Appalachian Trail Section 5: Damascus, VA to Pearisburg, VA

Things had gone just about as well as I could’ve possibly hoped for the first month and three states of my trip, but April & Virginia brought me some challenges. When we le ft of in Damascus, we had hiked over 75 miles in three days and were feeling great about what Virginia had in … More Appalachian Trail Section 5: Damascus, VA to Pearisburg, VA

Appalachian Trail Section 4: Hot Springs, NC to Damascus, VA

So it’s been a while since my last update, and we’ve covered a ton of miles since Hot Springs — 195.8, to be exact — so I’ll try to keep the daily rundowns as brief as possible. This certainly wasn’t the most exciting section of the trail so far, but it definitely had some great … More Appalachian Trail Section 4: Hot Springs, NC to Damascus, VA

Appalachian Trail Section 3: Fontana Village, NC to Hot Springs, NC

Since my last update from Fontana Village, we’ve traveled just over 100 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the first true “trail town” on our journey, Hot Springs, North Carolina. I call Hot Springs a true trail town because the Appalachian Trail actually runs down main street through the town, with AT … More Appalachian Trail Section 3: Fontana Village, NC to Hot Springs, NC

Appalachian Trail Section 2: Dick’s Creek Gap to Fontana Village, NC

So it’s been a few days since I’ve written an update, but I’m finally back in front of a computer at the beautiful Fontana Village Resort just outside of Fontana Dam, North Carolina. In true thru-hiker fashion, I’m splitting a room here tonight with three other hikers who I’ve met along the trail. Here’s a … More Appalachian Trail Section 2: Dick’s Creek Gap to Fontana Village, NC

Appalachian Trail Section 1: Amicalola Falls SP to Dick’s Creek Gap

After six days on-trail and five on the AT, I’ve finally gotten off-trail for the first time since last Wednesday, when I flew into Atlanta. Today I reached Dick’s Creek Gap outside of Hiawassee, GA — AT mile 69.3 — where I walked a half-mile to the Top of Georgia Hostel. For $30, I get … More Appalachian Trail Section 1: Amicalola Falls SP to Dick’s Creek Gap

Weekend Retrospective: Northern Presis, Mt. Cabot

As most people know, White Mountain weather can change quickly. Especially up above treeline, it’s not uncommon to start your day with sunny skies and a gentle breeze and find yourself under stormy skies and stiff winds by lunchtime. Even knowing how volatile the weather here can be, it’s always somewhat of an eye-opener to … More Weekend Retrospective: Northern Presis, Mt. Cabot

NH48 #43 – Isolation via Boott Spur and Glen Boulder

My day began at 3:30 in the morning with the jolt of my iPhone’s alarm. I wanted to hit snooze and roll back over for nine extra minutes of sleep, but the realization that I hadn’t truly packed the night before — simply gathered everything I needed into piles around the house — got me … More NH48 #43 – Isolation via Boott Spur and Glen Boulder