I've been invited to write for The Trek, a thruhiking blog site! This new site is going to be the primary source for my PCT musings, but don't worry, this site will remain, to chronicle my other hiking adventures. I'll also be cross-publishing my Trek blogs here, so if you want to, stay tuned. … Continue reading New Year, New Plan, New Blog
After last year's aborted attempt due to a broken foot, I'm trying again! Once more my wife is being super supportive, and we're getting things lined up for a 5-6 month absence. There's a ton of house chores to do, and a big project - chicken run, to complete. Work is going to have to … Continue reading Counting my chickens, thru-hiker style – PCT2018!
Thank you Thomas Smith, even though you were 'colored', you fought for our country. Managed to escape Pearisburg - or forced myself to leave. Terrible weather + great church hostel w/ woodstove. Pearisburg is an interesting place - this picture is from downtown. Only 7.3 today, at Rice Shelter. Not To Worry … Continue reading Flashback – AT99 – April 28
Jenny Knob Shelter, N of Bland, VA. 17.3 today. Here with Dodger, who isn't annoying at the moment. Had a long, dusty day, but it wasn't too bad - mostly flat. VA is nice. Feet are bugging me, so I called in a Campmor order including some new Superfeet. Also a smaller fuel bottle, … Continue reading Flashback – AT99 – Apr 24
Wise Shelter - Grayson Highlands Great day! Cloudy and gloomy, with flurries. Once I got past Mt Rogers (highest in VA) the trail entered a big heath, with few trees and a lot of big open spaces. Very remote and desolate, it reminded me a little of northern England, or some of the more … Continue reading Flashback – AT99 – April 18
Damascus! The promised land. (note the picture is recent - there was a call out for money because the Place had been falling down, I think people raised something like $40K to fix it up!) Pulled 18 to get here, after waiting out the rain until 9:30am. Why get wet? Saw my … Continue reading Flashback – AT99 – April 15
Watauga Lake Shelter Chilly, 40 deg F, clear. Walked all day with Oreo (the dog I rescued/fed/adopted). Went through Laurel Fork Gorge - very cool w/ a big waterfall. Dog and I had a bit of a swim. After some reroute, today ended up at 16.4 miles. Hiked all day alone, awesome. There was … Continue reading Flashback – AT99 – Apr 12