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I Don’t Love Thru Hiking (and that’s okay)

This is not where I talk about all the gorgeous mountain views, how I have transcended the ability to smell my hiker stench, and how I feel connected to the wilderness. This is where I talk about the times thru hiking ing sucks....
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