Griff

I'm a sixty-eight year old semi-retired software architect/engineer and systems analyst. I live with my wife in north-central New Jersey within 1 hour of several trailheads on the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy day-hiking the AT with my wife, rails to trails biking with my college buddies, reading about technology (especially space) and reading/listening to science fiction novels. I'm currently planning an out and back on the AT from the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey to Springer Mountain Georgia. I am planning to start this 2,600 mile round-trip hike in late March and to finish sometime in September. This will be a real challenge for me and I am looking forward to it!

Posts

Hike philosophy and attitude

Hike philosophy and attitude

I recently read Somewhere's posts on her approach to her hike and I liked what she had to say. Like Somewhere, I see hiking as an adventure, an

Jan 14, 2024 : Griff
Lessons From My Shakedown Hike

Lessons From My Shakedown Hike

The shakedown hike that I talked about in my last post taught me several things. Foremost, I have to eat!  Burning 5,000 calories a day and eating

Jan 12, 2024 : Griff
The Shakedown Hike:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Shakedown Hike: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In June of 2023, I did a 260-mile "shakedown" hike to test my equipment selections and to get a taste of what a thru-hike might look like.  It was

Jan 11, 2024 : Griff
Excited and Getting Ready

Excited and Getting Ready

I've day-hiked hundreds of miles of the AT with my wonderful wife and I am really excited to begin my long sojourn. It is a trail full of variety,

Jan 10, 2024 : Griff