James Aguilar

47 year old. Currently applying to nursing school after working for around 20 years in retail. I do not have a lot of hiking experience, but I do have a good bit of marathon experience. The nutritional needs of marathoning and hiking seem to be pretty similar. I have lived in Texas, where I am currently, Oklahoma, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio

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Standing Bear to Hot Springs, NC – Coronavirus Update

Standing Bear to Hot Springs, NC – Coronavirus Update

Today will have some tough climbs and a more than the usual number of breaks. I leave Standing Bear and almost immediately begin a tough climb.

Mar 18, 2020 : James Aguilar
Franklin, North Carolina

Franklin, North Carolina

March 3: I walk through water for miles and hit Rock Gap around noon to pee. I finally have crappy cell service and try to call dad and fail. Don

Mar 3, 2020 : James Aguilar
Dicks Creek Gap to Rock Creek Gap

Dicks Creek Gap to Rock Creek Gap

Prior to Dicks Creek Gap I spent the last hour in the hot tub with the ladies of UVA Wise lacrosse. They’re big time.Sunday, March 1: 

Mar 3, 2020 : James Aguilar
Hiawassee, Georgia – Zero Day in Absolutely Beautiful Surroundings

Hiawassee, Georgia – Zero Day in Absolutely Beautiful Surroundings

Feb. 28: Sally and Joyce recommended three hotels in Hiawassee. One did not have laundry and I chose Holiday Inn after hearing that it was the best

Feb 29, 2020 : James Aguilar
Neel Gap to Dicks Creek Gap – Trail Name Big Sky

Neel Gap to Dicks Creek Gap – Trail Name Big Sky

Packed  and ready to leave Blood Mountain Cabins  and Neel Gap at 8 a.m. I went to drop off my key and one of their cats (gray and white) led me back

Feb 29, 2020 : James Aguilar
Days 6 and 7 – Blood Mountain to Neel Gap and Blood Mountain Cabins

Days 6 and 7 – Blood Mountain to Neel Gap and Blood Mountain Cabins

Day six began a little earlier again as I was excited to get to civilization. I get most of my gear packed before starting breakfast and coffee. Half

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar
Day 5 – Ram Rock Mountain to Blood Mountain

Day 5 – Ram Rock Mountain to Blood Mountain

Day five began a little earlier than the last. PB&J and coffee for breakfast, no privy so I wait and hope for the best and I found the best at

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar
Day 4 – Hawk Mountain to Ram Rock Mountain

Day 4 – Hawk Mountain to Ram Rock Mountain

Day four. There is something sharp in the wall of Hawk Mountain Shelter that pokes up few holes in my down jacket. I will fix it when I get to

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar
Day 3 – Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

Day 3 – Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

Day three. I woke  to 17 degrees, frozen pants, hoodie, gloves and something or everything in my water filtration system. The mice found their way to

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar
Day 2 – Amicalola Lodge to Springer Mountain

Day 2 – Amicalola Lodge to Springer Mountain

Day two started at Amicalola Falls Lodge with a hearty “Happy Trails” from the front desk. I also broke the zipper on my backpack brain.Started

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar