On December 4, 2015, Tom Gathman began the 2,190 mile hike at Mount Katahdin in Maine — the end point for most AT "thru-hikers."

Forget the red carpet, says Tom. He has the white one. He averages around 15 miles a day, though has pushed past 20.

The Real Hiking Viking = one-half viking, one-half thrill-seeker, two-thirds beard. Also hat. It never comes off.

On December 4, 2015, Tom Gathman began the 2,190 mile hike at Mount Katahdin in Maine — the end point for most AT "thru-hikers."

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