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An Artist's Journey on the Appalachian Trail
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AT hike in the Newspaper

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Hello everyone! I thought I would just quickly share a few links with you. Before leaving for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike I met with reporter Paul Schott.  He interviewed me and wrote up a story for Westport News.  That story can be found here: http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Church-congregant-aims-to-take-students-to-new-1291486.php#photo-683819 When I came back Mr. Schott contacted me again and […] [Read More]
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Thoughts Upon Finishing

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I finished my 2011 Appalachian Trail thru-hike on October 22nd at the side trail to the ATC in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  The Pirates and I rented out a whole hostel and invited family and friends to join us.  We ended up having a group of 25 people.  We all hiked my last 3.5 miles […] [Read More]
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Irene

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Hurricane Irene hit the trail while I was hiking the Green Mountains in Vermont. I had split a room at the Inn at Long Trail with some friends to get out of the storm. The next day I hiked out. I remember feeling really proud those first few days. I was proud that I was […] [Read More]
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Companionship

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Over the past month and a half I have been hiking with three different visitors from home. First, my friend from high school came out for 5 days. Then, my cousin hiked with me for a month. Right after that, my sister joined me for 4 days. All of them were in great shape and […] [Read More]
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Setbacks

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Ever since Virginia I’ve had this pain in the ball of my right foot. I didn’t think anything of it until the pain didn’t go away after two weeks off trail. When I started hiking again the pain got worse. In the middle of the 100 mile wilderness I landed my foot wrong on a […] [Read More]
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Flip-Floppery

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I’m on the trail again after a brief interlude. I decided to start back up at Katahdin, the Northern Terminus, rather than continuing on from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. From now on, I’ll be hiking South until I get back to Harper’s Ferry. Hiking both South and North in one thru-hike is called flip-flopping. I […] [Read More]
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A Brief Interlude

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When my uncle sent out an e-mail this past Fall asking us to join him on a rafting trip for his 50th birthday, I immediately said yes. I knew I would be on the trail during the trip, but I figured an opportunity to float down the Yampa River in Colorado/Utah was something worth taking […] [Read More]
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Solitude

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I’ve been planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail ever since I was 11 and learned what a thru-hike was. Every time I thought about it, I pictured myself hiking alone through the woods. Thru-hikers always seemed like solitary creatures to me. When it finally came time to make my hiking dream a reality, a […] [Read More]
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Hike Happy or Camp Happy?

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Chaco, one of my friends on the trail, once told me that you can either hike happy or camp happy, and that the whole trick of thru-hiking is figuring out where you fit on that spectrum. The totally happy hiker would have a super light pack with only the bare essentials in it, and everything […] [Read More]
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Slackpacking

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Since I’ve reached Erwin, Tennessee I’ve seen more and more people Slackpacking. Slackpacking is hiking without a backpack, or with a day pack. It usually means you have to get to a hostel or outfitter, leave most of your gear there, take a shuttle up trail, and hike backwards to the outfitter carrying only what […] [Read More]
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