Pre Hike 3

    I had originally planned to build trail with the Ozark Trail Association, (OTA), this past weekend, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather in the forecast. As a result, I saw a perfect opportunity to do some rain hiking to test my gear and skills. Embracing the suck was my attitude going forward. This... Continue Reading →

Pre Hike 2

I really enjoyed this hike on Bell Mountain located in Mark Twain National Forest and part of the St. Francois Mountains here in Missouri. The trail offered many rocks and roots. The loop itself, 11.6 miles, isn't that long so I decided to do it in each direction for an overnighter. I am not nearly... Continue Reading →

Pre Hike 1

Did Eagle Rock Loop in the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. It's the longest loop trail in the state. Tough ascents and lots of river fordings. It's just under 29 miles and loaded beauty along the Little Missouri River.  

Appalachian Trail Pre Hike Agenda

  My journey will begin in Harper's Ferry, WV heading NOBO (northbound).  Upon reaching the summit of Mt Katahdin, I'll travel back to Harper's Ferry where I'll head SOBO (southbound) on the final leg of my thru hike ending at the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia. This is known as a flip flop thru hike,... Continue Reading →

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