I'm an avid hiker and backpacker and hike frequently in the Midwest but drive South on long weekends particularly in Western N.C. Spent most of my life in the OH/PA area with a brief stink in D.C./No. Virginia (where I first hiked the Appalachian Trail). Attempted a thru-hike on the A.T. a few years back, made it to my birth state of Pennsylvania, then bailed due to heat and humidity. I am hope to finish the A.T. but am also looking at a less ambitious adventure on the John Muir Trail.