James Scott

I was a 34 year old tech support analyst, but in 2016 I quit my job and moved out of my apartment to go hike the Appalachian Trail! It took me six months to get from Springer to Harper's Ferry, so in 2017 I'm back to try to knock out the northern half, starting at Katahdin. I'm no hiking expert, in fact I've generally been fairly ignorant, but you can laugh along at my mistakes and mishaps, while hopefully I learn a thing or two about this hiking thing.

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Fat Man in a Little Notch

Fat Man in a Little Notch

It's an odd experience to have spent years dreading something, then to suddenly wake up and know that today is the day. It was a little over two

Sep 3, 2017 : James Scott
I Get High With a Little Help From My Friends

I Get High With a Little Help From My Friends

I haven't yet read Bill Bryson’s book about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but I have to assume he didn't hike much in southern Maine or New

Aug 25, 2017 : James Scott
Broken things and Newfound Dreams – Hiking Through Southern Maine

Broken things and Newfound Dreams – Hiking Through Southern Maine

Two hundred and fifty six miles into my southbound hike, and I'm still struggling to find my mental space here. There's been great days and not so

Aug 11, 2017 : James Scott
Wilderness of Despair – A Summit of Hope

Wilderness of Despair – A Summit of Hope

The first time I felt a desire to quit my hike was on the climb up Chairback Mountain. I already hiked most of the distance, and I was sitting

Jul 27, 2017 : James Scott
My Night on Katahdin (Kids Don’t Try This At Home)

My Night on Katahdin (Kids Don’t Try This At Home)

So I spent the night on Katahdin. I really need to preface this story by saying I do not recommend this experience to anyone. It was by far one of

Jul 13, 2017 : James Scott
Summon the Musketeers

Summon the Musketeers

When I was young, I watched the movie "The Three Musketeers" (1993 version) and a particular scene had a dramatic impact on me. Towards the end of

Jun 20, 2017 : James Scott
Cinder-elly Cinder-elly, get fitted for a pack before hiking Cinder-elly

Cinder-elly Cinder-elly, get fitted for a pack before hiking Cinder-elly

Since returning from the Trail, I've started working at an outfitter. While retail is definitely not a pleasant experience when coming back to “real

Dec 21, 2016 : James Scott
Week 23: What the Appalachian Trail has done for me

Week 23: What the Appalachian Trail has done for me

It was last December, and I was looking at a Facebook post from the great Zach Davis, treasured leader of the Appalachian Trials community. He was

Sep 12, 2016 : James Scott
Week 22: I might be hungry

Week 22: I might be hungry

Ever had a meal that tasted so good you wanted to savor it, then after a bit you were full enough that eating was uncomfortable, but you kept eating

Sep 1, 2016 : James Scott
Week 21: Country Roads

Week 21: Country Roads

The Shenandoah National Park is such a weird set of contrasts. On one hand, you have some truly breathtaking mountains, some challenging Trail

Aug 24, 2016 : James Scott