Willy "Catchup"

Hey there! My name's Willy. I grew up hiking in the Shenandoah's and always dreamed of attempting an AT thru-hike. After 5 years of hating my corporate job and with my 30th birthday fast approaching (quarter-life crisis, anyone?) I'm finally doing the damn thing - quit my job, moved out of CA, and am coming home to the welcoming bosom of the Appalachians. I'm blogging with the goal of one day supporting myself as a writer. Subscribe to follow along as I walk, and walk, and then walk some more!

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Alone

Alone

When I started the Appalachian Trail, I was engaged. We'd been together for 5 1/2 years, had a dog together, were ready to buy a house together.

Oct 2, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
Why “Embrace The Suck” Needs To Die

Why “Embrace The Suck” Needs To Die

This week, twice in the same afternoon, day hikers commented that I was "pretty cheerful for a NOBO!" The first time was a pleasant surprise but the second had me wondering: do we really all seem that depressed by this point on trail? But as I thought more about it, I realized how right those day hikers were. By the time NOBO thru-hikers hit the White Mountains ~ mi. 1,800, the tiredness has settled deep in our bones and it's starting to show in our creased faces and crooked half-smiles. I've heard the phrase "just gotta make it to Katahdin" more and more every day. Whatever happened to "the journey's more important than the destination", y'all?

Jul 19, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
How To Fight A Thru-Hiker

How To Fight A Thru-Hiker

As the old saying goes, opinions are like assholes - everyone has one, and they all stink.Except mine, of course.This is especially true when

Jun 4, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
48 Miles, 6 Poops, and 2 Thunderstorms: The 4-State Challenge

48 Miles, 6 Poops, and 2 Thunderstorms: The 4-State Challenge

Quick Disclaimer: There's a little more swearing and poop-talk in this post than normal.  Read on at your own risk.Even though I'm 1000+ miles

May 31, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
Giving Up Is Not In The Blood

Giving Up Is Not In The Blood

Down, but not out. Heat exhaustion, food poisoning - but giving up is not in the blood!

Apr 28, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
Gator in the Snow – A Week in the Smokies

Gator in the Snow – A Week in the Smokies

First Things First Ok, so I'm a little behind posting about my thru-hike - a LOT behind.  You, my dear readers, deserve better.  I'm currently

Apr 16, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
Call Me “Catchup”

Call Me “Catchup”

Made It To Fontana Dam! Exactly two weeks after I left Amicalola Falls, I'm happily sitting at the Mountaintop Bistro in Fontana Lodge, where I'm

Mar 20, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
LIVE from Amicalola Falls – It’s Saturday Night!

LIVE from Amicalola Falls – It’s Saturday Night!

Well, Here We Are Reporting live from the lobby of the Amicalola Falls Lodge on the eve of my AT thru-hike - and what a whirlwind of emotions!  I

Mar 5, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"
Hiking Is For Quitters

Hiking Is For Quitters

Y'all, these past few years have had me BURNT. OUT.  But I know just what my tired soul needs (not more cowbell, although good guess): 2,200 miles of walking in the woods!  You know what they say, nothing more rejuvenating than wearing your body to the absolute limit.  So I put in my 2 weeks notice as a construction project manager, packed up my life in CA, and set off on this grand Appalachian adventure.

Feb 2, 2022 : Willy "Catchup"