Author Archives: Pilgrim

There’s No Fooling Mother Nature

We arrived at Sassafras Gap shelter mile 143.7 at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13. It started raining shortly after we got our tents set up and dinner finished. Rain turned to sleet pretty quickly and then to snow all … Continue reading

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Saved By Our Friends!

Nantahala Outdoor Center Mile 137.1     Left at 1:00 p.m. today and arrived Sassafras Gap Mile 143.7 at 6:00 p.m. SlimTim gives a good explanation of our dilemma today in his post here.  Who knew hiking the AT could … Continue reading

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Treacherous Trail

March 11, 2017 Unicoi Gap, Georgia Mile 52.9 northbound: departed approximately 8:45 a.m. on a beautiful sunny day.  Don’t let the steps in this picture fool you … they must have put them there to give hikers the false sense … Continue reading

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On The Trail Again!

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 … Continue reading

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No Regrets and There Is No Place Like Home

March 15, 2016  Bobo Hollow Road, Tennessee It’s hard to tell you … but my pursuit of a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail ended at Fontana Village (mile 164). For nearly three weeks I have been unable to get the … Continue reading

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Stay Tuned …

My sister-in-law, Liz, posted a link on Facebook to an article titled “Doctors Tell Us How Hiking Can Change Our Brains”.  Here is an excerpt from the article: “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The … Continue reading

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Dog Day Afternoon

Day 20.  Really? Seems like …  I left Brown Fork Gap this morning at 7:15 a.m. because I was up at 5 a.m. (sleep still eluding me!)  11.4 miles later I arrived at Fontana 28 AT Crossing at Fontana Dam. … Continue reading

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On The Downhill

Day 19 I left sassafras shelter at about 8 o’clock this morning and arrived at Brown Fork Gap shelter at 2:30 this afternoon. Sassafras shelter is at mile marker 144 and Brown Fork Gap shelter is at mile153.3 for a total … Continue reading

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Hello Goodbye

Day 18 started with a great breakfast with Catherine and my MIL.  I heard from SlimTim during the early morning and he sent me an email from his friend Monty.  Monty included encouragement for me that I really appreciate.  Monty … Continue reading

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Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Coal …

I spent last night at Cold Spring Shelter.  When I arrived I was just too beat to set up my tent. Turned out well. I had two shelter mates, Stealth (from Indiana)  and Super Nova (from Virginia.)  This was one of my … Continue reading

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