Tom Rainer

Hi. My name is Tom and I'm planning on completing a North Bound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 along with one of my sons. I'm recently retired from my job as a technical manager. This adventure offers an opportunity of a lifetime, as I seek to discover the focus for my encore career. I'm happily married to my wife of 38 years and we have three grown children, and four young grand children. I love all kinds of music, singing, playing guitar, country line dancing, and square dancing.

Posts

Transition from Thru-Hiker to Section Hiker…

Transition from Thru-Hiker to Section Hiker…

It has been a couple of weeks since I last provided an update. Due to some family emergencies I left the trail at Harpers Ferry and traveled to

Jul 30, 2017 : Tom Rainer
Achieving the 20 mile day…

Achieving the 20 mile day…

Breaking through the 20 mile day After two months on the trail I was able to break through the mental and physical challenge of achieving a 20 mile

Jul 5, 2017 : Tom Rainer
Reunited and doing well

Reunited and doing well

Made it to Roan Mountain Well I made it to Roan Mountain, TN and experienced the wonderful hospitality of several Hostels along the way.  Hiker

Jun 13, 2017 : Tom Rainer
The Smokies are complete ✔️

The Smokies are complete ✔️

Starting at Fontana The Fontana Dam.  The weather was rather cold the last couple of weeks and the locals had a term for this.  They called it a

May 20, 2017 : Tom Rainer
Georgia complete, now on to North Carolina!

Georgia complete, now on to North Carolina!

Georgia portion, completed! Since my last post, I've completed the 78.2 miles of the Georgia portion of the AT, and am now working my way through

May 2, 2017 : Tom Rainer
Starting the journey, week one complete

Starting the journey, week one complete

Starting the journey On April 10,2017,  I started my journey on the approach trail to the AT. It began with several hundred stairs to ascend to

Apr 20, 2017 : Tom Rainer
Countdown for 2017 NorthBound AT Thru-Hike

Countdown for 2017 NorthBound AT Thru-Hike

Countdown: T-2 Weeks The time seems to be flying now. I continually find myself running through mental checklists to ensure that I have everything I

Mar 25, 2017 : Tom Rainer
Preparing for 2017 AT Thru-Hike

Preparing for 2017 AT Thru-Hike

Hi Folks!  My name is Tom and April 10th, 2017 is my scheduled start date for my NOBO AT thru-hike adventure.  A little bit about myself.  I'm

Feb 24, 2017 : Tom Rainer