Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Date is Set!

Megabus, for the win! My journey to Springer Mountain Georgia will start the morning of February 27, 2012. I booked a bus from Chicago to Memphis for just, 10 USD. I will stay at the Pilgrim House Hostel in Memphis for the night. Unfortunately, I won't be in Memphis while the National Civil Rights Museum is open. On the morning of February 28th I will c. The bus fair from Memphis to Hot'Lanta was just 1 dollar! My total travel expenses will be $11.50 (50 cent Megabus booking fee).

The wonderful people of the Hiker Hostel will be picking me up in Atlanta and shuttling me to their Hostel. The morning of February 29, 2012 the Hiker Hostel will drop me off at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. There my journey of 5 million steps will begin.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Boots on the Ground

Beautiful day on the Jane Addams
I took my first walk with a mostly full pack (didn't have food or all of my cook system) on the 21st. I hiked about five miles on the Jane Addams Trail in just over an hour. Which is more impressive if I didn't tell you that the JAT is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy -- the trail is an old railroad build and has very gradual elevation gain/loss. So it's not that great for training, but it was still good to get out there with my pack on! I also wanted to get a few miles in on the trail before the first substantial snowfall. After that the trail is taken over by drunken snowmobilers racing by polluting the air, water, and breaking the silence of the winter wonderland (that's was my inner Edward Abbey escaping). I am planning to hike at least 2 miles a day until I leave for Springer Mountain this spring, regardless of the weather.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I reached out to Emergen-C for a sponsorship a few weeks ago. They make a supplement filled with Vitamin C that can be added to water or just sipped out of the envelop (my favorite). I have enjoyed it ever since I was given a couple packets from a classmate on our Ozark Trail field study a few years ago. I didn't think they would actually sponsor my trek since they are already sponsoring another hiker that is attempting a thru-hike but I said "What the heck I'll throw my name in the hat." It turns out they didn't find my sales pitch half bad. I'm very happy to be carrying Emergen-C with me during my hike and very grateful for their support!

If you or someone else is willing to sponsor my hike feel free to email me

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's still just walking

Last week the Appalachian Trail Conservancy released the milage for 2012. It'll
Photo :: Stephen Gingold 
miles to Mount Katahdin, Maine for northbound hikers from Springer Mountain, Georgia. The milage changes year to year do to hiking clubs that maintain the rail rerouting it for a number of reasons. My Data Book from the ATC, should be on it's way from West Virginia. I have lots of news and updates, that will becoming before the New Year, stay tuned...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's here!

I got a great deal on it. Thanks to my REI 20% off members coupon. Hopefully I will get to load it up with my gear soon. I went with the Ospery Atmos 65. It's classified as a lightweight pack, coming in at 3 pounds 13 oz, and a capacity of 4,200 in cubic inches.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The First Blog

Hello world!

As you my already know... I'm planning to hike the entire Appalachian Trail Georgia to Maine, this coming spring. My estimated date of departure is February 29, 2012 ['cause you can only start your thru-hike on a leap day once every four years]. 

I am just starting to get the ball rolling on this blog, there is a lot more content to come. Originally, I was going to just use this as a blog and use a website for all sorts of information about my hike, but since Blogger has the great "Pages" feature I will be using this for all information pertaining to my Appalachian Trail thru-hike!