JC Van Etten

Hi! My name is JC or trail name Catman-do. I live in sunny Florida, but my heart remains in the Catskills of New York, where I lived, worked and raised my family. I am an AT NOBO Thru hiker class of 2019. I am a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast and hope to share my adventure with those that aspire to live on the trail or for whatever the reason can’t but want too vicariously hike with me! I love nature, plants, pizza and summits - so there will be many pictures along the way! I love rescue dogs and appreciate our veterans and first responders, so I plan to help them along the way! You can also help by donating to Paws of War Florida! Helping both ends of the leash! Paws of War Thank you, JC

Posts

Pooping in the Woods; A Regular Guy’s Story

Pooping in the Woods; A Regular Guy’s Story

OK, I promise to regress and add a modicum of dignity to my cathole tales. I’ll use BM for number two. I actually had a trail plan for my BMs and it

Mar 17, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Three Weeks on the AT: Rain, Snow, Hail

Three Weeks on the AT: Rain, Snow, Hail

Having trekked 223 miles in my first three weeks, I’ve experienced 12 inches of rain, two inches of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and hail. I’ve walked

Mar 15, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Two Weeks on the Trail,  and I’m Lovin’ It

Two Weeks on the Trail, and I’m Lovin’ It

Two weeks in and 135.7 miles complete. What have I learned after my first two weeks? I won’t ever be alone. After the morning departure, I

Mar 6, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Head Down and Heading NOBO in the Rain

Head Down and Heading NOBO in the Rain

Six days out of the first week were rainy with over an estimated nine inches of rain on the AT. Walking home (from Maine) told me he heard there was

Feb 26, 2019 : JC Van Etten
I’m Finally on the Trail – For Reals

I’m Finally on the Trail – For Reals

All the planning and excruciatingly long 12 months have passed since I started training and to hike the AT. It seemed like forever and I had second

Feb 18, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Helping an Amazing Group on My Hike

Helping an Amazing Group on My Hike

My wife will tell you I’m not the best multitasker. I will admit hiking that the AT alone is a misnomer. What both these statements have in common is

Feb 1, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Budgeting for Gear – The Frugal Hiker

Budgeting for Gear – The Frugal Hiker

I’ve been called many things, but not cheap. OK, I will admit I am very frugal, but I appreciate quality gear and never go cheap on gear I need to

Jan 26, 2019 : JC Van Etten
My Thoughts, Goals for Hiking the AT

My Thoughts, Goals for Hiking the AT

For all of the new folks, following family members, and friends new to The Trek, the best book written on the mental aspect of hiking an epic trail

Jan 22, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Getting Ready, I’m in the Best Shape of My Life

Getting Ready, I’m in the Best Shape of My Life

About a year ago I committed to and started planning to thru-hike the AT as a NOBO for the year 2019. I devoured AT how-to books at a staggering

Jan 6, 2019 : JC Van Etten
A Shakedown Hike to Welcome the New Year

A Shakedown Hike to Welcome the New Year

My shakedown New Year hike couldn’t have been timed any better with less than 45 days to start the AT. Plus an easy excuse not to prop my eyes open

Jan 4, 2019 : JC Van Etten