George Turner (Old Growth)

I’m a retired teacher. I hiked over 2000 mile of the Appalachian Trail. While I only have 105 miles left, after tearing my rotator cuff scrambling over some slippery rocks in New Hampshire, I felt my once loving relationship with the AT had turned abusive. Still I’m hiker trash for life and plan to walk at least a month a year until it’s a joke. The Colorado Trail is my latest playground.

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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)
Rocksylvania… One Step at a Time

Rocksylvania… One Step at a Time

Hamburg, Pennsylvania  Rocksylvania is fully living up to its reputation.  There are times when I just want to walk and the trail insists I be a bit

May 5, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Back on the Trail

Back on the Trail

  Back to the Trail... the Hard Way I'm official!  Turns out the ATC office in Harpers Ferry is even open on Easter Sunday.  It took an almost

Apr 24, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Best in Slot:  Gear Changes for 2017

Best in Slot: Gear Changes for 2017

Is there an elusive list of best-in-slot backpacking gear? I'm going give you a glimpse into the full extent of my nerdity.  I realize those of

Mar 16, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Watch Your New Rascals: a Call to Action

Watch Your New Rascals: a Call to Action

My all time favorite water source in the Grayson Highlands. Do we really want drilling companies fracking with our ground water? Looking back at

Feb 9, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Are Paper Trail Guides Obsolete?

Are Paper Trail Guides Obsolete?

I want to make a confession, I used to obsessively look at my trusty trailguide all the time.  Looking for water, camping spots, shelters...I don't

Nov 30, 2016 : George Turner (Old Growth)
What Did I Really Get Out of the Trail?

What Did I Really Get Out of the Trail?

Inevitably, a long-distance hiker must choose between traveling light and not traveling at all Earl Shaffer As NOBOs get to Neals Gap, many go

Nov 28, 2016 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Springer and I’m Done until Spring

Springer and I’m Done until Spring

This blog post was without question the hardest to write.  This is the first one I've written in a couple of months where I didn't have my imminent

Nov 22, 2016 : George Turner (Old Growth)
I Thought It Was Fresh Air, but Was Afraid it Was Me

I Thought It Was Fresh Air, but Was Afraid it Was Me

Franklin So my last zero was 17 days ago in Hot Springs.  I'm ready.  I came into Franklin this afternoon feeling like I've been rode hard and put

Oct 31, 2016 : George Turner (Old Growth)