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Fort Wayne native hikes Appalachian Trail

It took 153 days, around 2200 miles, and four pairs of shoes, but now Trevor Krall is feeling on top of the world.

Posted: Aug 18, 2018 8:13 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2018 10:33 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A Fort Wayne native is relaxing with his fiance and family after finishing his greatest adventure yet-- hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Trevor Krall has always loved hiking and seizes every opportunity. It took 153 days, around 2200 miles, and four pairs of shoes, but now Krall is feeling on top of the world.

"One day I was running and I just got this feeling inside me, and felt like I needed to push my limits just a little bit farther," Krall said.

Krall started in Georgia in February and finished in Maine in July. He's wanted to make the trip for the last five years, studying and physically preparing himself.

"It kind of hit me one day, I said, 'You know what? I'm going to be out there for almost six months, so I can just let the trail whip me into shape,'" he said.

He started the trip alone, but made some friends along the way that made the hard days easier.

"When you travel that far, the familiar faces are the people that have been near you for days or weeks, months on end. I made some lifelong friends out there," Krall said.

The hardest part of the trip was a blizzard that started unexpectedly in the first few days of the hike.

"I remember when I went to bed that night, I wrapped myself in my emergency Mylar blanket, put on every item of clothing I had, and I think I said out loud to myself, 'Well, I just really hope I wake up in the morning,'" he said.

But he did wake up, and kept going.

His biggest fan along the way was his mom. She sent him care packages and documented his entire trip on a map, putting stickers down every time he called home.

"I truly, honestly, can't believe that he actually did it. I mean, it's been a wild ride. I'm just so proud of him," said Jackie Krall.

Krall said his message to anyone considering this hike, or any other dream they have is this: "Do not be afraid of scaring the total crap out of yourself."

Krall said his next hike may be the Pacific Crest Trail. He's working on a documentary about the Appalachian Trail. You can follow the progress of the movie on his Instagram page.

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