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It was nice to be atop McAfee Knob near Roanoke, Virginia again! This had been a long day of hiking and I arrive just before sunset.


In April I began my second AT thru-hike attempt leaving Springer Mountain in Georgia on an unseasonably warm spring day. This was the first time that I have ever repeated a long distance trip and as you’ll see in the following journal, I learned a lot of new things about myself by doing so.

Unfortunately, my dream for a second thru-hike came to an abrupt halt after 52 days on the trail and about 1,400 miles. I had to pull off the trail at Bear Mountain in New York after experiencing the symptoms of the West Nile Virus… lack of energy, aching, lack of appetite, and a very bad inflammation centered in my head/brain area. I’ve made a full recovery however that last 700 miles to Katahdin will hang over my head until I finish them!

Lastly, I have given the theme of “Up Close and Personal” to my walk on the AT this year, as you will see in the journal photos to follow. Although I averaged 26 miles per day on this walk I still took plenty of time to get in touch with the trail, really up close with the macro lens on my Nikon Coolpix 775 although I had to greatly compress the pictures for quicker download time. Who says that ultralight backpackers don’t have time to stop and “smell the roses” ?!? Enjoy the journey!


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If you'd like more information on the trail including a thorough bookstore with everything you need, from a day hike to a multi-month thru-hike, then go here to visit the Appalachian Trail Conference.

The plaque atop Springer Mountain, just the way that I found it.


Trip photos and journal


Pick any section or start at the begining and go all the way! I'll bet that you can't tell what part of the country I'm from by looking at the buttons :-) (23 pages total)


Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.


South Virginia, Mid-Virginia, North Virginia, and West Virginia.


Maryland and Pennsylvania.


New Jersey and New York.



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