I'm "Sputnik" when on trail. I NOBO'd the AT in '15 and the VT Long Trail in '18, and have now joined the ranks of the many Appalachian-bred hikers looking toward western trails. I'm a current restaurant cook, a hopeful future media professional, an avid lightweight backpacker, and a lover of Bananagrams. These days, I am most proud of my small-but-growing tarp collection.
Your portable floor, and so much more
Who would have thought New Jersey could be so beautiful? I'm currently 100 days in and stretched out in a church basement in Vernon, NJ.
Greetings from Virginia! It’s a warm, pleasant, spring afternoon here in Damascus, although showers will likely roll in later in the afternoon –
Did you know that the AT was never originally intended to be thru-hiked? Or that it was first planned as a means of connecting a chain of quasi-socialist utopian communities?
A former "hut kid" offers insider advice on passing through this famous - or infamous - stretch of trail, and hopes to make peace between thru-hikers and the huts.