James Thomson

Hey everyone my name is James Thomson, aka Grumpy Gramps. I'm from Maine and currently live in north Florida. I will be flip/flop hiking the AT starting in mid-April from Springer to Harpers Ferry and then from Katahdin back to Harpers Ferry. I retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2014 after a 27 year career, and it's now time to start on my bucket list. If you are interested in some no nonsense, funny (at times), and "stay off my lawn you young punks" grumpy blog posts, I would be happy to take you along on this adventure.

Posts

Gear Packing Anxiety

Gear Packing Anxiety

Yup. This is Happening My AT thru-hike attempt next year will be my first long distance hike. I’ve taken a few multi-day trips before but have never

Nov 9, 2017 : James Thomson
Why the AT? Why Now?

Why the AT? Why Now?

On a recent hike in a local conservation area, I started thinking about my upcoming AT hike. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have been thinking about this

Nov 3, 2017 : James Thomson
Wearing Sandals on a Thru-Hike? Yes I am!

Wearing Sandals on a Thru-Hike? Yes I am!

A Little History Seven years ago, I jumped on the minimalist shoe train and have never looked back. I started with Xero Shoes Prios and Darn Tough

Oct 28, 2017 : James Thomson
How Much Does an AT Thru-Hike Cost?…Depends

How Much Does an AT Thru-Hike Cost?…Depends

While doing my research for my thru-hike, I have only found a few videos and articles that talk about the cost of thru-hiking the AT, and the answers

Oct 26, 2017 : James Thomson