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Day 1-4: From Thru to Through and Back Again

Day 1: Amicalola Lodge to Springer Mountain Shelter We woke early after our second night at Amicalola Lodge to a foggy rainy morning and a lot of nervous energy. We showered, dressed in hiking clothes, and went down to breakfast. With running water, the full menu was available, and we ordered real brewed coffee,......

Coco and Earl — Days 14 through 20 — Scotch, an Oatmeal Pie, and a Shelter

Our third week on the AT! Yay for us. Since the last post, Earl and I have hiked 58.1 miles taking us to our current distance of 165.9. Feel free to check the math. I’m not too picky about these things these days. I do know the total is accurate. Here are some highlights! ......

Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

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I’m planning to volunteer for Dave Adlard’s NEXT expedition race. Social media. Photos. Video. June 28th – July 4th, 2015. Over almost 7 days, teams will undertake a 340 – 600 km (200 – 350 miles) expedition over some of … Continue reading ?

Bear Wrist—I mean, Gear List. Damn you, AutoCorrect!

Mike here! There are many reasons to post your worldly possessions on the internet. This is so that my Mom knows I have everything I need to survive six months of hiking punctuated by weekly bouts of civilization. PACK SYSTEM! Pack: Deuter ACT Lite 50 +10 Just before I left North Carolina I was fitted for last......

An Inauspicious Start

So…I have made it to Hiawassee, GA, which means that I have made it down 69.6 miles of the Appalachian Trail! Yay! However, as my father pointed out when I called him crying on the second day of hiking (I promise I will explain that in a minute), I was not off to a very......

Finding Your True North By Hiking North.

So here is a great pic, it has nothing to do with the Appalachian Trail.  Well, the event doesn’t, but the mindset does.  This was my computer background for good long while.  It is a pic from one of the obstacles on a Tough Mudder.  I’ve only done three, but I have enjoyed every one...

Gettin’ Stinky

Day 8 It was finally time to take a zero day. We finished our hike on a beautiful day up to Dick’s Creek, 11 miles outside of Haiwassee. At first, we were planning on just camping outside of town to save some money, but, yeah, that didn’t happen. After an 11 mile hike that day,......

Mile Marker’s First Two Weeks

Wow! It’s already been over two weeks  on the trail – I started from Springer on March 10th. My apologies for not updating this sooner, I’ve been using Instagram and Facebook to regularly update folks, usually via photographs. I’ll try to update this weekly but it all depends on Internet access and whether my phone......

Lux’s Birth Story

I can’t even count the number of birth stories I read in order to prepare myself for my own. I am writing this not only for my own memory but for others who… Continue reading ?

Photo Friday – March 28, 2015

It’s Spring Break, so this week’s Photo Friday is a celebration of that most time-honored tradition — the spring break road trip. We’ve been getting a ton of really fantastic images in the #modernhiker hashtag lately, but these four are our favorites for this week – Johnny Sanchez took his family up to Big Sur…

Review: Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

Rain Jacket Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket $399, 11 oz. (men’s medium) Sizes: men’s S-XXL montane.co.uk Not many corners of the globe receive more rain than southern New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, which sees anywhere from seven to 10 meters of … Continue reading ?

Danny MacAskill’s Solar Eclipse

On Friday March 20th a Solar Eclipse plunged Europe into darkness. Photographer Rutger Pauw teamed up with Danny MacAskill to capture the moment on Danny’s homeland, the Isle of Skye in Scotland. With just one small window of opportunity to … Continue reading ?

Best Dimensions for a 1 Person Backpacking Tarp

If you crave a deep connection with the wilderness, there’s nothing more intimate than sleeping under a square or rectangular tarp. Pitching a tarp takes more thought than setting up a tent because you need to consider what the best setup or “shape” will be for the night and whether it needs to be wind or weather resistant, the […]            

And We’re Off!

Let’s just talk about that first day… On the morning Barkley and I left for the trail (Friday the 20th), I woke up in Bowling Green, KY in my aunt Michelle’s house at 3:30 in the morning. We were still about 5 hours away from Springer Mountain and had to deal with a time change on the......

Elevation Challenged

I’ve been walking and hiking a minimum of 5 miles a day since the fall. Ian and I did a 50 mile trip in MD in December. So, even though I’ve been a little less enthusiastic in February due to all the snow (I was thinking maybe shoveling my driveway was enough) I felt I was......

What’s Next for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

The auditorium at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center was packed to capacity last night for a presentation and short question-and-answer session titled “San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – What’s Next?” Organized by the Sierra Club, the event aimed to get people up to speed with the new National Monument so far and give a glimpse…

pura vida

Twenty-four days before I start walking from Georgia to Maine, and a random series of events later, I find myself on a peaceful little beach in Costa Rica, listening to the sounds of the ocean and hiding from direct sun. Anyone who has taken a breath of the salty Costa Rican air is very familiar......

Third Trimester

I didn’t realize that when I would be writing my third trimester blog I would have my baby sleeping on my chest while writing. Most people had me convinced that I would be… Continue reading ?

A Tale of Two Smokies: Franklin, NC to Hot Springs, NC.

“Glad you’re not dead yet.” – Colin Heneghan Comforting words from one of my best friends and former roommate Colin. He means well. Things are actually going fantastic – I have quite a bit to write about since the last time I checked in (way back in Franklin, 170 miles ago). In order for these......

Hiking Worsham Canyon

Less than a mile from the trailhead to the very popular (and often overcrowded) Turnbull Canyon lies the inconspicuous trailhead for the Elderberry Trail. It can be very easy to miss – the sign isn’t terribly visible from the road, it’s placed at a sharp hairpin turn, and odds are you won’t find many other…

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