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March 23, 2019

Unlikely Hiker Trail Journal

Re-entry: Life after 6 months on the Appalachian Trail

I’m standing at the counter in my father’s condo in Delaware staring at five post-it notes filled with much to do and a familiar feeling comes over me suggesting I may have taken the wrong trail. I pull my cell out of my back pocket and there’s my handy trail guide right there on the

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

The most beautiful white blaze on the Appalachian Trail

Author’s Note: This article describes one of my scarier lessons in insulin management on the trail. I want to stress that I am safe now, and as with all lessons, I am even more prepared having been given the gift of this learning experience than I was the first 1800+ miles of trail. I knew

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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