John Edward Harris

I am a thru-hiker wannabe who has hiked sections of the AT in NH, NJ, PA, VA and NC. I fell in love with hiking and backpacking over forty years ago. Yes, I am that old! Along the way I took a NOLS Outdoor Educator Course, a LNT Master Educator Course, and two Wilderness First Aid Courses. I also like cycling and flat-water kayaking. I have worked part time as a Guide in an EMS Store and a Customer Service Specialist at an REI store. In other words, I love the outdoors and adventure.

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Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Double Stack”

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Double Stack”

Double Stack’s love affair with long distance might have started with his 2018 AT thru hike, but it did not end there

Jun 18, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Story”

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Story”

“Story” quickly recalled the exact days she began and ended her hike.  She had begun her thru-hike on March 25 and ended six months later on September 25, 2018.

Jun 14, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – Daniel

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – Daniel

I met Daniel at the Thursday evening One Way Ministries Free Hiker Feast. He sat across from me and my friend Dave. We struck up a conversation as we

Jun 5, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories:  Paul and Joyce

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories: Paul and Joyce

Standing and waiting in line to enter the free Thursday evening hiker feed offered by One Way Ministries at Trail Days 2024 was a great opportunity

May 31, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Bad Idea” and Willow

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Bad Idea” and Willow

This is the second installment of my Trail Days 2024 Hiker's Stories.  Here is a link to the first installment.It seemed like Tent City in

May 27, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Some might describe Trail Days in Damascus, VA as time when AT hikers, both current and former, gather to share stories and the camaraderie of the

May 23, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Book Review: Tales from the Trail – Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Book Review: Tales from the Trail – Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Most AT thru-hikers and even some sectional hikers have probably spent a night or two sleeping and showering at the Hiker Hostel of The Presbyterian

Jan 24, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Review of Earl Shaffer’s “Walking With Spring”

Review of Earl Shaffer’s “Walking With Spring”

Shaffer’s book is memoir about his first AT thru-hike, not a detailed section-by-section description of the trail or a technical “how to” guide to thru-hiking the AT.

Nov 17, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Happy Trials and Keep on Trekking

Happy Trials and Keep on Trekking

It has been a pleasure and an honor to be part of The Trek team. I feel part of the (elite) Appalachian Trials/The Trek cyber community.

Aug 24, 2017 : John Edward Harris
More Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

More Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

Hard learned winter backpacking lessons

Aug 15, 2017 : John Edward Harris