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Mile 413.6: Slow Down

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

I must admit I had low expectations for the state of Virginia. After hearing plenty about the “Virginia blues” that plague thru-hikers as they walk through this state that constitutes fully a quarter of the entire Trail I had my hopes set low. I was pleased and surprised to discover how much Virginia had to […]

Virginia is for Limpers

When my family left Damascus I was raring to go on my solo hike again. Our time together had been sweet, but I was itching to hike more than eight miles a day. I was also tempted to try to catch friends who had pulled ahead of me on the trail. So, I started out […]

Mile 198.9: The Smokies

Note: This episode is only available for viewing to backers of the AT movie feature film production. If you have contributed to the film and would like a password to view this segment, please write to thelongstart@gmail.com. The Smoky Mountains are one of the highlight sections of the Appalachian Trail. In winter they can be […]

Family

April 17, 2013: Experiences on the Trail are made richer by sharing them with people you love. That fact made this past weekend a highlight of my hike that I will carry with me forever.Last Thursday I was joined in Damascus, Virginia by Sunshine, my mom, and my brother (with his huskie Kaya) for an […]

Spring!

As is surely evident from previous posts, we’ve had our share of winter weather on the AT this year. Even after I took a two-week layover in Asheville this March I returned to my hike and was greeted immediately by a heavy snowstorm. One long morning climbing up to Sam’s Gap I cussed my way […]

Monuments

Many people come to the Appalachian Trail looking to leave a mark. They distinguish themselves by hiking faster or longer than others, by carrying the least amount of weight or the most, or more commonly by scrawling their name and message on the shelter walls (we Purist  hikers frown at this!). As most people find, […]

Mile 137.3: Trail Family

It’s often said that the best part of hiking the Appalachian Trail is the people you meet along the way. Starting my hike in early winter provided me an ideal opportunity to test that out. There wasn’t a swarm of people attempting to thru-hike at that time, as there would be in March and April, […]

Live of Something

Conversation with Mot while eating ice off the trees like a snow-cone:

Frost: “How’s it taste?”

Mot: “That’s the best snow I’ve had all day.”

Frost: “We’ll call it Smoky Mountain Shaved Ice.”

Mot: “I’ve heard it’s not healthy to eat snow for some reason. I guess you have to die of something.”

Frost: “Yeah, you have to live of something, too.”

Difficult Winter

*Photography by Chris Gallaway and Spencer Cooke (www.effort.tv) It’s been pretty crazy out here, folks. Two weeks into the  Trail I had fairly cemented my trail name for the journey, “Frost.” It was meant to be an homage to one of my favorite writers, but it began to feel like tempting fate. What had been […]

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