Recent Grads, Friends Take to the Appalachian Trail

August 31, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

Fred Gunther graduated from NC State in May, and he’s spent that time since hiking the Appalachian Trail with Madison Driver ’08. They started their hike in Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia, on May 10 and plan to reach Maine on Sept. 9. You can follow them and see photos of their adventure on their blog, Mountains Under Foot. Here’s a portion of their first blog entry in which Fred writes about how the trip came to be:

[I]t begins with your classic story of a couple of guys talking about the future over some over-sized burgers in downtown Raleigh. Madison was graduating from NC State the following semester (Spring ’08) and had intended to start the hike immediately afterwards. I still had another two semesters left because of all the co-oping I did throughout college but did not want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Maybe it was the one-pound burger I had just eaten or maybe I realized that there was no better time in my life to make this happen, but I said to Madison, “Buddy, if you can wait for me to graduate, I will hike the AT with you.”

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