6-year-old girl breaks hiking record with family on Appalachian Trail

This family made history, and they almost did it in time for the start of the school year. The Malones spent the months of February through August, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.

20 years after her first Appalachian hike, Jamie, her husband Chris, and their four daughters, Maya,13, Harper, 11, Josie, 8, and Sabina, 6, camped in snow, and hiked across rivers and up mountains, all with blistered toes and homework assignments to complete.

“In some of the toughest physical moments, they would get sort of a fire in their eyes and say let’s do it,” said Chris. One of those tough moments was hiking Mount Katahdin, the final summit in Maine.

After walking 2,190 miles, the Malones were caught in a storm. A ranger told them to turn around when they were two miles from the top. The girls stopped, huddled along the side of the rocky mountain, and sang “Hallelujah” in the rain, before they abandoned their last climb.

But a few days later, the weather cleared and they were singing a different tune. “Let yourself feel pride, always stay humble and kind,” sang the girls from atop Mount Katahdin.

Most of the family celebrated birthdays along the trail, including Sabina, who turned 6, and is now believed to be the youngest female to ever hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

The Malones also raised more than $10,000 dollars for 6 different charities, while they were hiking.



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