Hello @sarabass, I am also looking for someone to start hiking the AT with in mid-May 2021. I reached out to the AT long-distance hikers Facebook group to see if anyone is planning on heading out at the same time (link to the group is below); I'm honestly just looking for anyone who could give the peace of mind of not starting out on the trail alone. 

I'm planning to head out from the Springer Mountain, Georgia around May 15th this year, and I'll be hiking as far as I can before the Fall semester starts at Georgia Tech (just after August 7th, 2021). @TAZ and @sarabass , I'd love to start out on the trail with you guys if the time and location coincides with your plans! Please let me know if you'd like to talk on Facebook Messenger.