Reflections on my Thru-Hike

On Thursday, September 12th, I finally summited Katahdin and finished my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It wasn’t until near the end that I came to the realization of just how far I had travelled and how difficult it was, but I definitely feel a massive sense of achievement. I celebrated by getting a hotel room all... Continue Reading →

Almost Finished

Right now I’m in Stratton, Maine, having taken a rest day to escape some nasty rain. Nothing has made me feel more like a Southerner than the weather up here, which is basically like Virginia in late October and November - except right now it’s supposed to be summertime. I’ve made it through some difficult... Continue Reading →

Ups and Downs

I’ve now entered the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which is supposed to be basically the toughest terrain of the entire trail. I had a good time finishing up Vermont, although the climbs started getting tougher at the end. So far Vermont and Virginia have been my two favorite states because they’re both pretty and... Continue Reading →

Unfamiliar Territory

In the past week and a half I’ve gone from New York through Connecticut and Massachusetts and into Vermont. When I finish Vermont there will be only New Hampshire and Maine left for me to complete. I’ve spent basically no time in New England before, so this section is completely foreign to me. So far... Continue Reading →

New York

For the most part, the New York section of trail has treated me extremely well. I spent most of my time in the past week and a half visiting friends and my old home in New York City, but I managed to get some hiking in as well. This part of the trail got a... Continue Reading →

Pennsylvania Blues

This past week and a half was probably one of my worst on trail. I got hit with some heavy rains that turned everything to mud, and the trail has been nothing but rocks since Duncannon. To top it off, after the rain stopped we’ve had consistent 90 degree heat. Pennsylvania was by far my... Continue Reading →

Halfway There!

This week I went from the unofficial halfway point at Harper’s Ferry to Duncannon, Pennsylvania. Right now I’m taking a rest day at The Doyle Hotel, which is a really cool old hotel that caters to hikers and has cheap rooms and a bar downstairs. It was a fairly pleasant stretch, although somewhat uninteresting, that... Continue Reading →

Milestones

This was a pretty big week and a half. I turned 24, hit the 1,000 mile mark, and am now at the not-quite-halfway point of Harper’s Ferry, WV. I also blew through Shenandoah National Park, which I wasn’t a fan of because it’s so touristy and camping spots and water are scarcer than usual. However,... Continue Reading →

Pit Stop

This week started pretty slow and dreary with several days of rain and dampness in a row, which meant that just about everything I owned was soaked for a little while. It's alright for a day or two, but if things are damp for too long it starts to drive you a little bit crazy.... Continue Reading →

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