When This 82-Year-Old Began Bleeding Internally, He Feared His Appalachian Trail Attempt Was Over

Image: Dale Sanders via Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

The Appalachian Trail is one of the great hiking challenges of the United States, testing the fortitude of the people who attempt it. For 82-year-old Dale Sanders, it came with an added complication. As he made the effort to hike its full length, he began to bleed internally, placing him in jeopardy.

Sanders had certainly picked out a terrific challenge for himself to begin with. It’s claimed that the trail itself is the longest of its kind, unmatched anywhere across the globe. Stretching from Georgia to Maine, it represents about 2,200 miles of hiking-only trail.

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