Carl Stanfield

Greetings! I'm Carl "Professor" Stanfield, and I love backpacking. I studied Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education at Brevard College in North Carolina, then spent about 3 years living and working at camp in Leavenworth, Washington. After my time there ended, I decided to attempt a thru hike, and in April 2018, I set out on my adventure on the Appalachian Trail, finishing at the end of August 2018. I fell in love with the wondrous life of thru hiking and have decided to pursue it full time. I plan on taking on the PCT with some friends I made on the AT in 2019! Until then, I'll be working at my local outdoor store to save up for the next adventure.

Posts

The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

Well, I did it. I started April 22 and finished Aug. 31. In 132 days (four months and nine days), I took every step between Springer Mountain in

Nov 18, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Finding My Rhythm, Discovering a New Normal

Finding My Rhythm, Discovering a New Normal

Greetings, folks! I'm writing today on Aug. 7, my 108th day on this epic journey. I've gotten as into the groove of things as possible, which on

Aug 7, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Sickness, Catching Up with Big Miles, and Tramily

Sickness, Catching Up with Big Miles, and Tramily

Hi, everyone. After a long hiatus from my blog, I'm finally back at it at the halfway marker of the trail. A month is a long time to try to write

Jul 1, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Five Weeks in and the Adventure Has Been Incredible

Five Weeks in and the Adventure Has Been Incredible

It's hard to believe, but today marks five weeks since I set out on this adventure. In that time, I've met all sorts of fascinating people, seen

May 27, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
The Lure of the Trail, and the Pleasures of Town

The Lure of the Trail, and the Pleasures of Town

Hello from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Life is getting normal on the trail and my trail family seems to have solidified. Odysseus, Big

May 11, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
GA-ME On: Days One to 11

GA-ME On: Days One to 11

Hi, everybody. Today is May 2, meaning it is the 11th day of my journey. So much good has already happened, and I absolutely love this lifestyle and

May 2, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Horizon of a Thru-Hike: QAF and Prep

Horizon of a Thru-Hike: QAF and Prep

Greetings friends, family, old acquaintances, and AT community. If you’re reading this, you’re supporting my thru-hike already, so thanks. Welcome

Apr 17, 2018 : Carl Stanfield