

so this may prepare you for what lies ahead.

it's kinda usual because its not like a sport where you have to you

beat somebody or you have to be the best at it

or you have to be the first to cross the race line

or score the most amount of points, it's not really like that it's just kinda like

set your own pace

leave all your worries at home. Your worries become

a very different sort of thing. You don't have the same stresses and things of of that nature

you kinda focus more on the little things like -

Where am I going to sleep tonight? Or where am I going to get my

next bottle of water from?

so it it kinda puts a different perspective on your life

and it really takes away a lot of mundane things that we deal with at work

and home and other things like that.

I flip-flopped so now I'm going South. I've been going North, now I'm going South.

I just met you guys the other day and I feel like - we're like best buds now!

You always have something in common with someone out on the trial!

that is true!

I think that friendship grow a little faster out here than they usually do in the real world.


That's it, now we're breaking the ice.

I worked in sales and i was just getting bored with it

felt like there's more to it - more to life than

getting up every morning at seven o'clock and going to an 8 to 5 that you weren't that happy with

going home and living for the weekend, essentially.

I thought that if I came out on the AT I could challenge myself

while at the same time clearing my mind

for better thought generation.

This is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, no!

Have you got it figured out or are you still working on it? I'm still working on it.

Cool. But I'm getting closer, all the time.

It's been many weeks and

many miles since I met those guys and I don't know if they made it to Springer Mountain

or not

but I like to think that they did.

The Description of Appalachian Trail - WHY WE HIKE (original version)