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How was I to know that when I impulsively decided to hike across Washington state in 2002, how much my life was about to change? And I mean really change! Through the people I have met, the places I have been, and the experiences that challenged me physically, mentally, psychologically, and left their mark on the path of my existence. Since that brutal introduction to long distance hiking, I have accumulated over 12,270 miles, and this summer, I plan to complete the Triple Crown of Hiking.
according to wikipedia:
"The Triple Crown of Hiking informally refers to the three major U.S. long distance hiking trails:
Pacific Crest Trail - 2,654 miles (4,270 km) long, Washington, Oregon, and California between Mexico and Canada following the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range.
Appalachian Trail - 2,184 miles (3,515 km), between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.
Continental Divide Trail - 3,100 miles (5,000 km), between Mexico and Canada following the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and traversing Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
The total length of the three trails is about 7,900 miles (12,700 km); vertical gain is more than 1,000,000 feet (300,000 m) (190 miles). A total of 22 states are visited if the three trails are completed The American Long Distance Hiking Association - West (ALDA-WEST) is the only organization that recognizes this hiking feat. At the ALDHA-West Gathering, held each fall, the Triple Crown honorees are recognized and awarded plaques noting their achievement. As of October 2012, 174 hikers have been designated Triple Crowners."
 Pacific Crest Trail Association. "Pacific Crest Trail - Frequently Asked Questions". Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail: Online Map and Guide - Mexico to Canada. United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
 Gailey, Chris (2006). "Appalachian Trail FAQs" Outdoors.org (accessed September 14, 2006)
 Karen Berger. "America's Triple CrownHiking on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails". Gorp. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
 Glenn Adams, Associated Press Writer (October 27, 2001). "Hiker Achieves 'Triple Crown'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
 "Triple Crown", American Long Distance Hiking Association - West