On The Trail Again!

Fontana Dam

I received a call from my buddy “Slim Tim” a week or so ago. Seems like he’s heard the siren call of the AT and is ready to hit the trail again. Thanks to my understanding wife, I have agreed to do a sectional hike with him, from Unicoi Gap in Georgia to Fontana Dam in North Carolina. Hiking in sections is known by AT hikers as a Flip-Flop hike.

This will be a hike of approximately 100 miles. We plan to leave on Saturday, March 10, 2017 – exactly one year to the day that I came off the trail at Fontana Dam!

I am trying to lighten my load this time with a Big Agnes 1-person tent weighing 2 lbs 1 oz and a Back Country Quilt sleeping bag weighing 1 lb 14 oz. The sleeping bag has less insulation (thus cooler) than the 5-degree mummy bag I used last year. Sleeping was a problem for me last year and I am counting on this quilt and a nightly prayer to help me sleep.

Beef Jerky, Tuna, Ramen Noodles, Raisins, Nuts, and Chocolate! Let’s go!

I will try avoid using the same pictures from last year and I apologize ahead of time if you have a moment of Déjà vu.

Happy trails,


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13 Responses to On The Trail Again!

  1. Jim Davis says:

    Go for it guys! I look forward to reading about your journeys again.


  2. Cindy says:

    I am envious! Funny all night long I have been thinking about my last AT trip, looking at pics. I have not thought about it in some time, then I see your post. Awesome you are heading back. I will be with you in spirit. Look forward to your post.


  3. Margaret Mattox says:

    Wishing you both a safe and adventurous hike. 🙏


  4. Bravo! Encore! God speed and Happy Trails!


  5. Toni Davidson says:

    I look forward to sharing your adventure and pray for your ability to sleep.
    God’s speed


  6. Mike Remspecher says:

    Awesome news! Have a blast out there! Best wishes for safe travels. I can’t wait to read the upcoming posts.


  7. Agent 314 says:

    Be safe you youngsters! Listen to your knees and other body parts along the way. They may be trying to tell you important things. Sleep well, be patient, and looking forward to reading about your adventures!


  8. You’re back! Go slow and take it all in. You provided some of the inspiration for my 3/21 NOBO start.


  9. Betsy Akerly says:

    Oh great! I love your stories on the trail and look forward to taking up the adventure again! Will be praying for safety and many good nights of sleep.


  10. Well, if one or both of you make it in to the Roanoke Valley area in Virginia, our offer for a place to stay the night, a hot shower and to take you out for dinner at The Homeplace (right off the trail) still stands. Be safe and looking forward to following the journey!


  11. Avery says:

    Great. Looking forward to your adventures


  12. Shannon Jacobs says:

    Good luck, and have fun!


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