The Journey Begins!

This update comes from an Ingles supermarket in Hiawassee, GA.  Today I’m taking a much needed nero day (only 3 miles hiking) to relax at the Top of Georgia Hostel. Currently sitting at 69.6 miles hiked on the AT since last Tuesday.

The last few days spent hiking have been a great experience and reality check as to what I’ve got myself into. Starting from Amicalola Falls State park on tuesday I hiked about 16 miles fueled on excitement to start this adventure.   I unwisely followed that up with another 16 mile day in the hot Georgia sun.  In true AT fashion my exhaustion  and hunger were cured at Neels Gap as I took a much needed 7 mile day.  Re-energized I took down my first 20 plus mile day as I made it from Neels Gap to Unicoi Gap around night fall.  Next it was on to Deep Gap Shelter for a 12 mile day setting up an easy 3 mile walk to Dicks Creek Gap and the TOG hostel.

The AT trail community and those that support it have been amazing to all of the thru hikers.  At least once a day I have come across trail magic (free food/water/beer).

A few of the trail names that I have come across: “Detox” “Bubbles” “Wizard” “Turtle” “Stank Jacket” (My personal favorite) “Physch” (Fellow AppTrials blogger) “Clown Car” “Big Brother” and the list goes on. I have adopted the trail name “PackMan” to show some Packers support throughout my travels.

Time to grab the shuttle back to the hostel, here are a few pictures from the journey so far.


From Springer Mtn. start of the AT


Starting weight of 34lbs…


Ferocious Georgia Black Bears


Trail terrain



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