Sharing the journey. One thru-hike at a time.
2014 APPALACHIAN TRAIL JOURNAL
Avg. Daily Miles
About The AT: April 17th – August 5th
The Appalachian Trail was my final hike to complete my Triple Crown (PCT, CDT, AT). The AT is the most hiked long trail of the Triple Crown. Often referred to as the “Green Tunnel”, the AT is a mostly wooded hike with quite a bit of elevation challenges as it runs north along America’s Eastern states. Having confidence in my physical and mental hiking skills at this point, I set off on the AT to challenge my social side. I struggled for some of the hike, but by the end, I probably grew the most of all three of my trails thanks to the amazing experiences I had sharing the trail journey with others. Almost all of these entries were posted as I hiked, using my iPhone nightly to journal in my tent, after hiking usually 20-30 miles from sun up to sun down. I know how helpful this journal can be to others preparing for a thru hike, so I made this page to hopefully ease the frustration of navigating through all my archives.
BASE PACK WEIGHT: 12lbs. 13.2oz.
Before The Hike
Goin’ For The Triple Crown!
A Wired TrailGroove Interview!
30 Days til Start Date…Trainin’ & Rainin’
26 Days til Start Date…AT Gear Update
14 Days til Start Date…Appalachian Trail Overview
8 Days til Start Date…Appalachian Trail Planning & Prep
Bonus Interview With Urbyville!
4 Days til Start Date…Final Preparations!
1 Day til Start Date…The Approach Trail
During The Hike
Day 1: Here We Go!
Day 2: Well That Didn’t Take Long
Day 3: Stop & Go
Bonus: One Million Views!
Day 4: A Nero To Haiwassee, GA
Day 5: North Carolina Baby!
Day 6: I’ll Take It
Day 7: A Day of Views
Day 8: Yup, Definitely NOT Flat
Day 9: Whew, Close One!
Day 10: Early Spring In The Smokies
Day 11: A Big Day In The Smokies
Day 12: Calm Before The Storm
Day 13: My First Zero In Newport
Day 14: A Bit Of Everything
Day 15: I Could Get Used To This
Day 16: Jello Wired
Day 17: Downhill Day To Erwin
Day 18: An Enjoyable Uphill Day
Day 19: A Day With Lead Legs
Day 20: Goodbye North Carolina
Day 21: I’m A Ghost
Day 22: Cruisin’ With Others
Day 23: Virginia, Damascus, & Creeper Trail
Day 24: Dare I Say It?
Day 25: Grayson Highlands and Sore Feet
Day 26: In My Head
Day 27: A Pitstop In Atkins
Day 28: Big Day To The Big Walker
Day 29: A Rainy Day Zero
Day 30: From Bland To Boring
Day 31: An Eventful Virginia Day
Day 32: It’s A Social Trail
Day 33: Everything Is Clicking
Day 34: Hiking Tooth & Knob
Day 35: One More Day
Day 36: A Nero To Daleville, VA
Day 37: A Pleasant Day
Day 38: Man, It Feels Great To HIKE!
Day 39: A Fitting Survivor Day
Day 40: Hikin’ Thru It
Day 41: A Half Day To Waynesboro, VA
Day 42: Entering Shenandoah National Park
Day 43: A Day Of Rain & Fog
Day 44: Walking With The Kallins
Day 45: Drafting Off Wired
Day 46: Goodbye Shenandoah
Day 47: A Super Nero In Front Royal, VA
Day 48: The No View Day
Day 49: Goodbye Virginia!
Day 50: Harpers Ferry!
Day 51: A Zero In Harpers Ferry, WV
Day 52: Hiking With Family & Friends
Day 53: On My Own Again
Day 54: HALFWAY On A Humid Day
Day 55: Adjusting To A New Normal
Day 56: Makin’ It Happen Again!
Day 57: Ugh, Back Into The Rainforest
Day 58: In The Zone
Day 59: Unplugging The Humidifier
Day 60: A Nero To Port Clinton, PA
Day 61: Let The Rock Hopping Begin
Day 62: Hitting Rock Bottom…Hard
Day 63: Brand New Day
Day 64: A Zero Fit For A Hermit
Day 65: New Jersey Baby!
Day 66: They’re Baack…
Day 67: A Rocky Welcome To New York
Day 68: A New York Marathon
Day 69: Letting Go…A Little
Day 70: Even The Rocks Are Sweating
Day 71: Connecticut Baby!
Day 72: Eye Of The Storm
Day 73: Mercy Massachusetts!
Day 74: Just One Of Those Days
Day 75: Trail Monotony
Day 76: Town Hopping
Day 77: A Wet Welcome To Vermont
Day 78: Vermud, Verbrush, Verrocks, Verroots, Verrain
Day 79: The Fourth With Friends
Day 80: A Much Needed Relaxing & Pleasant Day
Day 81: The Bad Boyfriend
Day 82: A Slippery Slope
Day 83: Up, Sweat, Down, Cool, Repeat
Day 84: A Nero In…NEW HAMPSHIRE Baby!
Day 85: The New Hampshire Reset
Day 86: Almost There
Day 87: Up For The Challenge
Day 88: A Nero To A Hiker Reunion
Day 89: A Zero At Swinja’s
Day 90: Yeah Buddy!
Day 91: Well Worth The Wait!
Day 92: All Is Right In Hiker World
Day 93: Satisfying Our Hiker Hunger
Day 94: Oops, We Did It Again
Day 95: Back To Swinja’s
Day 96: Maine Baby!
Day 97: Slow Motion
Day 98: Maine In Rain
Day 99: Motivating Magic
Day 100: See The Watery Part Of The World
Day 101: A Half Day To Stratton
Day 102: Bigelow Bubble
Day 103: Hittin’ The Ground Not Runnin’
Day 104: Wet Feet
Day 105: Monson, The Final Stop
Day 106: Moseying Into The 100 Mile Wilderness
Day 107: The Unexpected Long Day
Day 108: Finally Cruising!
Day 109: Feelin’ It
Day 110: The Day Before
Day 111: Katahdin Baby!
After The Hike