BANGOR — One Bangor resident pulled off what many people dream of doing. Her journey to hike the entire Appalachian Trail ended on Mount Katahdin last Saturday.
Katie Sutherland and her dog, PR, finished their 2,190-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail last weekend.
“I set this year as a date because I figured I’m never going to go if I don’t pick a date and say ‘OK, that’s it,'” Sutherland said. “The year 2020 was significant because it was 20th anniversary of my mother’s death.”
They hiked about 10 to 15 miles nearly every day starting in March.
“He is a like a rock star,” Sutherland said of PR. “I swear he can hike better and longer than me. He’s like a little mountain goat.”
While Sutherland said most of her resupply stops were planned in advance, hiking the AT during a pandemic brought its own challenges.
“Resupply was a huge issue,” she said. “We were dealing with shortages of items at one point, like toilet paper.”
Halfway through the trip, Katie and PR were joined by the “Hawk Support Team.”
“It was kind of nice to see it from someone else’s perspective for the first time,” said Craig “Hawk”‘ Mains. “It brings me back to my first time. It’s pretty nice.”
Mains joined Sutherland in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. He plans to go back and hike south to Georgia from there.
That will be his fifth time hiking the trail.
While Sutherland did the first half of the trail alone, she says the trip was anything but lonely.
“A huge shout out to everyone who was there to push me and support me towards my goal of Katahdin,” she said.