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Undertaking such a challenge as hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail can be daunting and downright scary to think about. That is why we here at Wandering Boots can assure you that all our guides have extensive Appalachian Trail hiking experience. They all have been through the logistics of planning such a long journey, the hazards involved & the mental and physical difficulties one endures while hiking for such long periods of time. They also know what it takes to to put one foot in front of the other day in and day out. They have experienced the joys of being in such beautiful surroundings as well as the challenges that come with it. Each group will have a primary guide and an assistant  to ensure that all hikers needs are met.

Our primary Instructor, Expert & Founder, Michelle Michaud aka "Fyrfly", has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since 1998. She has completed the trail in sections from '98 to '08 and then did 2 thru-hikes with one in 2014 and again in 2017. She has hiked various parts several times and has a great rapore with many of the hostel owners along the way. Her experience does not stop there either. Over the years she has traveled across the country hiking and backpacking in many of the country's state and national parks. She has also hiked overseas in Scotland climbing to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Great Britain at 4,409 ft, plus the 125 mile West Highland Trail. For those who wonder about medical issues, she also has over 13 years experience as an Orlando area firefighter and trauma EMT so there is not much that she cannot handle and has not experienced. Hikers are in very good hands. She is well trained for all emergencies and has even experienced some of them personally. Born & raised in Maine, she is well traveled and would love to tell you about her many traveling adventures or show you around her home state. 

"I love teaching folks who are new to backpacking, I talk about my love for the sport, all the different gear involved, the different choices of gear specific to long distance hiking, how to use all the gear and how to train. I also discuss the AT and what to expect, what the risks are, how to read the guidebooks and follow the trail, how to practice  LNT ethics while enjoying the beauty around them and more. Once our 24 hr Instruction Seminar is over, I invite my students on a free hike along the Appalachian Trail to answer questions and offer assistance if needed."