Pi employee, Matthew Warrick, takes on the challenge of a lifetime this summer as he thru-hikes the entire Appalachian Trail! The Appalachian Trail stretches over 2,200 miles and crosses 14 states from Georgia to Maine, the longest continuous hiking trail in the world. A daunting goal, as only 23% percent of people who set out to "thru" hike the Appalachian Trail each year actually succeed.
Having hiked over 1,500 miles of trail with less than 700 miles left to go, Matthew embraces every aspect of the journey. His sister, Kate, began the journey with him in Georgia, until she left for Philmont Scout Ranch to begin her summer job as a Ranger. Matthew’s friend, David, then joined Matthew to hike a major section of the trail.
While hiking, Matthew meets people from all over the world. He creates relationships with hikers and many others, all while traveling through breathtaking scenery.
Bears, inclement weather, and tough terrain do not deter his determination to reach the final destination on Mount Katahdin, in Maine. As he hikes, Matthew’s experiences continually remind him of life’s sincere nature for generosity, friendship, and encouragement. 
Completing the trail is only part of Matthew’s goal on his Great AT Expedition. He is also on a quest to raise money for the Mtinko Well Project, a remote community in Tanzania, as well as raise funds for his adventure. A Scouting Blog has picked up his blog highlighting the adventure in a recent article.
With less than 30 days to go on the trail, you can follow along on his daily blog as he continues his journey to Maine. Enjoy the pictures and consider dontating to the Mtinko Well Project.
 "Follow two Troop 505 scouts on the Great Appalachian Trail Expedition." The Corner Stone. July 7 , 2017. http://www.oakhillumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cs_july0717.pdf.