Category Archives: Appalachian trail

Day 3 on the Appalachian Trail

On the trail early after my soaked oatmeal. I dropped down to Hogpen Gap, crossed a highway and waked through the woods with only minor ups and downs for 4.6 miles to Low Gap Shelter. Nobody was stirring. Easy walking for the next 8 miles mostly on a road. Flat and smooth with few rocks.…
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Day 2 on the Appalachian Trail

Up at 7am and on the trail after eating soaked oatmeal for breakfast. I said goodbye to Christina and Marge then headed down to Woody Gap. After a stop at the bathroom, I headed uphill. In 1.5 miles, I got water at a spring. In 2 more miles, I came to Lance Cl and got…
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A Great First Day on the Appalachian Trail!

I was up at 7 am. Packed my gear and headed uphill to Springer Mountain, the official start of the Appalachian Trail. I took a photo of the plaque and headed back to the parking lot. Onward! The landscape was rather gray with most of the trees and shrubs without leaves. Eastern white pines, eastern…
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Happy Feet, Happy Hiker

Long-distance hikers utterly depend on functional feet that can take a beating and keep on walking. The photograph shows me doctoring an infected blister on the outside of my left heel on the Colorado Trail in 2009. You can see the outlines of strips of duct tape that I wrapped around my heels. I learned…
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