Max Kiel

What's up everyone, I'm Max and I'm a born and raised New Yorker (no, not New York City). I recently graduated college, so naturally I decided I wanted to hike over 2,000 on the Appalachian Trail starting this Spring. Follow along on my adventure here.

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AT Days 19-21

AT Days 19-21

Standing Bear to Walnut Mountain Shelter: 20.3 miles After a chill night hanging out at the Standing Bear Hostel with other hikers, I was on trail

Apr 18, 2021 : Max Kiel
Traversing the Smokies pt. 2: AT Days 17-18

Traversing the Smokies pt. 2: AT Days 17-18

Day 17: Mt Collins Shelter to Tri-Corner Knob Shelter, 20.6 miles Another early start had me on trail by 7:15, beginning my hike through a 2 mile

Apr 17, 2021 : Max Kiel
Traversing the Smokies pt. 1: AT Days 15-16

Traversing the Smokies pt. 1: AT Days 15-16

Day 15: Fontana Marina to Spence Field Shelter; 19.4 miles After being dropped off back at the Marina parking lot, Penguin and I followed the AT up

Apr 15, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 13-14

AT Days 13-14

Day 13: NOC to Cody Gap, 19.3 miles After a restful night at the NOC, I was back on trail by 7:30, motivated to get my biggest mileage day in. The

Apr 11, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 11-12

AT Days 11-12

Day 11: Winding Stair Gap to Cold Springs Shelter, 15.8 miles  Trail Angel Snoopy dropped me and a few other hikers off at Winding Stair Gap at

Apr 9, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 8-10

AT Days 8-10

Day 8: Dick’s Creek Gap to Standing Indian Shelter, 16.7 miles By 9:15, I was back at Dicks’s Creek Gap, ready to continue hiking northbound. I was

Apr 7, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 4-7

AT Days 4-7

Day 4: Lance Creek to Neels Gap, 7.5 miles The sound of rain pounding on my tent woke me several times throughout the evening. Thankfully, not a

Apr 4, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 1-3

AT Days 1-3

Day 1: Approach Trail 8.5 miles + Springer Mt to Stover Creek Shelter 2.5 miles On Sunday, March 28th, at 8:30 AM a shuttle service arrived outside

Mar 31, 2021 : Max Kiel
Two-Day AT Training Hike in Harriman State Park

Two-Day AT Training Hike in Harriman State Park

It comes as no surprise to anyone that hiking over 2,100 miles in the Appalachian Mountains while carrying everything you need to survive is

Mar 12, 2021 : Max Kiel
Three Weeks Out: My 2021 AT Thru-Hike Gear List

Three Weeks Out: My 2021 AT Thru-Hike Gear List

Alright, let's talk gear. I think this goes without saying, but a backpacker's gear is very important to them. I believe that having the proper

Mar 7, 2021 : Max Kiel