Flip-Flop

The push and pull of unrealized goals.

The push and pull of unrealized goals.

This is a stream of consciousness post (SoC), not a well thought out, edited and polished post. I have been off the AT now for about 2.5 weeks; my second...

Jun 25, 2017 : BuzzCut
I am not a Mountaineer

I am not a Mountaineer

Let's go to Oregon, shall we? At the Oregon California border as we headed south. It's fun crossing a state border for once! If you've heard anything about trail conditions...

Jun 25, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
See Ya Never Again, Shenandoahs!

See Ya Never Again, Shenandoahs!

How do you know someone's a thru-hiker? The outfit usually gives it away! Shenandoahs, done! I covered 108 miles over 8 days, which is actually kind of slow considering the...

Jun 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Rethinking How to Hike My Own Hike–There Will Be Consequences

Rethinking How to Hike My Own Hike–There Will Be Consequences

For the record, Virginia...not flat, not easy. I was 360.8 miles in to my flip-flop thru hike and looking forward immensely to a zero at the Quality Inn in Waynesboro,...

Jun 7, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
The Battle of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts

The trail has a way of stripping away all your defenses.   It leaves you emotionally raw and vulnerable.  I've found that literature can hit you on the trail in...

Jun 6, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

Friends When I left Port Clinton on May 5th, I planned to hoof it all the way to Bear Mountain and take a zero with friends who lived nearby.  New...

May 22, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

I might be getting my trail legs. Today I hiked almost 14 miles and had my camp set up by 3pm. Up until today, a 14 mile day meant dragging...

May 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

This post could be about the Dragon's Tooth, a great stone monolith that spirals up into the sky and from which there are said to be magnificent views. We climbed it...

May 14, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Day 15…Skipping Right Along

Day 15…Skipping Right Along

Start: Bailey Gap Shelter, mile 658.6 End: Campsite mile 676 Miles: 17.4 Total Miles: 174.1   I'm trying something new since I'm sooooo far behind...a short daily-ish post. Still,

May 12, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Rocksylvania… One Step at a Time

Rocksylvania… One Step at a Time

Hamburg, Pennsylvania  Rocksylvania is fully living up to its reputation.  There are times when I just want to walk and the trail insists I be a bit more reflective about...

May 5, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)