This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Appalachian Trail northbounders are out in force and they’ve been blessing our Instagram feeds with the good stuff, so welcome back to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week.

This week’s photos were taken from April 12 to April 19 and were found by perusing the hashtag #TrektheAT. A thorough point-based grading system is used to pluck out the very best for your viewing pleasure. As always, dog photos are favored.

 

 

 

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When your brain says hike, but your body says nap 😴

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Someone should let Tennessee know it’s mid-April and we would like to be done with snow. At least it looks pretty!

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AT, Day 19: An ode to the sunshine. Remember that storm from last night? It ushered in an extreme chill, with the temperatures dropping to 19 and the winds raging. When we woke up this morning, everything was frozen—socks, shoes, jackets, gloves, everything. We all woke up around 7, looked at one another, groaned, and went back to bed. This was our latest start to hiking in weeks, leaving camp at 9:30. Putting on our shoes was like jumping into an ice bath and committing to the feeling for seven full hours—a shockwave through the brain that you knew you had to deal with if you wanted to get the day’s deeds done. The first six miles were hell—frozen trees, snow flurries, wind that blew clouds across the ridges like huffy exhalations. I started the hike with my wet gloves on and ripped them off after half a mile; I put my sticks away and hiked all day with my hands shoved deep in my pockets, like a school kid pouting on his way to school, wearing an oversized backpack. That’s something I would have never imagined just two weeks ago, but our abilities and confidence have changed that much. Tina felt awful; I felt miserable. We both pondered the idea of going back to bed. We pressed on, made lunch at the first shelter we saw, and then re-emerged a little warmer, with high spirits. The sun started to break through the trees. The ice began to drip from the limbs. The far sides of each mountain started to remember that it was spring. We hiked the last 7.7 miles fast and happy, taking and planning and laughing and slowly regaining use of all of our fingers around 3 p.m. After arriving at the shelter, Crusher rejoined us. Robin Hood caught us. We had a nice dinner (hummus sandwich!) with an incredible view, and Crusher and a nice guy named Turtle built an enormous fire that has already dried out our clothes and warmed us all thoroughly. It’s a testament to how much can change in the course of the day if you hang in there, especially if the sun shows up. Maybe the hardest but best day of the AT so far. And we’ll be home to see our pets in 40 hours after our last morning in the Smokies tomorrow. AT: 231.1 (239.9 total) #trektheat #thruhike #appalachiantrail #atclassof2019

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  • Peter Lyons : Apr 20th

    Great views of the AT.

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