Tag: Appalachian Trail

Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike – Part 2

33 Miles from Standing Bear in TN to Hot Springs, NC. Solitude, crowds, knee pain and a rattlesnake encounter.

Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

33 Miles from Standing Bear in TN to Hot Springs, NC. This post focuses on this hike in relation to covid guidelines.

To Hike or Not to Hike in an Uncertain Time

This article originally appeared on The Trek on March 17, 2020. Read it here.  I’m not on the trail yet. I originally thought I would be out there at least a week ago, if not sooner. While I still plan to be out there… Continue Reading “To Hike or Not to Hike in an Uncertain Time”

A Look Inside My Head: What Is the Drive Behind My Long-Distance Hike?

This article originally appeared on The Trek on February 17, 2020. Read it here. For anyone following me, this is my version of the essential “why I’m hiking” blog entry. I learned last year that if you have plans to do a long-distance hike and… Continue Reading “A Look Inside My Head: What Is the Drive Behind My Long-Distance Hike?”

The First Time I Met the Appalachian Trail in Person

This article originally appeared on The Trek on December 15, 2019. Read it here. It was the summer of 2017. My friend Ashley had just gone through a significant life event and was in the midst of transition. We both lived in Chicago at… Continue Reading “The First Time I Met the Appalachian Trail in Person”

1,512 Miles to Go: Welcome to My Journey

This article originally appeared on The Trek on December 6, 2019. Read it here. If you aren’t sure if you have time to thru-hike, go anyway. If you’ve done your research and have your gear in place but aren’t sure if you’re ready yet,… Continue Reading “1,512 Miles to Go: Welcome to My Journey”

My best attempt in words at the feelings 570 miles left me with

Part of this scene from “Ralph Breaks the Internet” describes so accurately something that I’m trying and failing to put into words as my mind spirals in and out of a whirlwind of “being happy it happened” and “what do I do now?” Just… Continue Reading “My best attempt in words at the feelings 570 miles left me with”

The big questions: How did I make this happen, and what is the Appalachian Trail anyways?

In the communities around the Appalachian Trail or the hiking world, knowledge of the trail seems commonplace. I’ve realized that to much of my world at home it might not be quite as clear what I’m actually doing, just something along the lines of… Continue Reading “The big questions: How did I make this happen, and what is the Appalachian Trail anyways?”

The tale of the 16 mile day that went wrong but also went so right

May 22nd and 23rd are two days that really stand out to me, because I kept thinking that if I could somehow manage to put them into words I could actually capture a fraction of the essence of the trail. We were on a… Continue Reading “The tale of the 16 mile day that went wrong but also went so right”

AT update #3 – Coming at you from Trail Days!

There’s a phrase used in the drum corps community that goes something like this: “For those who know, no explanation is needed. For those who don’t, no explanation is possible”. It attempts to sum up the fact that it is impossible to put into… Continue Reading “AT update #3 – Coming at you from Trail Days!”