George Turner (Old Growth)

I started out to thru hike the AT in the spring of 2016. After hiking from Marion, Virginia to Harper Ferry, I went home to visit the wife and dogs, slipped on the stairs and tore my rotator cuff. God has a sense of humor, people! After surgery and four months of rehab, I went back to Marion and hiked south to Springer. Can't wait to get back to the trail to finish what I started.

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OK, It’s Been Awhile; Starting the Final Section

OK, It’s Been Awhile; Starting the Final Section

Since this is my first post of the year, I think it best to give a brief review of my hike thus far.  I started my flip-flop thru-hike in March of

Jul 12, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
What I Learned on This Year’s LASH

What I Learned on This Year’s LASH

At the end of every hike, it's a good idea to look back and reflect about what you learned and resolve to do some things differently next

Aug 28, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Katahdin Will Be There Next Year

Katahdin Will Be There Next Year

Katahdin Isn't Going Anywhere As I headed north, it became clear that I wasn't going to make Katahdin before my second grandchild was born.  I

Jul 31, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
The Battle of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts

The trail has a way of stripping away all your defenses.   It leaves you emotionally raw and vulnerable.  I've found that literature can hit you on

Jun 6, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

Friends When I left Port Clinton on May 5th, I planned to hoof it all the way to Bear Mountain and take a zero with friends who lived nearby.  New

May 22, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Rocksylvania… One Step at a Time

Rocksylvania… One Step at a Time

Hamburg, Pennsylvania  Rocksylvania is fully living up to its reputation.  There are times when I just want to walk and the trail insists I be a bit

May 5, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Back on the Trail

Back on the Trail

  Back to the Trail... the Hard Way I'm official!  Turns out the ATC office in Harpers Ferry is even open on Easter Sunday.  It took an almost

Apr 24, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Best in Slot:  Gear Changes for 2017

Best in Slot: Gear Changes for 2017

Is there an elusive list of best-in-slot backpacking gear? I'm going give you a glimpse into the full extent of my nerdity.  I realize those of

Mar 16, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Watch Your New Rascals: a Call to Action

Watch Your New Rascals: a Call to Action

My all time favorite water source in the Grayson Highlands. Do we really want drilling companies fracking with our ground water? Looking back at

Feb 9, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Are Paper Trail Guides Obsolete?

Are Paper Trail Guides Obsolete?

I want to make a confession, I used to obsessively look at my trusty trailguide all the time.  Looking for water, camping spots, shelters...I don't

Nov 30, 2016 : George Turner (Old Growth)