I don’t post about many things. And, I don’t post frequently enough about particular things. BUT, I do want to post about this incredible woman. This is the amazing woman I got to marry. She is a dreamer. Yet, she also makes every dream of hers a reality. After we finished our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, she dreamed of launching her own business. So, she did it! She launched @thetrailingcollective to sell her own artwork and provide a space for other artist to share their own work as well. This past weekend she took part in her first of many festivals and it went incredibly well! If you want to see more of all the incredible work @magreenhaw cranks out, check the link in my bio!
Happy #NationalPark week! I’m proud to live in a state that’s home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth!
#GreatSmokeyMountain national park contains almost 1800 different types of trees/plants, some 65 species of mammals, 200 varieties of birds, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians . This is a shot overlooking the TN side of the park while on backpacking trip along the #appalachiantrail
I can see the Smoky Mountains from my hotel room here by the Fontana Dam in NC. We went really hard for many days at a row, through a horrible storm, the likes of which I didn't have to face until at least Oregon on the #pct . We deserve a few days off. This historical "Gunter Cabin" is here on the premises. It feels good to rest and to know that Tennessee, our first #nationalpark and the highest point on trail are just a day or two away. #thruhikesyndicate#appalachiantrail
Left the comfortable bed and best shower ever with some reluctance this morning... But the day turned out great! Trail magic at an old school building, burger at a restaurant ón the trail, campsite wíth privy, and most importantly not that much rain! Because I can handle the occasional shower (rain), but just continous rain does me in... #appalachiantrail#at2018#thruhiking#northbound#thetrek#wandelen#rain#goodday
Had the great pleasure of attending Scott Jurek's book tour event last night. It was really inspiring, and he had some great insights into staying motivated and fostering a holistic approach to running. He was really generous with his time and signed a ton of books, including mine. I also met and chatted with ultrarunning legend Rickey Gates. Definitely worth the trip into the city! #trailrunning#westernstatestrail#north#appalachiantrail#ultrarunning#wser100#goNORTHwithScott
Day 37- We planned another shorter day of 10 miles, and we were expecting yet another day of rain. We reached a sign that said “exposed ridge” one way and “bad weather” the other way, but we didn’t really pay much attention to it and went up to the exposed ridge because that’s where the AT went. Then we got to a very rocky ridge with steep drops to either side with only the rhododendrons to stop us if we fell. We could see the storm clouds coming from the mountains in one direction and the sun disappearing over the towns below in the other direction. We wanted to stay and enjoy the incredible views but we also wanted to get the hell off that ridge line before the storm came. Don’t worry, we made it to safety with plenty of time and passed 300 miles shortly after!
Day 10! (April 24, 2018: Rock Gap to Wine Spring Camp, 11.8 miles) It was time to hit the trail again after some time off in Franklin, NC resting, running errands, and meeting fellow hikers! The day was wet and muddy, but I started it with some good ole biscuits and gravy at a local diner and finished it with almost 12 miles trudging through the rain and mud with ole Wicked from Boston, a hiker who happened to hit the trail again today, too. We could’ve mud skied down the trails today! My knees were not happy, but my feet felt much better today. (I’ve been battling various soreness.) Nothing left to do, but kick back in my hammock and wait out the rain. Here’s to hoping for clearer skies in the coming days. #appalachiantrail#atthruhike#getoutdoors#hikestagram#backpacking#hammockcamping#rainontheat#thruhike#thruhike2018#hikertrash#appalachiantrail2018
This is Greg. He likes grass. He doesn’t care that it’s raining. He doesn’t care that I walked miles through (alleged) 100 mph winds and said rain to see him. He just likes grass. Grayson highland ponies are hardcore. #appalachiantrail#wet#thruhike#partyponies
Our favorite #atthruhike2018 , Sublyme, is going old school and taking pictures with a disposable camera! He wants a stack of pictures at the end to remember his trip. Check out his favorites so far and remember #goBrianGo
Thanks to @zrdavis & @juliana_chauncey host & hostess extraordinaires of @backpackerradio 📻 podcast for an opportunity to talk about the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), @soundsofthetrail podcast, conservation, @appalachiantrailconservancy @pacificcresttrailassociation @patagonia and conserving & giving back to both trails in this 50th anniversary year of the National Trails Act and the half century anniversary of the AT and PCT as the inaugural National Scenic Trails designated in 1968. Full 📻 link in bio!
Day 36- We had planned on getting out of Hot Springs early, but Big Tuna’s shin was really hurting so we decided to wait for the outfitters to open to buy something for him. Then we decided a hot breakfast was a great way to start the day. Then we bumped into a couple people who “slack packed” and decided that was probably a good idea too. Slack packing is hiking without your pack. Someone will pick your pack up and bring it to your next destination so you can hike without the extra weight. It’s crazy how much faster we went without 30 pounds on our backs!
This fab tree decorated with hiker shoes greeted us at Neels Gap, our first stop along trail, as well as the best frozen pizza of my life, and a great little outfitter with everything a thru hiker could desire! #appalachiantrail @mountaincrossings
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"Gardening is a long road, with many detours and way stations, and here we all are at one point or another. It's not a question of superior or inferior taste, merely a question of which detour we are on at the moment. Getting there (as they say) is not important; the wandering about in the wilderness or in the olive groves or in the bayous is the whole point." >Author by Henry Mitchell, Gardening Is a Long Road, 1998
Benton Mackaye Trail|Day 16-17|31 miles|Total 586|
We woke up to rain through the night. This was as predicted, and Kelsey and I took every precaution we could to keep our belongings dry. The rain was forecasted to last through Wednesday morning, the last time we were able to look at the radar.
It rained on us, off and on, for both days and eventually soaked through our rain jackets and backpacks. With so much moisture in the air, it is hard to keep anything dry.
The trail has been phenomenal through the smokies, so far. The elevation has been manageable on all of our climbs with wide smooth trails, and for the most part does not make you pointlessly climb, to then descend.
We circumnavigated much of Fontana lake on the lakeshore trail, before switching to the Noland creek trail. The lakeshore trail was very flat and allowed many wonderful views of the lake itself, as well as the spillways off the mountain feeding into the lake from multiple valleys. We encountered 3 more wild boar 🐗 on this trail, that ran off as soon as we came into sight.
The Noland creek trail provided a good gradual climb with 2500ft of elevation gain over 9 miles. The climb was not bad and gave us a constant view of the rushing, cascading river next to us.
We crossed dozens of rivers, creeks, and streams today. On 2 of the river crossings, we did not have a choice but to ford the river. With much of the rain we had been receiving, the water levels were certainly high and moving faster than normal. The water came up around mid thigh to waist deep and caused the need for us to jam our trekking poles out in front of us, before we planted the next foot down in the rushing water. The experience definitely got our hearts racing. .