Chad Thome

Hey everyone! My name is Chad Thome. I am 47 and I have been an avid hiker for many years. My son got me into thru hiking in 2016. This journey goes from 2016 jumping to 2021 for part 2 of this trip. Transporter is my trail name. I got this because I had a 35 pound pack with no food or water in it yet at the start. Adding in food and water, this brought my pack total to over 45 pounds. This is alot, as you know or will soon see!!! My son and I got all of our backpack gear together for the thru hike attempt in 2016. This is crazy what you think you need in a backpack doing this from home, compared to what you actually need on trail. I spent 1000s of hours becoming a YouTube expert. Only to find out I learned nothing. We started the 1rst week of May 2016. We froze walking in ankle to knee deep snow in the Smokies, hung many PCT method foodbags (throw rope over tree limb, snap rope into carabiner attached to food bag. You then pull to the tree limb, wrap a twig into the line as high as you can reach and slowly let go. The limb stops the bag) We endured many miles and ended up in Daleville VA around 730+ miles in. We hiked around 30 miles further, when my wife called and said the house sold and that was the end of my journey, so i headed back to Daleville, VA for a flight home days later. My son finished the thruhike in 2016 whos trail name was Radar. My wife did the exact miles and journey in 2017. My wife and I came back to the trail in 2021 for a LASHER hike. This is really long section hike. Life allowed this one opportunity (never pass these up) for us to hike as couple, so we grabbed it. Hope to meet another 100-200 amazing people as we did hiking in 2016. Look forward to talking to everyone.

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AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Shenandoahs 2 Week 13

AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Shenandoahs 2 Week 13

- Elkton, VA to Tom Floyd Shelter - As 5:30 AM hits, the unavoidable, waking up early happens. Heading to the office and getting some coffee

Jun 9, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Shenandoahs Week 12

AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Shenandoahs Week 12

- Maupin Shelter to Elkton VA - The Surprise The new morning arises. With renewed vigor and focus another day commences. What could be better than

Jun 8, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Week 11

AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Week 11

- Tent Site to Mau Pin Field Shelter -   Waking early as the rains started lightly, the dark dirt had turned to dense clay that stuck to

Jun 3, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Week 10

AT (The New Era) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Week 10

- Daleville, VA to tent site past Cornelius Shelter *** 2016 ends (Branden (finished thru hike), trailname Radar and Chad, trailname Transporter)

Jun 3, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 60 – 63

AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 60 – 63

War Spur Shelter to Daleville, VA Getting scared out of a dead sleep was horrible. My heartbeat was pounding nonstop. The sky's furious thunder was

Jun 3, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 57 – 59

AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 57 – 59

- A few miles past Rice Field Shelter to War Spur Shelter -   As the deer stepped and snapped limbs nearby, sleep came until dawn. Once

Jun 2, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT (Bad Foot Injury) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 53 – 56

AT (Bad Foot Injury) Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 53 – 56

- Jenkins Shelter to a few miles past Rice Field Shelter -   Awakening around 3 AM, the sounds lightly plopping on the tent could be

May 30, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 50 – 52

AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 50 – 52

-Relax Inn, Atkins VA to Jenkins Shelter- Barely awake, morning began its warming light. What happened to just falling asleep last night? Was it

May 30, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 46 – 49

AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 46 – 49

- Damascus to Atkins VA - The Boulder Shuffle A lot of noises could be heard early. Deciding to get up, digging around in the food bag, beef

May 27, 2021 : Chad Thome
AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 43 – 45

AT Journey Across 2016 – 2021 Days 43 – 45

- The Rabbits Hole Hostel to Damascus - The Angry Dragon In the AM darkness, the rain could be heard splattering on the tent. The rains subsided

May 27, 2021 : Chad Thome