Hi, my name is Terry Gandy, Trail name Cotton. I'm a retired engineer and am excited about sharing my 2016 NOBO (northbound) thruhike experience through my Appalachian Trials blog - Thanks, Zach! I've lived in Wisconsin for about ten years moving here from Kansas by way of Arizona, Nebraska and Missouri, where I was born and raised. I've appreciated what each of these states have had to offer in terms of the outdoors, geology and natural history. I'm especially looking forward to what the AT has to offer. As Colin Fletcher said in his book, River, "The man who takes the last step of a journey is not the same man as the one who took the first." I hope you will join me in my journey by checking out my blog from time to time.
It just occurred to me that I am finally down to the 'less-than-a-month-left' point in my hike preparation. It also occurred to me that it's been
There are many choices of navigation tools for hiking the AT; gps, maps, various trail companions and guidebooks, and, of course, there's always the
A recent trailjournal.com entry by someone starting their January 2016 NOBO describes hiking the Approach Trail with a hiker not entirely prepared
I like to write. I guess that's the main reason I petitioned Zach Davis to include me as one of his 2016 AT Bloggers. Frankly, I haven't even figured
Putting first things first, I think it is only proper that my first post should explain why I'm thruhiking the AT. So, here are my three lists per