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!I’m also trying to help raise money for the Greg Hill Foundation based out of Boston, MA. If you’re interested in learning more, please follow the link! https://www.thegreghillfoundation.org/campaign/stephen-palazzos-appalachian-journey/

Posts

The Last Bounce Box: An AT Saga

The Last Bounce Box: An AT Saga

Love It When A Plan Comes Together In late October of last year I sat down with all 14 NatGeo maps of the AT and route planned this adventure (see

Mar 28, 2023 : Stephen
30 Days, 30 Lessons Learned

30 Days, 30 Lessons Learned

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” ― Terry Pratchett. This is a quick post for 30 lessons I’ve learned

Mar 22, 2023 : Stephen
Magical Trail Encounter

Magical Trail Encounter

The Amazing People You Meet on Trail So instead of a long recap of what I’ve been doing over the past 50ish miles (like crossing the GA/NC border,

Mar 6, 2023 : Stephen
The Second Section Is Harder Than The First

The Second Section Is Harder Than The First

Try not, do or do not. There is no try. Same construct as last time, recap of day to include dinner, night, and major mileage milestones crossed.

Feb 25, 2023 : Stephen
Expectations Meet Reality: My First Leg on Trail

Expectations Meet Reality: My First Leg on Trail

And so my journey begins… I have completed my first leg of the trail! Here’s how I plan to update throughout each posting. I’ll break it down by day

Feb 20, 2023 : Stephen
That Chapter is Written, Though My Book is Not Yet Finished

That Chapter is Written, Though My Book is Not Yet Finished

Line of Departure-16 Days I am officially 16 days away from my AT thru hike start date (16 February 23). Today is a special day for another reason

Jan 31, 2023 : Stephen
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