“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.

Mile Marker
Location

Mile 0

Mount Katahdin

5,269 feet high, Mount Katahdin marks the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Grandpa is on his way!

Mile 5.2

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.

Mile 18.6

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.

Mile 30.1

Rainbow Stream Lean-to

Saw the first moose of the trip!

Mile 44.0

Nahmakanta Stream Lean-to

Just started raining as Grandpa made it to camp. Some nice views today, beautiful trail.

Mile 59.7

Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to

Pemadumcook Lake offered a beautiful spot for a break & a snack today. 

Mile 71.4

Logan Brook Lean-to

He’s officially starting to smell really, really bad. 

Mile 88.5

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′).

Mile 99.4

Long Pond Stream Lean-to

The 100-mile wilderness is challenging, but beautiful. Broke a hiking pole today – first gear casualty of the walk.

Mile 111.5

Leeman Brook Lean-to

Last day in the 100 mile wilderness! If ever a man needed a shower, it’s now!

Mile 114.5

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.

Mile 127.5

Tentsite

Mile 136.5

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.

Mile 151.2

Caratunk, Maine

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!

Mile 165.2

West Carry Pond Lean-to

Nice day today. Had a lemonade and a cookie at Harris’ Camp (mile 154.8).

Mile 177.8

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.

Mile 188.2

Stratton, Maine

Into town he goes! Climbed the Bigelow Mountain’s today. What a view!

Mile 194.0

Tentsite

Found a good spot in the woods to make camp today. No official name, but it did the trick.

Mile 209.7

Poplar Ridge Lean-to

Had a nice day up two mountains. Crossed the 200 mile mark today!

Mile 220.4

Rangeley, Maine

Caught a shuttle into town today. Always nice to take a shower!

Mile 234.3

Bemis Stream

Feels good to be back on trail. 

Mile 250.9

Hall Mountain Lean-to

Maine is beautiful! Had a thunderstorm today but waited it out in a lean-to while he cooked supper.

Mile 256.9

Andover, Maine

Maine post offices are like black holes. Can’t recommend.

Mile 271.8

Speck Pond Campsite

Very crowded at the campsite but he just squeezed his hammock in. Tomorrow’s a big day with a milestone landmark.

Mile 281.3

Carlo Col Shelter

Went down Mahoosuc Notch today! Labeled the hardest mile on the AT, he described iy as “any eleven year-old that spends time on a playground could do it”. Seems like he might be downplaying it there.

Mile 281.8

Maine – New Hampshire State Line

First state down!!!! Blew by this landmark first thing in the morning.

Mile 291.4

Tident Col Tentsite

Mile 298.3

Gorham, NH

Town day! Who doesn’t love clean clothes and showers.

Mile 313.5

Carter Notch (just south)

Found a quiet place in the woods to set up camp for the night. Just south of the Carter Notch landmark.

Mile 319.4

Pinkham Notch

Hitched a ride back to Gorham, NH for a comfy overnight stay. Prepping for the highest east coast peak – Mt. Washington. This peak is actually very dangerous with a 12 mile above-treeline exposed ridge to tackle.

Mile 327.2

Valley Way Tentsite

Tomorrow’s the big day! Mt. Washington awaits. First to tackle is Thunderstorm Junction, which can be as treacherous as it sounds.

Mile 339.0

Mizpah Spring Hut

Made it! It was a beautiful day for a summit.

Mile 357.3

Guyot Shelter / Campsite

This site is nestled between two mountains. Heard today that after summitting Mt. Washington yesterday, winds were recorded at over 140 mph! (Not sorry to have missed that!)

Mile 370.5

Liberty Springs Tent Site

Made it to camp before the rain hit!

Mile 373.1

US 3

Made it to Route 3. Last night was a windy one as a hurricane worked it’s way up the east coast, but it’s nice to be back in civilization. “Embrace the suck”, as they say.

Mile 381.9

Eliza Brook Shelter

Nice day for a walk.

Mile 398.9

Route 25

Looking forward to hitting the 400 mile mark tomorrow.

Mile 400.9

Wachipauka Pond

Mile 414.9

South Jacob’s Brook

Went up Mt. Cube today. Nice views!

Mile 431.2

Moose Mountain Shelter

Dry camping tonight.

Mile 441.5

Route 120

Into Hanover, N.H. we go! Resupply, pizza, and thai food.

Mile 456.8

Thistle Hill Shelter

State #2 is down! Into Vermont bright and early. The state line is on a bridge, which makes for an interesting crossing as the AT goes right down the sidewalk here. 🙂

Mile 479.0

Stony Brook Shelter

Trail magic! Pasta + sauce.

Mile 499.6

Governor Clement Shelter

Stopped by Killington Peak Lodge for lunch today. Fancy bacon cheeseburger + fries for lunch!

Mile 519.3

Little Rock Pond Shelter

Hit 500 miles!!!

Mile 539.1

Route 11

Into Manchester Center we go!

Mile 560.2

Story Spring Shelter

A 21 mile day. Quarter of the trail complete!

Mile 583.5

Congdon Shelter

The final day in VT. Made it thru the White Mountains and am really picking up speed! New personal best of over 23 miles.

Mile 587.6

Williamstown

Ice cream stand across from the campsite. Can’t beat that!

Mile 601.6

Father Tom’s

Mile 622.7

October Mountain Shelter

Mile 645.7

Mt. Wilcox Shelter

Mile 659.2

US 7

Hitched a ride back to Great Barrington for the night.

Mile 677.2

Riga Shelter

No water at this shelter at the moment :/ .

Mile 695.9

Pine Swamp Brook Shelter

Arrived just as it started to rain. Looks like more weather coming, time to plan a zero in town!

Mile 712.9

Route 341

Hitched a ride back to Great Barrington. Had a nice little storm dodge in a gentleman’s shed, and waited out the tornado warning in comfort. Not many hiker services in Connecticut!

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”.