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This spiritual backpacking experience has three stages of challenge.

AT Challenge (Stage 3 of 3)

Upon completion of the ATDTS outreach, students will have the option to finish hiking the rest of the A.T.  For those who believe God is calling them to complete this journey of perseverance and character, your hiking will continue for an additional 12 weeks. Your team will be lead by experienced Christian missionary staff from Youth With A Mission. Upon completion, you will have hiked 2,180, traversed over 500,000 feet of elevation change (90 miles) and have met God in an intimate and powerful way. Every year 2 t0 3 million people hike some portion of the A.T., yet only 2000 attempt to complete it. Of those who wish to finish only about 500 per year are able to finish. Can you imagine the future you will have when you discover how fearfully and wonderfully you are made?

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news!” Isaiah 52:7

Looking for an amazing Christian gap year experience? Or, are you searching for an authentic Christian community where you can meet God in a deep and personal way? Then join the A.T. Challenge where you will develop perserverance, character & hope for your future as you are discipled by experienced Christian leaders who have served Christ all over the world.

Stage 1 & 2 are mandatory prerequisites for joining the A.T. Challenge.   Stage 3, the A.T. Challenge is optional for those who wish to complete the entire thru-hike spiritual journey.

Stage 1: A.T. DTS Lecture (12 weeks)
Stage 2: A.T. DTS Field Assignment (8 weeks of backpacking ministry on the A.T.)
Stage 3: A.T. Challenge (Optional) 12 additional weeks of thru-hiking, completing all 4 section hikes of the A.T.

A.T. Challenge includes

Completion of the 2180 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at breathtaking Mt. Katahadin Maine. This thru-hike is one of the East Coast’s most demanding physical challenges.  Your team will be lead by experienced Christian missionary staff from Youth With A Mission who have served in extreme places such as the Amazon, Alaska & the Middle East. Upon completion at Mt. Katahadin you will have hiked 2,180 miles, traversed over 500,000 feet of elevation change (90 miles) and have met God in an intimate and powerful way.   Your feat will truly be 1 in a million. Can you imagine the future you will have when you discover how fearfully and wonderfully you are made?

Visit the offical A.T. Website here.

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Real challenge. Real change.

Check out what experienced thru hikers have to say about their journey on the trail.