Day 5: Back to Real Life

March 15th Low Gap Shelter to Unicoi Gap Miles Hiked: 9.7 AT milage: 52.5 Elevation chart from Guthook Guides. This morning we woke up at 5am, packed up in the rain and were hiking before 6am. We got up super early in hopes to make it to Unicoi gap before noon. That way my dadContinue reading “Day 5: Back to Real Life”

Day 4: Walking Through the Clouds

March 14th Bull Gap to Low Gap Shelter Miles Hiked: 10.4 AT mileage: 42.8 Elevation chart from Guthook Guides. I slept a whopping total of five minutes last night. The wind storm kept me up all night ¬†and then it started raining around 5am. We woke up at 7am and were out of the tentContinue reading “Day 4: Walking Through the Clouds”

Day 3: Mountain Crossings

March 13th Lance Creek to Bull Gap Miles hiked 8.5 AT mileage 32.4 Elevation chart from Guthook Guides. Today we slept in because we were all so exhausted from yesterday. I was really slow getting ready and took my time. We hit the trail around 9am and hiked very slow. After the miles we putContinue reading “Day 3: Mountain Crossings”

Day 2: The long day to Lance Creek

March 12th Hawk Mountain Shelter to Lance Creek Campground Miles hiked:15.8 AT mileage: 23.7 Elevation chart from Guthook Guides. Last night at the shelter before bed, the four of us (Emma, clay, Caroline, and I) decided we felt good enough to try for a longer day of hiking tomorrow. We wanted to get around aContinue reading “Day 2: The long day to Lance Creek”

Day 1: The Rainforest

March 11th Springer mountain shelter to Hawk mountain shelter Miles hiked:7.9 AT mileage: 8.1 Elevation chart from Guthook Guides. I slept great last night. Today we woke up at 7:30 broke camp, and hit the trail at 9:15. Our mileage was really easy. It was pretty much all downhill except the last 2 miles. AfterContinue reading “Day 1: The Rainforest”

Day Zero: The Approach Trail and The First White Blaze

March 10th Miles Hiked: 8.8 on the Approach trail plus 0.2 on the AT to Springer mountain shelter. = 9.0 miles Amicalola Falls State Park visitor center to Springer mountain shelter. This morning we broke down our very wet camp fairly quickly. It down-poured the entire night before and no one slept well. Emma andContinue reading “Day Zero: The Approach Trail and The First White Blaze”

Arriving and Night One at Amicalola Falls State Park, GA

On March 9th my dad, sister and her friend Clay, picked Caroline and myself up from my apartment in Columbus to drive down to Georgia. It felt like such a long drive for me because I was so excited, but it was only 8-9 hours. I set up and tested the sattelitephone my parents gotContinue reading “Arriving and Night One at Amicalola Falls State Park, GA”

Why I am walking 2,200 miles in 2019

This article originally appeared on my trail blog for The Trek which you can read here The Appalachian Trail is more than just a physical challenge, a great majority of it is actually a mental undertaking. What makes a person successfully walk 2,200 miles through the rain, over mountainous terrain, sleeping in unfordable conditions, withContinue reading “Why I am walking 2,200 miles in 2019”

Sources of information, inspiration, and motivation (to plan a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail)

This blog post originally appeared on my trail blog for The Trek which you can read here. Before hitting the trail I have asked countless questions about what I am really getting myself into. To answer this question I have done my own research on just about anything I could think of for the trail.Continue reading “Sources of information, inspiration, and motivation (to plan a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail)”

Data I would like to potentially collect and analyze for my AT thru hike

While I am on the AT I plan to record certain data daily so I can analyze them at the end of my hike for my own entertainment and to give other hikers information. Here are some of the things I want to track. If you have any other interesting ideas please leave them inContinue reading “Data I would like to potentially collect and analyze for my AT thru hike”