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Appalachain Trail Blog

"Holy Smokies...Tennessee is Rad"

12/27/2011 05:16:58 P.M.

That’s the message I sent to some friends upon my family’s arrival to the Volunteer State. I already have an affinity for the mountains that was birthed in me when I grew up in Oregon, and as November began, with the leaves turned a beautiful golden yellow color, the air carried a crisp - almost cedar tasting - feel to it – and I was loving life. Add to that, the fact that it was my 31st birthday and we were in town for a wedding – and it’s clear to me that the galaxy had offered me a most radical weekend adventure.

"Holy Smokies...Tennessee is Rad" »

Explaining the functionality of my internal framed Gregory Z-Series (Jade Series for the ladies) backpack is like trying to explain the resourcefulness of a pocketknife on the trail - it's essential. The versatility is broad, no matter where you find your destination.

An Exposition on the Gregory Z55 Backpack »

I began this journey wanting to take a walk on the Appalachian Trail. In fact, this was not the initial trail I wanted to walk. I had several other long distance trails in mind. One by one, family matters and logistics, made those trails impossible to walk. Then, the AT came into my head. I often wondered if I had the chance to hike the AT again how would I do it.

Krispy Kritter Completes The Appalachian Trail »

Appalachian Trail Day 126

08/16/2010 10:33:18 A.M.

Our own Krispy Kritter is getting close to completing his AT journey, only 477.9 miles to go!

Appalachian Trail Day 126 »

Appalachian Trail Day 55

05/30/2010 09:52:58 A.M.

It was Krispy Kritter's birthday today, happy birthday man!

Appalachian Trail Day 55 »

Appalachian Trail Day 54

05/29/2010 01:49:56 P.M.
May 29, 2010 - Day 54 - Tuesday
Destination: Wilson Creek Shelter
Starting Location: Daleville, VA
Today's Miles: 11.20
Trip Miles: 729.80

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."    ~Japanese proverb

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Appalachian Trail Day 50

05/25/2010 03:49:46 P.M.
May 25, 2010 - Day 50 - Tuesday
Destination: Laurel Creek Shelter
Starting Location: Pine Swamp Branch Shelter
Today's Miles: 18.50
Trip Miles: 663.60

"You can only do what you can do." ~ King Lui, Glastonbury Castle

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Appalachian Trail Day 43

05/18/2010 02:50:28 P.M.
May 18, 2010 - Day 43 - Tuesday
Destination: Knot Maul Branch Shelter
Starting Location: Atkins, VA - Hard Core
Today's Miles: 14.00
Trip Miles: 553.10

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Appalachain Trail Day 39

05/14/2010 01:28:17 P.M.

May 14, 2010 - Day 39 - Friday

Destination: Damascus, VA - Trail Days
Starting Location: Atkins, VA
Today's Miles: 0.00
Trip Miles: 539.10

The first thing I did when I got into Damascus was walk up to tent city where the majority of the hikers were staying. Tent City was laid out differently this year because part of the land was under construction for new baseball/soccer fields. Volunteers for the last three days had been cutting and constructing trails and campsites in the posion ivy infested woods running along a stream. The trails ran a 1/2 of a mile in one direction and a 1/4 of a mile in the other. Premium tent sites were being taken quickly. Several communities were springing up with names like Billville, Miss Janets, Riff Raff, Alcatraz, Trail Talk, Dog Bone Fire to name a few. I decided to head over to the Gear repair site to meet old friends. Granite Gear, big Agnes, Osprey, Mountain Hardwear and others were present repairing for free broken or torn gear brought over by thru hikers. Due to the new configuration, the crowds did not enter through this section to get to tent city this year so the numbers of visitors were down this year. Met up with my friend, Fix It Man and he set me up for the weekend. I decided I wasn't going to do anything but relax, eat and have a few beers.

Appalachain Trail Day 39 »

Appalachain Trail Day 29

05/04/2010 01:19:43 P.M.

May 4, 2010 – Day 29 - Tuesday

Destination: Mountaineer Shelter
Starting Location: Overmountain Shelter
Today's Miles: 18.00
Trip Miles: 397.50

"Forget about time...concentrate on timing."   ~Jonathan Passel

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