George Turner (Old Growth)

I started out to thru hike the AT in the spring of 2016. After hiking from Marion, Virginia to Harper Ferry, I went home to visit the wife and dogs, slipped on the stairs and tore my rotator cuff. God has a sense of humor, people! After surgery and four months of rehab, I went back to Marion and hiked south to Springer. Can't wait to get back to the trail to finish what I started.

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What Do You Do when the Trail You Love Gets Abusive?

What Do You Do when the Trail You Love Gets Abusive?

I left Shaw's with 85 miles left to do in the 100-Mile Wilderness carrying five days food.  A food drop was scheduled four days in.  I hiked up

Oct 16, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
My Day as a Total Dumbass: Adventures in Slackpacking

My Day as a Total Dumbass: Adventures in Slackpacking

Did you ever have one of those days where just about every decision you made was a horrible mistake?  This post is a tale of one such day in the

Oct 1, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Is Every Day a Leg Day in Maine?  Rangeley to Monson

Is Every Day a Leg Day in Maine? Rangeley to Monson

The day I left Rangeley, thunderstorms were forecast for the afternoon.  I thought it best to camp near Eddy Pond and tackle Saddleback the next day

Sep 17, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Southern Maine… Mad Ups and Downs, Stunning Beauty

Southern Maine… Mad Ups and Downs, Stunning Beauty

In my last update, I feared that I had seriously injured my left shoulder.  Turns out it was just a matter of a couple of cortisone injections and a

Sep 2, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times

It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times

As planned I set out from Hanover after enjoying breakfast at Lou’s and hiked to Lincoln, NH.  I learned a few things hiking this section. Any

Aug 6, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
OK, It’s Been Awhile; Starting the Final Section

OK, It’s Been Awhile; Starting the Final Section

Since this is my first post of the year, I think it best to give a brief review of my hike thus far.  I started my flip-flop thru-hike in March of

Jul 12, 2018 : George Turner (Old Growth)
What I Learned on This Year’s LASH

What I Learned on This Year’s LASH

At the end of every hike, it's a good idea to look back and reflect about what you learned and resolve to do some things differently next

Aug 28, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Katahdin Will Be There Next Year

Katahdin Will Be There Next Year

Katahdin Isn't Going Anywhere As I headed north, it became clear that I wasn't going to make Katahdin before my second grandchild was born.  I

Jul 31, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
The Battle of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts

The trail has a way of stripping away all your defenses.   It leaves you emotionally raw and vulnerable.  I've found that literature can hit you on

Jun 6, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

Friends When I left Port Clinton on May 5th, I planned to hoof it all the way to Bear Mountain and take a zero with friends who lived nearby.  New

May 22, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)