EXPERIENCES


Prologue to the Epic Journey

April 10, 2017 Prologue It is the eve of the greatest adventure of my life thus far, and writing about it is like shouting into a great abyss and expecting the returning voice ...

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Pain and Rain and Hunger... Mostly Hunger

June 3, 2017 533 miles 10 resupply towns 4 states 1 journey When I look at a map of the entire trail I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I calculate the...

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A Journey of a [Few] Thousand Miles

“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP.” -LAO TZU "The first 100 miles: “we only have to do that 21 more times!” It is amazing what will o...

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The Best and Worst

May 1, 2017 The Best and Worst The best and worst part of hiking the trail has been meeting some pretty amazing people. In our first few days we fell into a bubble. We hiked t...

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The Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains May 1- May 8 These mountains were both breathtaking and unnerving. They afforded us an experience with weather of a more unpredictable nature than even New ...

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Max Patch, NC

I never understood how startlingly stunning a bald could be until I reached Max Patch. I guess there's a reason for the saying "bald is beautiful," and it has nothing to do with a...

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Gaitlinburg, TN

We woke up early because we knew bad weather was imminent. There were still four miles to hike before we could hitch into Gatlinburg to resupply. I trotted ahead of the group with ...

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The Dumbest Thing I've Done... So Far

The Blatant Disregard of Changing Weather May 27, 2017 We spent the afternoon swimming in Watauga Lake. Storm clouds were meandering overhead, but we weren't terribly concerned...

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Captain Crinkles

Captain Crinkles On August 23, 2017, I did not wake and enjoy a leisurely morning coffee. I lowered myself from a bunk in the Little Rock Pond Shelter and embraced the familiar ...

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Public Transportation

April 24, 2017 Before discussing life on the trail, I find it imperative to begin the story of our two-thousand-mile journey with the eternal bus ride. We drove 27 hours from Br...

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Clingman's Dome, TN

The AT climbs to 6,643 feet at its highest point, which is marked by a lookout with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. Ironically, the views along the exposed ridge li...

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Sick, Dying, Dead

The 24-Hour Bug (Norovirus as some would call it) May 15, 2017 I woke feeling nauseous. It had escalated from tossing and turning throughout the night, to running for the neare...

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Navigating Pre-Trail Mind Spaces

This is a breakdown of my mental state before hiking the Appalachian Trail from a rear-view perspective after completion. Summary: The four states 1. The seed has been plante...

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Trail Towns You Literally Can't Miss

It's a spectacular treat when the trail leads you directly through town. There's no rush to get there at a particular time for optimum hitch hiking. It's typically not stressful ...

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