Appalachian Trail – 2013

Mile1428.0 – Fishkill, NY – Heat Wave, Monastery, and Toenails

I’ve hit a roadblock. It is equally physical and mental. On the physical side the trail seems to be moving slow. This may be the terrain itself through New York which seems to twist and turn at every possibility and go over many rock piles. Mentally, I’ve ran out of things to think about on …

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Mile 1346.8 – Vernon, New Jersey – Pizza, Bugs, and 911

The mosquitoes have come out in full force. The rocks slowly give way to swamps as you leave Pennsylvania and hike into New Jersey. There doesn’t seem to be enough DEET in the world to combat the bugs. With the 90 degree temperatures our sweat removes any bug spray in about 20 minutes and demands …

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Mile 1253.0 – Palmerton, PA – A Blitzkrieg, Lyme Scare, and more Rocks.

My friend Mark picked me up at the Doyle Hotel and Bar in Duncannon, PA. He gave me a hug, little-realizing it would be cleaner to dive into a dumpster. He didn’t smell my hiker odor immediately but once in the car was forced to roll down the windows. Even when it started to rain …

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Mile 857.5 – Waynesboro VA – 2 if by Sea

I’ve decided to go Aquablazing. This means I’m renting a canoe to travel down the Shenendoah River parallel to the AT for a while. I’m headed out tomorrow with Shaman and Jeremiah and expect to go for maybe 5-7 days to Front Royal VA or thereabouts. Aquablazing is apparently approved by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy …

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Mile 780.3 – Glasgow VA – I hike things up and hike them down.

There’s a commericial for Planet Fitness where a massive weightlifter at a competitor’s gym say’s “I pick things up and put them down.” (I suppose they are saying that their own gyms have a normal person clientele, not just dumb brutes). Sometimes hiking the AT makes one feel like a dumb brute (or a pack …

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Go Tell it on the Mountain – Evangelism on the AT

I’ve frequently crossed paths with a 70-something year hiker named Rosy Eagle who was an ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) pastor in his second career. He has section-hiked most of the trail in the past (which explains his ability to make so many miles) and is now thru-hiking. His wife, who has hiked with …

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Mile 273.9 Hot Springs, NC Follow (x4) the white-blazed trail.

We’re off to reach Katahdin, the wonderful mountain of Maine. We hear it is a hike of a hike if ever a hike there was. If ever a hike there was, it’s this because, because, because, because…because of the mountains and miles it does. Before getting back on the trail Chaos, Dip & Sip, and …

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Mile 164.6 Fontana Dam, Fun Patrol Plus, Storms?

I’m on a frustratingly slow computer in the Fontana Lodge and with a 25 minute time limit so I’ll have to make this fast. Due to the slowness of this computer I’ll have to skip adding photos for now. There is also no phone reception here thus making life more difficult. But, I embrace the …

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Mile 109.8 Winding Stair Gap – Franklin, NC

I’m taking a nero (near-zero) day today to recover after some tough hiking. Whenever someone on the trail says “nero day” I think “Wow, I didn’t know anyone celebrated the life of Caesar Nero.” But I refrain from saying this out loud and thus outing myself as a “smart person.” I meant to post in …

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Appalachian Trail Gear List

Sleeping Bag: Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20 Deg – 1.6 lbs Tent: Tarptent – Sublite Sil – 1.5 lbs Backpack: Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus (3200 cu in) – 1.1 lbs Thermarest: Z-Rest – 0.88 lbs Umbrella: SnowPeak – 0.29 lbs Water Filter: MSR Autoflow Microfilter – 0.66 lbs Thru-Hiker Guide Book – 0.42 lbs Digital Camera: …

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