How to Tell Your Family You’re Doing a Thru-Hike

Deciding to do a thru-hike is easy. But telling loved ones about such a trip? That can be a challenge.

After about a week of being denied a permit for the John Muir Trail, I was elated when the email came through granting me access to this incredible hike. As excited as I was, an uneasy feeling rooted itself in my gut: fear. Not of bears or getting lost or sleeping alone outside, but the looming anxiety of telling my parents.

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