**TRAIL UPDATE 6/25/17: I will be returning to the trail on or around June 27th after recovering from yet another stress fracture, this time in my leg. I still have plans on completing the entire AT, but will be jumping ahead to Delaware Water Gap, PA at the PA/NJ border in order to summit Mount Katahdin before Baxter State Park closes for the season. Then I'll be returning to North Carolina to finish the miles I missed. Prior to leaving the trail, I have completed 288.2 miles and 1 state (Georgia). Thanks again for helping this cause that matters so dearly to me!
My trail name is Stubbs, and I'm going to make a second attempt to thru hike the Appalachian Trail (Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine) in 2017. I hiked over half of it in 2016, but decided to get off trail due to a stress fracture in my hip. I've been a sufferer of depression and found that hiking the trail has significantly improved my wellbeing, so I decided to hike with a bigger purpose this time around.
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