Welcome. You're about to hop on the Appalachian Trail and become part of the 2009 thru-hike of Chris Hennig, whose trail name was "Feed Bag." While Feed Bag took in all the personal benefits of spending hours alone in the woods (getting in better shape, crying, pondering the meaning of life), there is a purpose greater than that for which he hiked: to make the world a better place for children. And you can be a part of this journey starting now...and help make a difference!

Start Date: 3/29/09 End Date: 9/5/09

Can you excuse my blog of its cobwebs?

Filed under: Blog Posts — chrishennig @ 8:34 pm July 8, 2011

Me: Welcome Back.
Feed Bag: Thanks!
Me: What have you been up to?
Feed Bag: Oh, you know, gaining back all that weight I lost on the trail, grooming more regularly, and still traveling a lot.
Me: Anywhere of interest?
Feed Bag: Well, made it to my 48th state, Montana! Visited Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Wind Cave, and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks last fall. Biscayne Bay and Everglades National Park this spring.
Me: Oooh…fun.
Feed Bag: Yeah, it’s a new goal of mine. Not only go to all 50 states, but visit all the National Parks
Me: Hmm…maybe we should retool this blog into not just about the AT, but about traveling in general…
Feed Bag: I agree…but can we keep the name 2200miles.com?
Me: Yes. Until I can come up with something more creative…

Thanks for coming back for a read. If it’s your first time here, welcome. The blog was originally created to share my journey on the Appalachian Trail from March 29th to September 5th in 2009. Along the way I also compared life on the trail with that of people living in developing countries in which my organization works (World Vision). Things like…not having a faucet to turn on to wash your hands, sleeping without four walls around you, and vulnerability to all sorts of injuries and sicknesses. See all around this blog for more on that.

That said, the I trust you’ll find the next few tidbits of information relevant and I’m excited to share them over the next few weeks. Interestingly, my last blog ended with “The next time you hear from me will either be a.) to announce my next adventure and invite you along or b.) to talk about how you can see “The Road Less Traveled,” the documentary I was filming for.” Pretty close.

First, the AT Documentary I was filming for (Road Less Traveled) has been edited and completed in a 90-minute format! I’m actually getting to see it for the first time this evening at a screening in Reston, VA! While it may not be available for purchase soon, I’ll keep you posted if it gets picked up by any TV stations and other viewing opportunities. Next week I’ll blog my reaction to seeing myself and 5 other hikers on screen for an hour and a half. Look Ma, I’m on the TV!

Second, I’m SO excited to announce that I’ll be taking my first overseas trip with World Vision to Tanzania one week from today! While there, myself and five other guests will be given tours of different areas where WV works, showing us communities where we’ve been for a while, as well as areas that still need our help. I really have no idea what to expect other than to be enlightened and changed.

Lastly, what trip to Tanzania is complete without…a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro? I couldn’t resist staying an extra 8 days to get a view of Africa from its highest peak. While not a technical mountaineering experience requiring crampons, ice axes, and ropes, at 19,400 feet it remains snow-capped year round (on the equator) and presents an enormous challenge, not just in distance, but in altitude. I’ve never experience any height beyond what can be driven to in Estes Park, CO. So I’m anxious to see if I respond poorly, on par, or above average to the challenge of acclimatization.

So, next Saturday I’ll board a plane for a very long time.

But before then, I’ll blog again.

And maybe, if we’re lucky, I’ll blog from Africa.

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