Doug Burns

Hi, I am Doug, trail name "the average guy" (AVG for short), who is planning a flip-flop AT thru hike in 2024. After a lifetime of hiking and climbing all over the world, I have held onto the dream of thru hiking the AT, ever since my pre-teen self met a thru hiker in the White Mountains of New Hampshire many moons ago. Now retired as an environmental scientist who actually studied the AT corridor as an ecological mega-transect, I am looking forward to this adventure and hoping to find my special purpose.

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The AT and the Human Body

The AT and the Human Body

I am now hiking in Maine and I’ll provide an update soon, but first I wanted to discuss the toll that the AT takes on the body. This post is mainly

Jul 14, 2024 : Doug Burns
White Mountains in the Rear View Mirror

White Mountains in the Rear View Mirror

Yesterday, I reached Rte 2 in Sherburne NH, effectively the end of the White Mountain segment of the trail. Next up is entering Maine and the

Jul 10, 2024 : Doug Burns
All About Shoes

All About Shoes

The shoes that a thru hiker chooses to use is one of the most important considerations for a successful hike. With the rise of lightweight trail

Jul 2, 2024 : Doug Burns
New Hampshire Update

New Hampshire Update

The AT enters NH on a bridge over the Connecticut River in Hanover. After stopping at the Hanover Food Coop, I entered the woods heading towards the

Jul 2, 2024 : Doug Burns
Vermont – Part 2

Vermont – Part 2

Catching Up With An Old Friend I sit here this morning at the beautiful home of Sue McCredie McLaughry and Rob McLaughry. Sue is a friend from my

Jun 20, 2024 : Doug Burns
Vermont – Part 1

Vermont – Part 1

I am now hiking through Vermont, my 7th AT state with more than 600 miles behind me. The one-third completion threshold is on the horizon. Starting

Jun 13, 2024 : Doug Burns
A Tribute to my Dad

A Tribute to my Dad

As I lay in my sleeping bag recently, I thought about the events in my life that led me to deciding that I wanted to thru hike the AT. I like to say

Jun 10, 2024 : Doug Burns
In Massachusetts

In Massachusetts

I am well into New England now having passed through Connecticut in a little over 3 days. Crossed the Mass Turnpike this morning and now heading

Jun 6, 2024 : Doug Burns
In Connecticut

In Connecticut

As I write this post, I am lying in my tent just outside of Kent CT, waiting out an overnight rainstorm. The last couple of hiking days in NY were

May 30, 2024 : Doug Burns
New York Update

New York Update

Yesterday, Luna and I crossed the Hudson River on the Bear Mountain Bridge, a milestone on our hike. Overall, New York has been challenging with hot

May 27, 2024 : Doug Burns