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December 9, 2019

Unlikely Hiker Trail Journal

Appalachian Trail time travel, laughter and beautiful disaster

I’m wandering around town 8 miles from the trail in desperation, having a moderate panic attack and meeting with the all-too-familiar words “no public rest room,” having conquered the White Mountains, having conquered Mahoosuc Notch and Arm, body feeling bruised and battered, pace shortened to the slowest yet, perhaps for the first time realizing the

Gear talk: Still learning after 1600 miles

After my unsuccessful trip into Bennington and the first couple nights where it dropped into the forties, I made it into my planned stop in Manchester Center with winter gear and all the other changes that would be required for the final stretch of trail on my mind. I had already anticipated cooler temperatures, so

Going with the flow on and off the AT

I have been setting odds and taking bets in my head as to which piece of gear in my pack might take the wear and tear of the AT all the way to Katahdin, and until a few days ago my money was on the comparatively inexpensive Sawyer water filter. Until a few days ago…

One book, two books, three books, floor!

When I decided that I was going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, it was not long before I began writing about my plans, my preparations, and the book I planned to write along the way. So many people have begun following my hike since then that I have wanted to rewind for quite a while

A dreamer looks at 35

There is something about birthdays that cause many people to become incredibly reflective on where they find themselves in life. I have never been one of these people. Even when I turned the big “Three-Oh,” an event I have seen bring a few others to tears, I simply saw another year pass. If anything, I

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