Jeremy Gottschalk

Jeremy G is a military veteran and enthusiastic hiker. Starting in Hawaii, Jeremy began the Barefoot Hikers, a social group aimed at trail restoration, history and conservation while building friendships. With some 300 hike events over nine years, the group reached 17,000 Barefoot Hikers without injury or fatalities (very rare in Hawaii). In 2016, Jeremy transitioned into the civilian world with hopes of continuing his hobby as more of a lifestyle. He set out to cover two of the National Scenic Trails, AT and the FNST. Follow along with the OG Hawaii 'Barefoot Hiker' as he attempts the AT!

Posts

Crossing to PA : Last One Wins

Crossing to PA : Last One Wins

Barefoot is still here. And still moving. I've regrouped with part of my tramily as "Bags" has managed to catch up to me. He'd been away at a

Jul 19, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Cue Vanessa Carlton – 1000 Miles and Harper’s Ferry

Cue Vanessa Carlton – 1000 Miles and Harper’s Ferry

Dear Diary,  I may have gone a little mad from the Rollercoaster. Who thought that was a good idea?  The black dot is a bear. I was FAR

Jul 14, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
NOBO or Bust? Barefoot Weighs His Options

NOBO or Bust? Barefoot Weighs His Options

I have gotten back on the Appalachian Trail after the tumultuous trials of broken toes, fallen heroes and July 4th shenanigans. I headed back

Jul 9, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Fourth of July in DC: A Sailor’s Memorial, Visiting Friends, and a Car Accident

Fourth of July in DC: A Sailor’s Memorial, Visiting Friends, and a Car Accident

Headed to D.C. Hey, everyone. @BarefootHiker here. As of this post, I am still at Mile 862. I will have rested for almost two weeks before

Jul 3, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Waynesboro, So Fun It Had Me in Stitches (NSFW: Gore)

Waynesboro, So Fun It Had Me in Stitches (NSFW: Gore)

It has been a rough few days. I walked into Waynesboro at Mile 863 fatigued and ready for a break from the constant coating of rain and sweat, the

Jun 23, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
McAfee, Care Packages, Butts, and Zeroes

McAfee, Care Packages, Butts, and Zeroes

700 miles. I jumped the gun in assuming I'd be anywhere near the halfway point. Side quests, Trail Days and a strong desire to visit every trail town

Jun 9, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Medical: Scabies Reported Along Southern Virginia AT

Medical: Scabies Reported Along Southern Virginia AT

Pictured: Scabies on Upper Left Leg of Diagnosed Hiker  Update (6/3/2017 19:40:00): More reports are coming in of similar bug sites and

Jun 4, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Continuing After Trail Days

Continuing After Trail Days

With the rains returned, the quiet of nature helps me adjust to the aftershock of Trail Days. The weekend was packed with amazing and wonderful

May 23, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
From Tides to Trail : Finding A New Community After Leaving the Military

From Tides to Trail : Finding A New Community After Leaving the Military

Mile 460. As I reflect, I left my job in Hawaii over a year and a half ago. It was a hard transition to hang up my Navy uniform and pursue school.

May 13, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
No One Could Believe This Amazing Trail Magic

No One Could Believe This Amazing Trail Magic

Fine Dining On the AT Mishap and Mother Goose order menu items at the Appalachian Pine Mixer while their server pours hot tea. No one would

May 7, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk