Appalachian Trail – 2013

Mile 2186 Katahdin, ME – Reflections on a completed thru-hike.

I summited Katahdin at 11 AM on Sunday August 18. The trek is now complete and I’m staying for the week in Blue Hill, ME at Scout’s house. I summited with Spoon, Silver, Calamity, and Sherpa. On the same day reaching the summit was Johnny Walker, Jeremiah, and Misery. We had great weather in Maine …

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Mile 2000+ Caratunk, ME – The Hitchhike, Lakes and Ponds, and Beer Magic

After the latest rainstorm I knew it to be clear for at least 2 days. Zero percent chance of rain. Shocking. So I got up at 5:30 AM to start hiking. The trail was a complicated double hitchhike of over 10 miles away. It was early Saturday morning in rural Maine. Not good odds. O …

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Mile 1918.7 Grafton Notch, ME – Toils, Dangers, and Snares.

“If my mother saw me right now she’d probably have a heart attack”, I thought while hanging on to a tree root with one hand and jumping with both feet to the next position up the rock cliff. This trail is no longer a hike. It is mostly climbing. Our poles are put away in …

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Mile 1853.0 Mt. Washington, NH – The Huts, the Hikers, and the Headaches

Our Gang of Four resumed climbing yesterday up a steep 3,000 ft from Crawford Notch and then over Crawford Path (the oldest trail in the US) eventually landing at the Lake of the Clouds hut. At the hut we stayed for free and did dishes and various chores to compensate. The clouds came later in …

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Mile 1840.5 Crawford Notch, NH – 5 Hour Energy, Franconia, and a couple of tra-la-las.

We hiked possibly the best section of the AT over the last two days. Franconia ridge, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Lafayette, and Mt. Garfield. It was fairly easy to get up to the ridge as far as 4000 ft climbs go. Along the ridge we had fog clouds quickly rolling in and out with temperatures in …

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Mile 1812.8 Franconia Notch, NH – Puddles, and Scrambles, and Climbs, oh my!

We started the challenge of the White Mountains two days ago with the climb of Mt. Moosilauke. It was a perfect day with great views on the summit. Over 50 people were at the summit, many of them who walked up a side trail from a nearby lodge. There was also at least five dogs …

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Mile 1761.4 – Lyme, NH – Rain, Wind, and Weather

Rolling, rolling, rolling; keep them miles rolling. Yesterday we were joined by Susquehanna Slim, a nearly-retired IT Diector from New Jersey. He’s on board with the DBP – the Don’s Brother Plan. As I told Don’s Brother, the DBP is an MVP. Thus it was an easy decision for Slim to join. We hiked 9.5 …

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Mile 1733.9 West Hartford, VT – Pater Familias, A.P. English, and Korean Food

Matt Pater is a friend from high school who happens to live on a street which crosses the Appalachian Trail. So I’m lucky to have a place to stay for a few days. And since my brother is here with a car I’m still making miles down the trail each day. Matt lives just miles …

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Mile 1697.6 US 4 – Best Day Evah, Killington, and Klondike Bars

This was pretty much the best day on the trail yet. Pilgrim, Don’s Brother, and I got dropped off at the trailhead by my brother the chauffeur. Although we started the day with bugs and 80 degrees a cold front finally came through and the temperatures moved into the 70’s for the rest of the …

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Mile 1680.2 Rutland, VT – Cairns, Heat Wave, Homesickness

We started off at 7 AM on the trail after getting a ride from Jeff at the Green Mountain House hostel to McDonalds for breakfast. Since Don’s Brother and Pilgrim are often voting for McD’s breakfast I’m collecting the monopoly game pieces. We’re pretty close to winning a million dollars, a 2014 Fiat, and tickets …

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Mile 1665.4 Big Black Branch Bridge, VT – Bromley Mt., Mad Tom, and Training Montage

We climbed Bromley Mt. today which had a fairly gradual approach until the last bit where we walked up a steep ski slope. Once on top we saw the ski gondolas used on the other side of the mountain. The black flies were out in force so we quickly moved on. We met up with …

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Mile 1647.8 – Manchester VT – Mt. Stratton, No Extra Credit, and Terminology

We hiked over Stratton Mt. today, the first of 3 large mountains in Vermont. The name of the state, Vermont, I think is French for “Green Mountain.” The hiking here is rated a 6/10 on the difficulty scale of the AT so I’ve heard. There was a 1700 ft climb. At the top is a …

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Mile 1628.3 USFS 71 – ESPN Trail, Steve, and a Moose

Bob: Welcome back to ESPN Trail, the only network providing 24/7 live coverage of hiking and only hiking. Our hiking head-cam today is on our featured hiker along the Appalachian Trail giving our home audience a first-person view of the action just as happens, LIVE! People are actually willing to watch golf and bowling so …

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Mile 1607.7 Bennington, VT – Lost Treasure, The Clash, and Info

I really like information. Being in the wilderness and out of the know on the Appalachian Trail is difficult for me. I certainly don’t want to know about world events or the news. But I love the Information Age for the ability to read about any topic on Wikipedia. I also love books but I …

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Mile 1589.3 Williamstown, MA – Mt. Greylock, Camaraderie, and the Summer of George

“I’m going to close the bathroom door because the faucet drips and the toilet runs,” said Pilgrim. Pilgrim, Don’s Brother, and yours truly (Banzai) are staying at the Villager motel in Williamstown; chosen for its availability more than its price. Despite the high price of the motel here in the Berkshires it’s not terribly nice …

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Mile 1556.3 – Beckett, MA – Hotel Hopping and Microwaved McDonalds

Hiking with Don’s Brother and Pilgrim is going swimmingly. These are the only hikers I’ve met that are more restaurant-happy than I am. Pilgrim, who is an emaciated 135 lbs needs to eat at every opportunity. We’re each in the mindset that success on the trail outweighs the financial costs. Thus we’re living it up …

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Mile 1538.3 – Tyringham, MA – Don's Brother, Runners, and Drop Outs

I’ve crossed path with Don’s Brother a few times along the trail. I again met up with him yesterday and decided to tag along on his AT plans. Don’s Brother, along with Pilgrim, are planning a hike of slack-packing, shuttles, and hotels. This sounds like a good idea to me. Slack-packing requires a shuttle ride …

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Mile 1517.7 Great Barrington, MA – Beard Comb, iPad, Bugs, and Bugs

My beard was growing more sideways than acceptable so I decided to buy a comb. I haven’t owned a comb in years since I generally don’t care about my hair. The beard however was out of control. It tools a few painful passes of the comb but now I look more like an Akkadian king …

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