Day 9: Appalachian FAIL

March 25, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I have conceded. Damn you, mountains. You are better than me. With my knee still sore and the next two back-to-back obstacles being Rocky Mountain (4,017 ft) and Tray Mountain (4,430 ft), both of which are steep and rocky, I have decided to admit defeat. I’m sure I could make the climb up, but the … Continue reading Day 9: Appalachian FAIL

Day 8: Zero

March 24, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I didn’t hike today. In hiker lingo, I took a zero day. My left knee was bothering me a lot this morning and it was painful walking up and down the three flights of stairs at the hotel to do laundry. It has swollen and feels warm to the touch (like, it has noticeably more … Continue reading Day 8: Zero

Day 7: Low Gap to Unicoi Gap

March 23, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 9.7 Today was spa day. No joke. I ended today in the hot tub. Last night I accidentally pitched my tent on a slight slope and spent the night trying not to slide off my sleeping pad. If it wasn’t for the rain, I would have fixed my tent positioning but didn’t feel … Continue reading Day 7: Low Gap to Unicoi Gap

Day 6: Neels Gap to Low Gap

March 22, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 11.5 Pack weight: 34 lbs Today was rebirth. I got a late start today as I spent the morning switching out my shoes for something bigger. I ended up going from a 10.5 to a 12 and it made a world of difference; I’m no longer smashing my toes. There was a girl … Continue reading Day 6: Neels Gap to Low Gap

Day 5: Wood’s Hole to Neels Gap

March 21, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 4.0 Today was rocky. With yesterday’s push, today was a short one that only consisted of tackling Blood Mountain, a mere 4,461 ft high bump on the earth. It was a cold night and no one in the shelter wanted to get up, including me. I awoke before 7am and laid in my … Continue reading Day 5: Wood’s Hole to Neels Gap

Day 4: Gooch Mountain to Wood’s Hole

March 20, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 12.8 Today was pain and that pain began at 8:19am. I had no intention of hiking over 12 miles when I woke up this morning. My original goal was to hike to Lance Creek and camp out like most of the people from the shelter last night were doing, as it’s only 8 … Continue reading Day 4: Gooch Mountain to Wood’s Hole

Day 3: Hawk Mountain to Gooch Mountain

March 19, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 7.7 Today was wet. And cold. And miserable. I only took one picture today and that was from inside the shelter.  I’m sitting here now in thick socks, long underwear, a jacket, a hat, and I’m inside my sleeping bag and it’s still a little cold out. Most of what motivated me today … Continue reading Day 3: Hawk Mountain to Gooch Mountain

Day 2: Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

March 18, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 7.9 Today began a little before 9am and was significantly better than yesterday. The initial section of trail after Springer Mountain was very mellow and I was able to complete the first three miles in just over an hour. Frequently through today’s miles I had to cross raging rivers (small streams), barely making … Continue reading Day 2: Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

Day 1: Approach Trail to Springer Mountain

March 17, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 9.0 Pack weight: 46 lbs Starting body weight: 212.8 lbs I’ll flat out admit, today pretty much sucked. It was great, but at the same time it sucked giant donkey balls. With all the warm weather, my pack is loaded with all my cold weather gear and I think I’m carrying too much … Continue reading Day 1: Approach Trail to Springer Mountain

Day 0: Getting to the Trail

March 16, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Hiking the Appalachian Trail will in no doubt be a large task to accomplish, but before that can happen, I had to actually get to the trail. This wasn’t extremely difficult, but it’s more cumbersome than one might think, especially if you don’t live in the area. I came in from Wisconsin, so it’s not … Continue reading Day 0: Getting to the Trail