My Appalachian Trail Section Hikes
My first Appalachian Trail hike was in 1972. What started out as a week long adventure had turned into a life long passion. It took me 31 years to complete the A.T. one section at a time. In 2003 I earned my "2000 Miler" status atop Pleasant Pond Mtn in Maine. To quote Ed Garvey, it truly was "An Adventure of a Lifetime".
My first backpacking trip in 1972 was with a group of guys called the Mosquito Hill Gang. We followed the Appalachian Trail for a week with an assortment of gear that ranged from heavy to heavier. That was not an ultralight backpacking trip!
In 1976 I attempted a thru hike of the 2000 mile Appalachian Trail. That hike ended in Waynesboro VA after 700 miles and two months of backpacking.
Years went by and I still wanted to "hike the whole trail". In 1996 I decided to complete the trail one section at a time. What I had each year was a limited amount of time to spend section hiking. I soon began to believe that I would never complete the whole Appalachian Trail.
In 1999 I "discovered" the book Beyond Backpacking : Ray Jardine's Guide To Lightweight Hiking. In it I discovered his amazing philosophy of ultralight backpacking. Around the same time I finally got "on-line" and discovered both Michael's, and JohnO's, Ultralight Backpacking pages. A light went on! Maybe if I carry less weight, I could hike more miles per day, and that would allow me to complete the Appalachian Trail IN THIS LIFETIME !!!
What follows is a list of each of my A.T. section-hikes. The list is in chronological order starting with my first hike in 1972.
|1972||37.5 miles||Maine - Rt 17 to Rt 27|
|1973||40.1 miles||Maine - Rt 201 to Rt 27|
|1975||33.3 miles||Maine - Rt 26 to Rt 17|
|1976||883.9 miles||GA->VA - Springer Mtn GA to Waynesboro VA|
|1976||23.9 miles||NH->ME - Rt 2 to Rt 26|
|1980||54.3 miles||Maine - JoMary Rd to Katahdin|
|1995||24.0 miles||Maine - Moxie Pond to Rt 15|
|1996||43.3 miles||Maine - JoMary Rd to Long Pond Stream|
|1996||14.4 miles||Maine - Long Pond Stream to Rt 15|
|1996||7.0 miles||Maine - Rt 201 to Pleasnat Pond Mtn|
|1997||15.2 miles||New Hampshire - Rt 2 to Carter Notch|
|1997||5.9 miles||New Hampshire - Carter Notch to Pinkham Notch|
|1997||26.0 miles||New Hampshire - Pinkham Notch to Crawford Notch|
|1997||79.3 miles||New Hampshire - Dartmouth Skiway to Crawford Notch|
|1998||11.4 miles||New Hampshire - Dartmouth Skiway to Etna Rd|
|1998||22.2 miles||NH->VT - Hanover NH to Rt 12 VT|
|1999||128.4 milse||VT->MA - Rt 12 VT to N Adams MA|
|2000||14.0 miles||Massachusetts - N Adams to Cheshire|
|2000||194.6 miles||MA/CT/NY - Cheshire MA to Arden NY|
|2001||266.1 miles||NY/NJ/PA - Arden NY to Boiling Springs PA|
|2002||147.4 miles||VA/WV - Waynesboro VA to Harpers Ferry WV|
|2003||98.7 miles||WV->PA - Harpers Ferry WV to Boiling Springs PA|
|2003||6.0 miles||New Hampshire - Hanover to Etna Rd|
|2003||4.9 miles||Moxie Pond to Pleasant Pond Mtn!|