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Walker walks to accomplish a life-long goal

Cokeitha Gaddist Healthy Lifestyles Columnist

Cokeitha Gaddist
Healthy Lifestyles Columnist

For many of us walking is something we do to move from one place to the next. For others it’s a great exercise that most folks enjoy to stay healthy and fit. But for William Walker it’s an opportunity to accomplish a life-long goal.

William will embark on an amazing journey to walk the great Appalachian Trail. The trail is 2200 miles long and passes through several states stretching from Maine down to Georgia. William will start his hike at Shenandoah Valley in Virginia entering the trail at Swift Run Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He expects to triumphantly end at the Spring Mountain Trail in Georgia.

William leaving to start his journey. Photo by CoKeitha Gaddist

William leaving to start his journey. Photo by CoKeitha Gaddist

William estimates the hike to take three months time averaging between 10 to 20 miles a day and breaking for camp at night. Yes I said camp! William will be carrying everything he needs on his back which includes camping and basic survival gear to sustain him on his journey. I asked William why he decided to do this now. He said,” it’s always been a life-long goal of mine and the timing is right now”. After the loss of his father Buck Walker and most recent passing of his dog and best friend Gram (14yr. old pit-bull terrier) in addition to other life changing events, he decided the time is now while he has the life in him to do it.

William credits his preparation and wilderness survival skills to his father for spending more time with him outdoors hunting, fishing and camping than he spent indoors. William anticipates this will be a challenging journey both mentally and physically however he has the support of his family and friends to cheer him along the way. Originally from Columbia SC and a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School Class of 1997, he was the only boy growing up in a family with five sisters. He knows that his community is behind him 100% and his goal of conquering the Appalachian Trail is in front of him with every step he takes forward.

William & Gram final memories. Photo submitted

William & Gram final memories. Photo submitted

Stay tuned for updates and photos from the trail. We will keep everyone posted on the progress of William’s journey. Feel free to write in to the paper if you want to send him messages of encouragement or ask him questions about his journey. And ladies if you were wondering, Yes William Walker is single.


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