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Going all the way on the Appalachian Trail 

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Hiking from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail can be a life-changing trip.

Andrew Iden has talked to a few dozen people who have made the 2,180-mile journey.

He calls it “one of the most American experiences possible,” a way to tap into an oxygenated dose of the national spirit.

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Andrew Iden, an editor at CNN, is also producer of a podcast called “The 2180,” which collects tales from the hearty souls who have hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail. CONTRIBUTED: ANDREW IDEN

In his spare time, Iden, a CNN producer and editor, has assembled the stories from those intrepid hikers into a podcast called “The 2180.”  

He profiles a psychologist who took this walk through the mountains as a way to overcome her fear of heights; a young man who found inspiration for an outdoor apparel company while hiking the trail.

Iden also talked with some of the champions who soothe sore feet and cook hot meals for the intrepid hikers, at hostels and outfitter shops.

The AJC participated in its own through-hike -- of a sort -- back in 1995, and Iden included us in the conversation.

In turn, we had a chance to talk to him about his experiences with trail magic.

Listen to this conversation, and some reminiscences from the journalists involved in the 1995 hike, at accessAtlanta.

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