Flip-Flop

Back on the Trail

Back on the Trail

  Back to the Trail... the Hard Way I'm official!  Turns out the ATC office in Harpers Ferry is even open on Easter Sunday.  It took an almost herculean effort...

Apr 24, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends

Four, three, two, one...hike! I'm finally down to counting the days on one hand...FOUR.  MORE.  DAYS! I timed my start (April 26) to coincide with the new moon, an auspicious...

Apr 22, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Momma told me there’d be days like this: Week 3 in Pennsylvania

Momma told me there’d be days like this: Week 3 in Pennsylvania

Let's just lay it out right up front. Everything you ever heard about the AT in Pennsylvania is true: 1) The rocks are ankle-twisting, knee-blowing, jagged, and apparently spaced in...

Apr 20, 2017 : Linda Vance
Alternative Thru-Hiking: 5 Reasons to Flip-Flop the AT

Alternative Thru-Hiking: 5 Reasons to Flip-Flop the AT

Few things are definite in this world... for example 1 + 1 will always equal 2, the sun will always move from east to west, and my mom's apple pie...

Apr 20, 2017 : Sierra Knotts
Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Feeling ALL the feelings! In eleven days I'll finally be on the trail.  ELEVEN DAYS! I'm feeling all the feelings.  ALL the feelings--excitement, apprehension, dread, butterflies, joy.  It's all

Apr 16, 2017 : Deane Giordano
‘Twas the night before Day1

‘Twas the night before Day1

'Twas the night before day 1. We have been planning for this hike for so long and seemingly had plenty of time to get our gear and our lives in...

Apr 9, 2017 : Tortugamama
Gimme Shelter: Week One in Pennsylvania

Gimme Shelter: Week One in Pennsylvania

The April Fools (me, Gail Barrett and John Barrett) set out from the Maryland Pennsylvania line early the morning of April 1, finally done with all the "rehearsing and nursing...

Apr 6, 2017 : Linda Vance
Stitching and Bitching: Building My Own Gear

Stitching and Bitching: Building My Own Gear

Cut to my last big camping experience:  in January, on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Temperatures at night dipped into the high 20's.  Using a sleeping bag, foam pad and...

Apr 3, 2017 : Ruth Morley

A toast to our excellent adventure! We have been so busy getting our life organized to be away for 6 months that we haven't had a chance to open all...

Mar 25, 2017 : Tortugamama
Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Heads up, nutrition sticklers! I can’t believe I’ve only got five weeks to go before I get on the trail.  The time will both fly by and seem endless all at...

Mar 22, 2017 : Deane Giordano