Stephen

If you’re lost, follow me! My name is Stephen and I’m retired US Army after 23+ years of service. Starting my AT Thru-hike (NOBO) 16 February 23. I decided to complete this journey for three reasons: 1. It’s a bucket list and a once in a lifetime opportunity, 2. I’m looking for some reflection of my career and past experiences, 3. I have the opportunity to take a “gap” year and discover what I want to do for my next career amid my transition from Soldier to civilian. I prefer my steak rare, bourbon with orange bitters, and my inner nerd loves documentaries/history. I’m an avid skier and cyclist who has completed a few triathlons. Looking forward to this challenge and meeting fellow outdoor enthusiasts along the way. I can’t wait to receive a trail name!

Posts

Gear, Gear, and More Gear!

Gear, Gear, and More Gear!

AT 2023 Thru-Hike Gear Breakdown: Spared No Expense After a couple of months, multiple different purchases, and several "back to the drawing

Dec 3, 2022 : Stephen
I Hear The Training Plan A Coming

I Hear The Training Plan A Coming

Crafting a Training Plan for a Thru Hike The data shows most who complete a thru hike for the first time did not have extensive training prior to

Nov 12, 2022 : Stephen
Training Hike #3: Columbine Trail (Cheyenne Mountain)

Training Hike #3: Columbine Trail (Cheyenne Mountain)

Progression and Proficiency For my third training hike I chose Columbine Trail which slices through the Cheyenne Canyon in Colorado Springs. This

Nov 10, 2022 : Stephen
Training Hike #2: Manitou Incline

Training Hike #2: Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline...After One Week at Elevation Just a quick recap: My first training hike was through Garden of the Gods and was about 6mi. It

Nov 9, 2022 : Stephen
Route Planning For The AT ’23

Route Planning For The AT ’23

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail and NO Plan Survives Contact DISCLAIMER RIGHT UP FRONT: I have not set one foot on the AT yet. My thru hiking experience

Nov 8, 2022 : Stephen
Hiker Intro: Stephen (No Cool Trail Name Yet)

Hiker Intro: Stephen (No Cool Trail Name Yet)

Let me introduce myself. This is a short intro on me with some fun facts. Enjoy!

Nov 3, 2022 : Stephen
Trail Runners, Trekking Poles, and Internal Frames: Woo-Hoo!!!

Trail Runners, Trekking Poles, and Internal Frames: Woo-Hoo!!!

This is a summary of my first small hike to test out and refine gear purchases.

Nov 2, 2022 : Stephen