Josh Johnson

A Florida resident, Josh has backpacked in Florida and Alabama prior to committing to the Appalachian Trail. As a graphic designer and former competitive gamer (Major League Gaming), the outdoor trails are a reprieve from all things digital and a sanctuary to recharge creative energy. Rather than make this just a personal experience, his desire is to make each step across the countryside benefit a worthy cause touching the lives of other people in a positive way. To that end, Josh founded the #HikeWithHeart movement while preparing to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian trail in 2017, backpacking the first 80+ charity miles for Hike With Heart. Instagram: @HikeWithHeart

Posts

Why Do We Hike?

Why Do We Hike?

I’ve always wondered why the trail calls to me so much. I know I enjoy hiking, but why do I like it so much? Why do I enjoy spending days, weeks, or

Nov 29, 2018 : Josh Johnson
My First Encounter with a Charging Cord Monster

My First Encounter with a Charging Cord Monster

Shortly after waking up, Rose brought her food bag and mine up from the bear hang. Super nice of her to let me hijack her bear hang. Equally

Sep 28, 2018 : Josh Johnson
False Alarm: When My Emergency Electronics Fail

False Alarm: When My Emergency Electronics Fail

When I tell people I hike long distance, I am often asked safety-related questions, like “Do you carry a gun?” or “Do you have a satellite device for

Sep 17, 2018 : Josh Johnson
When You Fall for the Trail, Literally

When You Fall for the Trail, Literally

There's something magnificent about spending time outdoors. As a hiker, there are moments when you fall for the trail. You might witness a stunning

Sep 7, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Tropic Thunder on the AT

Tropic Thunder on the AT

When I say "tropic thunder," I'm not talking about the comedy; I'm talking about the real thing. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. For now,

Aug 2, 2018 : Josh Johnson
A Family and Their Dog Named Not a Llama

A Family and Their Dog Named Not a Llama

Maggie shuttled me to Burningtown Gap and, like her husband, she gave me a pre-hike hug to start my day off right. Those two are the nicest people. 

Jul 6, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Morale on the Trail and Dead Electronics

Morale on the Trail and Dead Electronics

Waking to the sound of silence is nice when it means the sound of rain is absent. It’s a stark contrast to last night’s rainstorm, and I was glad to

Jun 29, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Trail Name Stories and a Sharp Turn in Our Hike

Trail Name Stories and a Sharp Turn in Our Hike

I awoke to the sounds of a light drizzle and the rustle of my Dad packing away his gear already. A couple we met last night, Steve and Angie, came

Jun 25, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Day Nine: The Glittered Road to Albert Mountain

Day Nine: The Glittered Road to Albert Mountain

The storm is over. For now. Today's breakfast is one my favorites: Biscuits and gravy. Dad and I were both supposed to enjoy them but Dad took one

Jun 19, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Day Eight: I Got My Wings

Day Eight: I Got My Wings

It’s 2018 and my second annual section hike on the Appalachian Trail. I’m picking up at Deep Gap, N.C., where I got off last year. That means this is

Jun 15, 2018 : Josh Johnson