Scott Morrison

Hiking the Appalachian Trail will fulfill a lifelong dream for me. I had the good fortune of enjoying New Hampshire's White Mountains as a summer playground for many years as a youngster -- a critical element in growing into future roles as student, son, hiker, skier, college grad, military officer, husband, systems analyst, father, and leader. I don't often let my mind drift to beta mode. I prefer active mental activities such as analytical problem solving, reading, poker, alternative music, fantasy sports, the stock market, craft beer, and puzzles of any type. Like everyone else, I'm constantly attempting to balance the life scales of mental, physical, and spiritual me -- but I'll try to do it with a laugh and a smile, OK?

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AT Days 28-31:  High Road Hits High Gear!

AT Days 28-31: High Road Hits High Gear!

My enthusiasm continued to build as I moved into the New York section of the trail that would take me across the Hudson River towards Connecticut.  My daily mileage also hit a four day high of 72 miles as I was really getting into a solid daily routine.

May 26, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 24-27:  Beauty, Beer, Balance, and Bears!

AT Days 24-27: Beauty, Beer, Balance, and Bears!

I'd really enjoy this stretch of the New Jersey and New York AT. The wide spectrum of sights and eco-settings really made these days special.

May 24, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 20-23:  Trail Math – Does Nearo + Nearo = Zero?

AT Days 20-23: Trail Math – Does Nearo + Nearo = Zero?

This four day stretch between Pennsylvania and New Jersey feels like a positive turning point for my AT hike. After taking two Nearos, my legs are fully healed and the terrain is improving.

May 17, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 16-19:  A Long Rain Hits PA

AT Days 16-19: A Long Rain Hits PA

Through this point in my thru-hike, the weather had been very pleasing. That would change as I worked my way through more AT miles in Pennsylvania.

May 13, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 12-15: Rocksylvania Shows Up, No Room in That Hamburg Joint

AT Days 12-15: Rocksylvania Shows Up, No Room in That Hamburg Joint

I’d spent the last eight days hiking in Pennsylvania, encountering manageable rocky terrain at times.  Things got tougher in this stretch, including my efforts to find a place to take a zero day.

May 9, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 8-11:  From full recovery mode to full privy

AT Days 8-11: From full recovery mode to full privy

After logging 120 miles in my first seven days on the AT, I was physically beat up. In Duncannon PA I’d take my first break before hitting the trail again.

May 6, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT days 4-7: Pennsylvania from fry to freeze

AT days 4-7: Pennsylvania from fry to freeze

The next four days of my AT hike would start with a sweltering 80 degree day and end with a frigid windy night.

May 2, 2022 : Scott Morrison
My first three days on the AT !

My first three days on the AT !

The first three days of my AT adventure were packed with a lot of memorable events. Here’s how my thru-hike started.

Apr 28, 2022 : Scott Morrison
Start date is near!  How I spent some of my final pre-hike days

Start date is near! How I spent some of my final pre-hike days

Closing up my pre-hike life has been arduous. Here are a few interesting things I did with an eye towards optimizing my trail experience.

Apr 18, 2022 : Scott Morrison
I’m Honoring My Late Father with My 2022 Thru-Hike—But I’m Quite Sure He Knows This

I’m Honoring My Late Father with My 2022 Thru-Hike—But I’m Quite Sure He Knows This

Who gave you the hiking bug? Most of you were, at some point in your life, brought to the mountains and shown a new world. I was a scrawny blonde five year old introduced to the mountains by my dad. He's one of the reasons I'm hiking the AT this year.

Mar 31, 2022 : Scott Morrison