Category: Appalachian Trail 2024

  • Adjustment

    Adjustment

    While I still have 3 more weeks of rest and rehab, I think I’ve come to some decisions about what’s next. There’s more I’ll share here in the next few weeks on what went into these decisions / what I learned about myself / the trail from the start of my TH attempt (and some…

  • Getting back on the trail

    Getting back on the trail

    Just got back from my local doc and had both an ultrasound and an MRI. They saw the same thing the urgent care doc in Tennessee saw – swelling and some light tearing in the left with the bonus of some swelling in the right as well. The prescription is the same as well: three…

  • Day 16 – Derrick Knob Shelter to Gatlinburg

    Day 16 – Derrick Knob Shelter to Gatlinburg

    This is a “catch-up” post being made from home while I await my doctor’s appointment this afternoon to get a second opinion on my achilles injury and rehab. The events described in this post took place on March 31 2024. I didn’t want to roll into camp at 8:00 again, so I had set my…

  • Day 15 – Birch Spring Campsite to Derrick Knob Shelter

    Day 15 – Birch Spring Campsite to Derrick Knob Shelter

    This is a “catch-up” post being made from home while I await my doctor’s appointment this afternoon to get a second opinion on my achilles injury and rehab. The events described in this post took place on March 30 2024. So I didn’t get a chance to even capture notes or draft something at the…

  • Day 17 – Gatlinburg to…home

    Day 17 – Gatlinburg to…home

    The timing of this post is unfortunate it being April 1 and all. TBH, I wish that I was clever enough to come up with something like this. And I wish even more it was an April fools joke. I also know I skipped a few days from my last post. That has to do…

  • Day 14 – Cable Gap Shelter to Birch Spring camp site

    Day 14 – Cable Gap Shelter to Birch Spring camp site

    There have been days out here where nothing much happens. I wake up, pack up, walk eat, walk,filter water, walk, setup, sleep. Then there are days where almost too much happens. This was one of those days. It was a day filled with gratitude, grace and good fortune (noted a “G” below). I woke again…

  • Day 13 – Locust Cove Gap to Cable Gap Shelter.

    Day 13 – Locust Cove Gap to Cable Gap Shelter.

    Today was nearly perfect hiking weather. The morning started cold but it warmed up to the mid 50s without much wind. I woke up about 7 and although it felt like I was flying through things, by the time in had everything packed up and had had breakfast it was still a little after 8…

  • Day 12 –  NOC to Locust Cove Gap

    Day 12 – NOC to Locust Cove Gap

    Back to the good weather today, a welcome change from yesterday’s cold and rain. I was hoping for a hot breakfast at the restaurant, but those hopes were dashed since it’s only open for lunch and dinner through the week. Score another one for the NOC 😡. Since I still needed to resupply and the…

  • Day 11 – Cold Spring Gap campsite to the NOC

    Day 11 – Cold Spring Gap campsite to the NOC

    There are a lot of AT sayings. One of them is “no rain, no Maine”, meaning if you don’t hike in the rain you’ll never make it to Maine. I earned my badge for that today. The rain started about 3 am. And while it did pause a few times through the day, the pauses…