James Scott

I was a 34 year old tech support analyst, but in 2016 I quit my job and moved out of my apartment to go hike the Appalachian Trail! It took me six months to get from Springer to Harper's Ferry, so in 2017 I'm back to try to knock out the northern half, starting at Katahdin. I'm no hiking expert, in fact I've generally been fairly ignorant, but you can laugh along at my mistakes and mishaps, while hopefully I learn a thing or two about this hiking thing.

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My Night on Katahdin (Kids Don’t Try This At Home)

My Night on Katahdin (Kids Don’t Try This At Home)

So I spent the night on Katahdin. I really need to preface this story by saying I do not recommend this experience to anyone. It was by far one of

Jul 13, 2017 : James Scott
Summon the Musketeers

Summon the Musketeers

When I was young, I watched the movie "The Three Musketeers" (1993 version) and a particular scene had a dramatic impact on me. Towards the end of

Jun 20, 2017 : James Scott
Cinder-elly Cinder-elly, get fitted for a pack before hiking Cinder-elly

Cinder-elly Cinder-elly, get fitted for a pack before hiking Cinder-elly

Since returning from the Trail, I've started working at an outfitter. While retail is definitely not a pleasant experience when coming back to “real

Dec 21, 2016 : James Scott
Week 23: What the Appalachian Trail has done for me

Week 23: What the Appalachian Trail has done for me

It was last December, and I was looking at a Facebook post from the great Zach Davis, treasured leader of the Appalachian Trials community. He was

Sep 12, 2016 : James Scott
Week 22: I might be hungry

Week 22: I might be hungry

Ever had a meal that tasted so good you wanted to savor it, then after a bit you were full enough that eating was uncomfortable, but you kept eating

Sep 1, 2016 : James Scott
Week 21: Country Roads

Week 21: Country Roads

The Shenandoah National Park is such a weird set of contrasts. On one hand, you have some truly breathtaking mountains, some challenging Trail

Aug 24, 2016 : James Scott
Weeks 19 & 20: Moving Right Along (We’re Fast and Fancy Free)

Weeks 19 & 20: Moving Right Along (We’re Fast and Fancy Free)

Well, five months on the Trail!   Wow. I honestly didn't think I'd make it this far. I thought I'd be kidnapped by wood elves by

Aug 17, 2016 : James Scott
Week 17: The Forests of Mirkwood

Week 17: The Forests of Mirkwood

Oh the joys of hiking in late July! I completely lost track of June, and now I'm stumbling into August! I think I've discovered a new level

Aug 3, 2016 : James Scott
Week 16: Tell Me Who Are You

Week 16: Tell Me Who Are You

It's now been four months since I started the Appalachian Trail. Some particularly fast hikers would be done by now. Many more who started when I did

Jul 18, 2016 : James Scott
Weeks 14 & 15: It’s a Five O’clock World When the Whistle Blows

Weeks 14 & 15: It’s a Five O’clock World When the Whistle Blows

A few years ago, I was working as a lower level manager for a tech support call center in northern Kentucky.  My work load would shift depending on

Jul 7, 2016 : James Scott