Charles Gutierrez

Trail Name “Boomerang” Retired Military Officer, World Traveler, Chef, and aspiring Thru Hiker. Taking the all-of-the-above approach to not growing old gracefully. Currently seeking The Fountain of Middle Age and living the quiet life in Montana. My wife and I have a small ranch and 18 horses and mules. Leaving this paradise for a January, 2024 start on the Appalachian Trail.

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Days 134-150 on The Appalachian Trail

Days 134-150 on The Appalachian Trail

For Mike and Sydney B, thanks and respect! You came to me in an hour of need and helped me to the finish line.  On June 29, 2024 I reached the

Jul 4, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 121-133 on The Appalachian Trail—New Hampshire

Days 121-133 on The Appalachian Trail—New Hampshire

In like a lamb, out like a lion. It took a long time to get to New Hampshire and a little longer than expected to leave. The start and end were so

Jun 23, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 112-120 on The Appalachian Trail-Vermont

Days 112-120 on The Appalachian Trail-Vermont

The days are flying by faster and lost in the blur is my keeping my posts current. Two states more completed and I’m taking a zero to rest up and

Jun 11, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 103-111 on The Appalachian Trail—Connecticut and Massachusetts

Days 103-111 on The Appalachian Trail—Connecticut and Massachusetts

Random Thoughts The further North I go it seems the opportunity to meet other hikers on the trail seems to be diminished. In the last part of

May 27, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 93-102 on The Appalachian Trail New York & New Jersey

Days 93-102 on The Appalachian Trail New York & New Jersey

After the long bridge walk coming into New Jersey I was hoping to breeze through the miles in NJ. I’m getting accustomed to being wrong on the trail.

May 20, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 81-92 on The Appalachian Trail-Pennsylvania

Days 81-92 on The Appalachian Trail-Pennsylvania

The shoe and foot problems continue  I don’t think of it as Rocksylvania, rather it is more like the rocks of Virginia were compressed into a

May 6, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 74-80 on The Appalachian Trail

Days 74-80 on The Appalachian Trail

Virginia took awhile. So many beautiful places and people through that stretch with memories I will carry with me always. The expanse of the views,

Apr 24, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 68-73 on The Appalachian Trail–Shenandoah National Park

Days 68-73 on The Appalachian Trail–Shenandoah National Park

This expansive and beautiful section of the trail vexed me a bit. Perhaps it was returning to the Smokies to complete unfinished miles and the

Apr 20, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 62-67 on The Appalachian Trail

Days 62-67 on The Appalachian Trail

Big miles, great scenery, return to the Great Smokies, and back to the future. Once again, I am thankful for the advice to take it easy, and I

Apr 10, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez
Days 55-61 on The Appalachian Trail

Days 55-61 on The Appalachian Trail

Lost: One Small Brown Bifold Wallet Last seen within a two square mile area near the Peter Mountain Trailhead. Wallet is the size of a medium size

Apr 2, 2024 : Charles Gutierrez