New Hampshire is known for being steep. Very steep. Some sources recommend backpacking no more than 8 miles a day, while others say to plan on reducing your average mileage to two thirds of what it has been up to that point. Hiker after hiker told me not to expect big days in New Hampshire, so … Continue reading Katahdin Fever
After struggling over the rocky, broken trail of Pennsylvania, the AT crosses into many smaller, New England states, and I found myself entering a new state every few days. From New Jersey, I entered New York, then, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and on to Vermont and New Hampshire. I was still making exceptionally good time, and catching … Continue reading Moving North
Following my time with Swiper, I began to take on Virginia in earnest. Here, the trail leads into the very heart of Appalachia, through never-ending deciduous forests, the occasional views that open up to more forests and towns, and on into the north where the Blue Ridge Parkway in Shenandoah forces hikers to lower elevations … Continue reading On the Dangers of Appalachia
Smoky Mountain National Park is known for the many pockets of fog that perpetually linger above the mountains and in its many draws, giving it a 'smoky' look. It is also known on the AT as being one of those crucial segments of trail that tends to sift the wheat from the chaff. Hikers begin … Continue reading Cold, Crime, and Camaraderie
During my time on the PCT, I spent many long hours contemplating how to lighten my pack, and how many more miles I would be able to do per day with a lighter load. I was well ahead of my four-month schedule, so much so that I actually seriously contemplated going ahead and doing the … Continue reading The Appalachian Trail…why?