My name is Wes but my trail name is Cap'n, as in, "Oh Cap'n, my Cap'n!" I write and I hike. I also do other stuff but I'm not as good at those things. I'm going to be a high school English teacher once I'm done with this crazy 2,200 mile walk thing. I also like dogs but then again who doesn't? Check out my personal website at www.weswordbound.com
Run by thru hikers Jumanji and Sunshine, Happy Gnomads is a place for thru hikers, by thru hikers.
Well, I made it farther than 25 percent of hikers! After passing through Mountain Crossings without giving my shoes up to the shoe tree, I have now made it past the point where about a quarter of AT thru hikers drop out of their hike. Well, not this guy!
And so the journey begins on a rainy day in North Georgia as we drive into Amicalola Falls State Park to begin my thru hike of the Appalachian trail. After a briefing by some rangers and a hard goodbye with Destinee, I set out north to Springer.
"Load the car and write the note, grab your bag and grab your coat, tell the ones that need to know, we are headed North." -The Avett Brothers
This loss has given me a new mission. A new purpose, if you will, to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Now I'm hiking for Raz.
It's hard to believe I leave for Georgia in six weeks.
This post details why I chose to go with a hammock over a tent and will address some of the drawbacks of my choice. If you're interested in using a hammock on your thru hike, or just want to get into hammock camping in general, this post may be helpful to you.
All these things are just as integral to getting me to Katahdin as my pack or my hammock. Each piece will have its part to play.
A story of my first backpacking trip and what I can take away from it for my thru hike.
A trip report from my recent shakedown hike on the Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to Fontana Dam.