Appalachian Trail Journal

From March 5 to July 22, 2013, my partner and I hiked the Appalachian Trail, which runs 2185.9 miles between Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. As you can imagine, it was an unforgettable adventure. I somehow managed to keep an online journal while hiking. Paragraphs formed in my head as I walked along, smelling and sweating and gazing. Late at night in the tent, I’d tap them into Zippy’s cell phone. Along with the words are a few photos, taken in rare moments when the phone wasn’t triple-wrapped and buried deep in Zippy’s backpack.

If you have any questions, are an aspiring hiker seeking advice, or are interested in serializing/excerpting from this journal, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page and I’ll be glad to reply.

Here is our journey. I hope you enjoy it.

Appalachian Trail home: December 2, Springer Mountain
2012. The story of how we got this crazy idea.

Hypotheses: February 16, 2013. Pre-trail
planning and musings.

Ten day forecast: Our final “shakedown” hike.

And we’re off!: March 5th. It  begins!

Dispatches from the Gap

Out of the SmokiesDe-tenting

Misery

Creature Comforts

Bailout

Ten pound mobile home

Crazy like that

CheerleadersMcAfee's Knob

Limits

The reward for a good soaking

Trail names

Squall

The ghosts of Shenandoah

Wildflowers along the way: as of May 2. Also check out my complete list of the flora and fauna we identified on the trail–it goes all the way to Maine.

Day in, day outView from a fire tower

850

Roller coaster

Northland

Questions

Peregrine falcon attack!

The Pennsylvania Rocky Road BluesFranconia Ridge

Restoration efforts are underway

A hiker’s gratitude list

How to hike New Jersey in 72.5 hours

The Bruderhof

Enough time on the trail

Massachusetts mudClimbing Katahdin

Hell or high water

Welcome ta Noo Inglund

Rainy day fashion faux pas

Sunshine in Vermont

Superpowers

Adventures in the Whites

Family vacation

The Maine EventSuccess!

Maximum Bliss

The 99 Mile Wilderness

Katahdin!! July 22, 2013. This is it! The big climb! The last mile!

For statistics junkies: A post-trip epilogue, in numbers.

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