AT Q & A’s!
The AT – Favorite questions from my friends
*** very SUBJECTIVE – these are my opinions and the facts are the facts! ***
How many pairs of trail runners – 7
How many days hiking (includes neros) – 123
How many zeroes – 17
Favorite mountains – Mt. Washington, (Presidentials & Whites), Kathadin, Wildcats & Bigelows
Favorite waterfalls – Little Niagara falls
Favorite hostel’s – Wood’s hole – Pearisbug, VA, Human Nature – Roxbury, ME. Shaws’ – Monson, ME
Most eclectic hostel – Standing Bear, TN
Favorite trail town – Hot Springs, North Carolina
State that surprised me the most – NJ, it was beautiful
Favorite state – New Hampshire
Second favorite state – Virginia
State that was harder than expected – Maine
Best maintained trail-state- Maine (included how remote it was)
Best Privy on the trail – Pennsylvania – Pine knob shelter (also nominated for best picnic table}
Best shelter/ privy state – Pennsylvania
Best Shelter – Mountaineer falls shelter, NC
Most Pleasant/ surprise shelters – Secret Shelter – NY, Bromley Mt warming hut – VT, Mt. Albert firetower- NC
Favorite plants – white lady slippers, pitcher plants, Virginia bluebells and redbuds!
Favorite experiences – getting an ovation walking into Pine Furnace by the boy scouts, reunion with friends on the trail – hadn’t seen my buddy Mark in 30 years! Hiking with and getting to know my Tramily members – priceless!!
Coldest weather – -5 in the Smokies
Rain days – 35
Hail – 5 times ( North Carolina, Vermont and Maine)
Rainiest part – 10” first 2 weeks
Snow, sleet days – 3 ( Smokies & northern Tennessee)
Warmest weather – 80 degrees – Harpers Ferry
Wildlife on the trail – Bear & Rattlesnake – Connecticut, Moose in Maine, Deer – North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Garter & black snakes almost every state. Turkeys -North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Loons in Maine, Indigo bunting in New Jersey, Rufus sided towhees in Virginia & Pennsylvania, Whip or will – Virginia, Bluebird – Virginia, Mosquitoes – (well they’re the size of birds) in Maine, Pileated wood pecker – every state and most seen bird!
Best sunset – Madison hut – Whites of New Hampshire
Best Sunrise – MacAfee knob & Pierce Pond, Maine (serenaded by loons)
Most miles hiked in a day – 32
Most miles hiked in a week – 190
Least miles hiked in a day ( Nero) – 7 miles
Most days hiked consecutively – 21 ( first 3 weeks)
Longest time hiking alone – 5 hours! Then 3 ½ ( this blew me away!)
Rolls of TP? – 1 ( no shit)
Best burger- Hot Springs, VA – Appalachian Café – 20 oz hiker special!
Best hotdog – Station 19E – Roan, TN
Best Pizza – Marion, NC – The pizza joint ( anytime you can eat hot pizza in a shelter ( partnership) it’s great!)
Best Hostel Breakfast – Shaw’s – Monson,ME & Harrison’s camp – Caratunk,ME
Best Hostel dinner – Woods Hole – Pearisburg,VA
Best Dessert – The Inn at Long Trail – Killington,VT
Best Ice Cream – Bellvale Creamery – Warwick,NY
Best watering hole – Station 19E & Long Trail Inn
Favorite energy bars – Gatorade Power bar cookies & cream, Clif bar cool mint, Clif tart cherry smoothie, Luna blueberry bar.
Favorite candy bar/combo – Snickers dipped in Jif singles ( lifechanging)
How many snickers bars – 270
Favorite loose candy – Haribo sour gummy bears
Favorite trail lunch combo – homemade jerky, Jif peanut butter, string cheese, hard salami or sopressada, wraps filled with Smucker’s Goober ( peanut butter & jelly)
Favorite trail breakfast combo – 3 Carnation breakfast essentials with powdered milk and 2 cinnamon poptarts!
Go – to favorite trail meal – Idaho cheesy instant potatoes with anchovies in olive oil. Or homemade dehydrated meat instead of anchovies.
Favorite firetower – Shuckstack – NC – Smokies
Easiest hiking state – Connecticut
Hardest Hiking state – New Hampshire
Muddiest trails – VERMUD – Vermont
State my feet hated the most – Rocksylvania – Pennsylvania
Buggiest states – Maine – mosquitoes, Vermont – blackflies, Ticks in Massachusetts !
Prettiest state – (based on views) – New Hampshire, Virginia a close second!
Flattest state – Florida (that’s why it’s not part of the AT!)
What equipment would I have changed? – nothing, but I will go more ultra -lite for the PCT!
What was my heaviest item? My Food bag !
Favorite AT book? Whistler`s Walk
Favorite piece of equipment – My Osprey atmos 65 – it was so huge everyone talked about it- LOL!
Equipment I couldn’t live without – My Leki trekking poles!
Motivational music – Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Most sung trail song – Country Roads
My Favorite fellow hikers that would always pop up! – Wow, Perk, Hound and my good buddy Swede!
Hardest hikers / big milers – Hawk, T-rex, Flash, Quinlin, Baskets and Garden state *
Most inspirational hiker – Walking home (2 heart attacks and 3 stints)
Favorite You-Tuber – Frozen
Favorite Female Pom – Togs (A Pom – is British born and resides in Australia)
Favorite Male Pom – Wow
Favorite Texan/cowboy – Lucky
Favorite southern gentleman – Murica
Favorite Hurler and fastest hiker – RD
When you say “America”, I instantly think of – Farmer (my hero)
Best Trail Angel – all of them ! Flip Lewis and AT Gracie are my favorites though!
Trail God – Fresh Ground (also THE biggest heart)
*If RD broke away from his Tramily, he’d be in this group!
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