Who Dat Hiking?

Who’s crazy enough to do this?

Some of you reading this probably are curious why someone would want to leave the comforts of regular life to go walk in the woods for a few months. Why trade in plumbing, heat, and electricity for streams, fires, and headlamps?

Well, believe it or not, I am not alone. There are tons of people out here. When I registered my hike, I was number 1,480. I registered March 24. That is a lot of hikers. Early on, too. Anyway, I thought I would give you faithful followers a look at who is out here with me.


Tram•ily – (trail+family) • noun • hikers that become your family while on trail.

I have been out here for a while now so I have met quite a few hikers. There are a some that I have spent more time with than others because of various reasons. We hike at a similar pace, enjoy each others’ company, yada yada. Sooo, here is a little profile on the following tram.

Gigs (Giggles)

International superstar.

Makes us start every morning with a dance party.

Will out-snack you.

Very nice and genuine.

Certified hiker trash.

Can speak in multiple accents.

Hikes her own hike.


Hails from thee West Virginia.

Land owner.

Future CIA agent.

Master fire builder (Fuego’s got nothing on Shine).

Hums, sings in his sleep (which is delightful).

Likes to eat.

Hiker trash for sure.

Happy Feet

Very good at catching food thrown at her.

Grooviest pants on trail.

Always in a good mood.

Most cheerful “hello/happy hiking” greeting.

Hiker trash x2.

Has biked across the country.

Excellent camp cook.

Professional snacker.

Never misses a shower soda.

Patrick – Brother

Out-hiked me.


Didn’t quite make it 50 miles on the AT (49.8) so close!

Fantastic camp cook.

Received thousands of potential trail names.

Duathlete (completed a duathalon in Greenville, S.C., a day before, qualifying for worlds, by the way. Congrats, bro.)

Thanks for coming out, broski.

Kara Smith – Trail Angel

Makes sure all hikers have what they need.

Brings fresh fruit, pizza, chocolate milk, and snacks on rainy days.

Finest shuttle driver this side of the Mississippi.

Hiker favorite.

That is all for now. There are so many great people out here.

Until next time I have service… could be weeks.

Also, Go Wild


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