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.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going crazy watching the days tick by toward my departure date for my thru-hike. Some days I just sit in my gear room
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
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
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
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