“Grandpa”, as he’s known to some of us, is thru hiking the 2,192 mile Appalachian Trail! Follow along as he makes his way down the Appalachian Mountain range, passing thru 14 states as he makes his way south.
What is a thru hike?
Hikes that traverse an entire trail from one terminus to another in an uninterrupted foot path are considered a thru hike.
How difficult are thru hikes?
Of the 3 million people who set out on the Appalachian Trail each year, only a small fraction attempt a thru hike. Of those who attempt it, only about 25% are successful. In 2019 only 365 people were classified as successful thru hikers.
5,269 feet high, Mount Katahdin marks the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Grandpa is on his way!
Katahdin Stream Campground
South-bound AT thru-hikers register with the a Ranger here at the base of Mount Katahdin. Ready, set, let’s go for a walk.
Hurd Brook Lean-to
Night one in the Hundred Mile Wilderness! This section of trail is the longest stretch without services or civilization. Hikers are advised by large warning signs at each end to carry 10 days of supplies and not to underestimate this section of trail.
Rainbow Stream Lean-to
Saw the first moose of the trip!
Nahmakanta Stream Lean-to
Just started raining as Grandpa made it to camp. Some nice views today, beautiful trail.
Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to
Pemadumcook Lake offered a beautiful spot for a break & a snack today.
Logan Brook Lean-to
He’s officially starting to smell really, really bad.
Chairback Gap Lean-to
Biggest miles to date! 17+ miles is a long way to walk. 4 mountains summited, including White Cap Mountain (3,650′).
Long Pond Stream Lean-to
The 100-mile wilderness is challenging, but beautiful. Broke a hiking pole today – first gear casualty of the walk.
Leeman Brook Lean-to
Last day in the 100 mile wilderness! If ever a man needed a shower, it’s now!
Maine Highway 15
CIVILIZATION! Grandpa hopped a ride (I hope the windows were down!) into town. Showers & resupply are in order. The 100 mile wilderness is behind him and the second half of Maine awaits.
Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to
Had a nice break today at Horseshoe Canton Lean-to. Could have stayed here, but pushed on another 4 miles to Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to.
Taking his first zero! Grabbed a shuttle from Highway 201 into town. It’s nice to put your feet up for a day. He’s now crossed the halfway point for the state of Maine!
West Carry Pond Lean-to
Nice day today. Had a lemonade and a cookie at Harris’ Camp (mile 154.8).
Safford Notch Campsite
Had a moose & her calf walk right up to him today! Didn’t seem to realize he was there til it was already really, really close. Getting wet this afternoon, rain rolling in. Foggy at camp.
Into town he goes! Climbed the Bigelow Mountain’s today. What a view!
Taking a zero – this refers to hikers who take 24 hours in the same location to rest. These are often taken in town, where services and resupply are readily available. For some hikers, a zero is a busy day running errands. For others, it’s spent with epsom salts and ice packs. Some hikers also take a rest day with few miles hiked, called a “nero”.