Mary Moynihan flies Dec. 30th.
… The 29-year-old Moynihan … plans to solo hike the length of New Zealand (both islands) from north to south this coming January through April along the 1,850-mile Te Araroa Trail.
Moynihan, a fresh-faced brunette, talks with a fiery enthusiasm about her upcoming journey. Enthusiasm is perhaps the most crucial trait for a “thru-hiker” — those who complete long-distance trails end to end in one continuous trip.
Without a positive attitude, how could somebody spend months in the wilderness, plodding along for 20 to 30 miles per day, enduring inclement weather and scarce food and water?
Trekking mostly alone, Moynihan completed hiking’s North American triple crown — the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail — when she thru-hiked the CDT in 2011. …
official website – Te Araroa Trail
(via Kolby Kirk)