Teaching Homeschool On The Appalachian Trail

Out of a tent, on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, this spring and summer the Tougas family of Canada — dad Damien, mom Renee, and kids Celine, Laurent, and Brienne — plan to hike 2,000+ miles together.

Family thru hike and homeschool Appalachian trail
The Tougas family plans to hike 2,200 miles starting in April

The kids will be homeschooled along the way. Damien, a web developer as well as the editor of the shoe blog Toe Salad, will head up a project to produce a video series “telling the story of our family thru-hike,” as he puts it.

As a father myself, I can say this is one of the more ambitious outdoor feats I have ever seen proposed! The kids, ages 14, 13, and 11, will carry their own weight and hike up to 20 miles a day.

The project is up for funding on Kickstarter this month. Fund the Tougas family and follow their progress beginning this spring. We’ll be cheering for them the whole way.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.