Appalachian Trail

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10,000 miles in 24 days

I wasn’t able to complete my entire Appalachian Trail thru-hike, nor was I able to complete my Pacific Crest Trail / John Muir Trail hike, however I somehow managed to log over 10,000 miles traveled in only 24 days. This is not quite the goal that I was looking to accomplish, but I realized that July turned out to be nonetheless an adventure. After my broken foot was healed from my AT thru-hike attempt, I decided to venture out west...

The PCT and JMT…Here goes nothing…

Tomorrow I’m off for another adventure; maybe third time’s a charm? My last two attempts to successfully complete a long-distance hike failed miserably. I’ve been plagued with injuries and the most miserable weather. What was supposed to be an Appalachian Trail thru-hike ended before I even got out of Georgia; thanks to a fall, an ill-fated stumble, and ultimately a broken heel. It snowed, to the likes of which Georgia hardly ever sees. There was ice, which created quite a...

What happens in shelters…thank goodness stays in shelters

Because sleeping with a bunch of strangers doesn’t appeal to me, I swore that I wouldn’t be staying in shelters anymore. However, after days of rain and unseasonably cold weather, I either had to stay in one or find myself turned into an ice cube overnight. I had no idea that I would still need winter gear at this point in VA and this far into the season. After a long day of hiking, we reached the shelter to find...

The not-so-solo not-so-thru hike

Hello again. Remember me? Red Pack is walking again. I’m returning to the trail, however it will be the not-so-solo, not-so-thru hike. As you may recall, things went very wrong with my attempt to do an Appalachian Trail solo thru-hike (see ‘When Things Go Wrong‘). I’ve finally come to terms with everything and accepted that shit happens. I’ve tried to equate my demise to the misfortunes of athletes who spend years of training only to be injured in the finals...

When things go wrong

No matter how much you plan, you must expect the unexpected. Sometimes things just don’t go your way. As heartbreaking as it is, I must accept that my thru-hike has been cut ridiculously short due to a fracture in my calcaneus (heel). Though the fracture is slight, I cannot continue to hike as it will exacerbate the fracture causing very serious injury. I’ve been fortunate that the damage at this point is minimal and should heal nicely as long as...

Add injury to insult

You know the saying ‘It could always be worse’? It’s true. My AT thru-hike seems to be plagued with bad luck. I guess that’s part of the challenge of a thru-hike, stuff happens. My hike started off with uncharacteristically bad weather for Georgia. The road conditions were so bad on Day 1 that I had to start my hike 8.8 miles from where I had originally planned. Instead of starting at Springer Mountain, I had to start at Amicalola Falls,...

Discoveries

After 5 days on the Appalachian Trail, I’ve come to some realizations/discoveries: Thru-hiking is a completely different animal than just hiking. I thought I was a strong hiker…until I started on my thru-hike. The terrain is tough, but hiking takes on a whole new meaning when you are out there day and night. Looking for the white blazes is like an Easter egg hunt. They are far and few between in Georgia. It’s a good thing the trail is well...

The first few hundred steps at Amicalola Falls.

This ain’t a joke…or is it?

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, my plans were derailed due to bizarre weather. The South was hit with some freakish storms, the entire region from Virginia to Georgia was covered with snow and ice. Because of this, I was unable to start my thru-hike at Springer Mountain and had to start at Amicalola Falls, hiking up 604 steps and continuing on the Approach Trail (adding an additional 8.8 miles). Before we even took our first steps...