Thru Hiking is a unique subset of hiking amidst the outdoor recreation world. Traditionally it implies hiking a long trail that would include: resupply, town stops, and such things as mail drops.
Being a Thru Hiker myself, and have enjoyed the challenges of what thru hiking brings, I try to ecourage other outdoor lovers to give it a shot. I enjoy talking thru hiking, and discussing the logistics of it.
Thru Hiking involves quite a bit of preparation. Such things as resupply, water sources, navigation, and contingency measures are quite important. On the other side of things, it can be such a rewarding experience. You become so empowered, and build confidence in your abilty to travel through vast amounts of land on foot.
During a thru hike you may encounter all kinds of weather and terrain. On any given day it may be snowing, raining, or brutally hot. You also may find yourself traveling over mountains, desert, or through vast forests. I love the variety this challenging activity provides!