I'm 19 years old and plan on starting my AT journey on the 12th of March (just so happens to be my 20th birthday). I am an Eagle Scout and I really know my way around in the woods. I'll be accumulating new gear over the winter, and working on conditioning during that time as well. My original partner was in a bad motorcycle wreck and really messed his knee up, and needless to say cannot thru-hike the AT with me now. I live in Tennessee, so someone who lives close enough to do a couple of practice hikes would be desired.