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I have thought a lot about this first entry. Like, a lot a lot. Honestly, probably a bit too much. I guess it’s much better than not thinking it through right? Kind of like the decision I made to actually walk 2,190 miles…It took a really...Show More Summary

Trail Tales

While in Hot Springs on a day off from hiking, we stayed at the historic House of Jane Gentry, now called the Sunnybank Inn. It couldn’t have been more delightful. Jane Gentry was famous for her collection and preservation of Appalachian folklore in stories and songs. Show More Summary

Things To Expect On A Thru-Hike

As I sit down to write this article, I’m flooded with memories from the trail. And to think, each hiker has as many memories as I do. This is about the time of year that people set out on their attempt of a thru-hike. They’re going to create just as many memories and get a new, unaltered view of life. Show More Summary

I Had to Quit, but Only For a Bit

Hey, I made a rhyme! Seriously though, I made it to northbound mile 318 – Sam’s Gap, and I quit the trail. When I left Hot Springs several days prior it had snowed and the forecast had snow in it for the next week. I was actually excited since I had carried all my winter gear since I left on February 6. Show More Summary

Future Thru Hiker: NOBO 2019

I’m going to start this blog off with one of my favorite quotes from my favorite author, Stephen King: “When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. Show More Summary

Update #3: Life Lessons from the Trail 

Where does the time go? I blinked and now I have been on the trail for 24 days! Let’s do a little recap of the things I have learned so far: The Trail is Hard Gandalf and I mentally prepared for the trail by anticipating more hard days than not. Show More Summary

Hiker Trash: Volume III

Hikers are trashy folk, and the Hiker Trash submissions keep rolling in. Here’s Volume III of the trashiest of the trash, including leftover food, day hikers seeing more than they wanted to, and some used underwear. Full Moon Over the...Show More Summary

AT 1: Georgia on my Mind

A heads up: photos shared on this blog will typically be from my iPhone 7. Nearly all of the photos taken with my dslr will be stockpiled until I finish the trail and can post-process them Georgia: 78.2 Miles & 6 Days Total Miles: 78.2 Total...Show More Summary

Camera Basics To Learn Before You Hike

If you’re like me, a phone camera won’t be enough for when you start your hike. With incredible views around every turn, chances are you’ll invest in a higher quality camera to take photos that will capture these memories to look back on after your hike. Show More Summary

When you’re hot you’re HOT!

It feeks like I’m pushing a noodle uphill right now! With all of the excitement of everyone besides me “on trail” I find myself most envious of all of the posted photos blogs.  The views and trail looks great.  After almost a year of...Show More Summary

Into North Carolina

The NOC My friend Marcy texted me this morning. After some chit chat and apologizing on my part for totally forgetting to text her on her birthday, she asks me if I’m doing well. “Yeah, I’m doing great,” I say, as I’m taping a blister on my foot in a dirty laundry room behind a general store. Show More Summary

Feet! Between you and the Ground

Thank your feet for putting up with miles of walking through mud, rain, rocks and roots. The post Feet! Between you and the Ground appeared first on The Trek.

109.5 Miles the AT

It has been five days since I left Hiawassee, Georgia, and I have since crossed two big milestones. Day 8 10.4 miles Back on the trail after my zero in Hiawassee, which proved to be a much needed rest. I started the morning with the hotel comp breakfast and all but feasted on scrambled eggs, bacon, and english muffins. Show More Summary

My dog is the Bo Jackson of Long Distance Hiking

With plenty of time on our hands during our AT thru hike in 2016 my friends and I would play a game. It was kind of like 20 questions but without a limit on the questions. We simply went until someone guessed who or what we were thinking about. Answers included; Marv from Sin City, The Dude from the Big Lebowski, mostly famous people or places. Show More Summary

Help The Hiker Yearbook Win a Small-Business Grant!

“I’ve seen a lot of books on the Appalachian Trail. Finally, somebody got it right. It’s about the people” – Hiker Alumni, Class of ’75 Those who hike the Appalachian Trail share a lifelong bond. They have walked in each other’s footsteps and have faced the challenges and joys of 2,189 miles. Show More Summary

Trail Update #2: the week of the first milestones

Hello from North Carolina! This past week held a number of firsts and first milestones, but the outpouring of concern I got after my last post requires a brief health update before I get into the good stuff: The Bee’s Knees Thank you...Show More Summary

6 Fears to Take on the Appalachian Trail

When family, friends, and acquaintances learn of my plan to thru hike the Appalachian Trail, the top questions I receive are almost always 1) am I going alone and 2) am I bringing a gun. The post 6 Fears to Take on the Appalachian Trail appeared first on The Trek.

The “Night-Before” Feels

“One day or day one. You decide” March 2016: I was sitting in my 250 person auditorium classroom  watching 2016 AT Tru Hikers depart from Springer Mountain in hopes to become part of the 25%. Days/ weeks go by and I remember watching...Show More Summary

I almost quit today.

Hey, I’m laid up in bed, enjoying a nice zero at St. Luke’s Hostel in Virginia, when it dawned on me: “I almost quit today.” That phrase. That simple little, four-worded sentence was my first journal entry on the AT. Now, I think back to that day and laugh, but it was anything but funny at the time. You see, it was February 1st, 2017. Show More Summary

Last Minute Advice for PCT Thru Hikers

A thru hike is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s special. It’s a break from the normalcy of city life – an opportunity to find your soul and enjoy a 6 month love affair with Nature. Start Slow If you blitz through the trail you will go back to ‘normal life’ sooner. Show More Summary

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