Hot Springs, NC!!!

Hello, World!

Jason and I are now at mile 272, in the absolutely lovely town of Hot Springs. It’s small, but it has a great big heart. Nothing but smiles, a lot of conversation, and some great grub. If you are ever in the area, visit ArtiSun Gallery  and chat it up over some fair-trade coffee with “Sunrise”, the owner and a thru-hiker from ’02. Try the ginger kombucha, it’s made locally! We have a short video interview with her (actually, we have MANY videos to upload) that I will post as soon as I find a computer that will allow me to upload video (Oh, how I wish I’d bounce-boxed my netbook).

We need to give some superspecial love and thanks to the folks at The Carolina Hiking Club and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club for all the snacks they lavished on us. Chow-tastic! Speaking of Chow, we need to shout out to our friend “ChowBear Claw” who decided to leave the trail. We wish you had rocked out a bit with us, dude. For real. The Crew at Double Spring really rocked our socks. Big-ups to Karen Gergely, we’ll see you in WV for sure! High-five to Carter, Al, Doug the Ridgerunner, Trey the Intern, “Samwise” and “Frodo”, Greg and Julie (We hope to at least catch-up with you two after we flip! Message me if you see this!), “2Cents”, “Pilgrim”,


My trail name is “Tortoiseshell”, Jason is “Kool Breeze”. The inspiration for both names came from our pace on the trail 🙂

Clingman’s Dome- Highest point on the AT- Awesome, but we mislaid our cameras! Trail hunger had us SOOOO disoriented for a good minute in there.

On Friday, we met the movie star Andie McDowell at Tri-Corner Knob Shelter! She was hiking with some friends on a side trail and was staying there for the night. Andie (which is not her real name, btw) was really sweet, her friends were pretty neat. They were nice enough to share their trail mix, moonshine, and wild turkey with us. Good times.

Clocked our first twenty-mile day on Saturday. Whew!

Name of the game out here is “Watch Your Feet”. I took two big spills out here- haven’t skinned my knees with so much dirt since I was a kid 🙂

I’ve been writing, not much, but I feel like the coils are heating up. At least a small chapbook of bad nature haiku on the horizon, for sure.

I have maybe seen four African-Americans in the past month. Maybe five, and they were all in trail towns. The AT and the stores around it seem to cater to mostly white males. Where are all the brown people at? I will need to put my musings on this in a separate blog entry, I could go on for a good minute more about this. I knew I was signing up for a pretty homogeneous experience, but I was/am super-floored to find SO little diversity.

(I’m like a unicorn out here, guys. A unicorn.)

We’re doing great on all major fronts right now, knock on wood. Next resupply is in Erwin, TN next week, where we will catch a bus to ride up to Maine (and meet J’s mom!) for the hike South. This means that all my New England peeps need to dust off their gear and get ready in the next two weeks to hike with us!


Greetings from the NOC!

We’ve finished the first 130 miles! Charging the phones at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Sweet place. Restaurant, hostel, showers, general store, and they even give neat white water rafting tours.

There’s no computer available to upload videos here, check back in a week or two… Shout-outs to all the awesome people we’ve met so far, including Charlotte and her BF who gave us a ride to Ingles supermarket, Lazer Legs, Spur, the neat mother of three we met at the Ingles in Franklin, Double Healer, and anyone else I forgot to mention.

What an intense journey it’s been so far! I’m exhausted, just I’m time for a rest day tomorrow.

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Video from The Trail

So, it’s official. I was too tired to write much during the first week.

Thanks to the power of the flip camera, Jason and I bring you some introspection and hilarity,  semi-fresh from the trail!

For those of you already following my FB, you know just how semi-fresh this is… but don’t give away the ending! More video up shortly.

April 3, 2011


The List-y Bit

Supply list

  1. Gregory Jade 35 Backpack
  2. Gregory Backpack Cover
  3. Mont-bell Super Spiral Down Hugger 30 Degree Sleeping Bag
  4. Therm-a-rest Z-Lite Sleeping Mat
  5. Merrell Chameleon 3 Stretch Gore-tex Shoes
  6. Vibram Five-Fingers
  7. Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody
  8. Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket
  9. Arc’teryx Gamma SK Pant
  10. Lightweight Convertible Pant
  11. Polar-tec Base Layer Shirt
  12. Polar-tec Base Layer Pant
  13. Shirt
  14. Socks
  15. Underwear
  16. Watch Cap
  17. Hydration Bladder
  18. Nalgene Bottle
  19. Water Filter
  20. Water Bag
  21. First-Aid Kit
  22. Survival Kit
  23. Etowah II Alcohol Stove
  24. Cooking Pot/Cup
  25. Plastic Spork/Knife
  26. Squishy Bowls
  27. Watch
  28. Knife/multi-tool
  29. Fire Starter
  30. Compass
  31. Guidebook/Map
  32. Cell Phone
  33. Dr. Bronner’s Soap
  34. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  35. Floss
  36. Listerine
  37. Bandannas
  38. Medications
  39. Ductape
  40. Matches/Candles
  41. Headlamp
  42. Batteries
  43. Flip-Flops
  44. Radio
  45. Zip-loc Bags
  46. Ear Plugs
  47. Insect Repellent
  48. 550 Chord
  49. Trash Bag
  50. Sun Block
  51. Hat
  52. Sunglasses

The plan is to keep the pack at thirty to thirty-five pounds.

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