Amicalola Falls to Neels Gap – The First Few Days

It’s hard to believe it but After years if talk and months of preparation, Clayt and I finally made it onto the trail. We were dropped off to start hiking the pre-trail at Amacalola and made it to the first shelter – just before the summit of Springer Mountain and the official start of the AT – in our “first day”.

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Number 1248 and Number 1249 – The Journey Begins

Lindsay and I signed into the Appalachian Trail log book at Amicalola Falls State Park as 2014 AT Thru-hikers numbers 1248 and 1249. There are many more hikers that don’t go to the traditional starting point and don’t sign in, so the actual number of people to start this year ahead of us is more likely 2,000. Nonetheless, we signed the symbolic book and the not-so-symbolic process of walking hundreds of thousands of steps towards Maine began.
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We’re off, 31.7 miles in!

We’re here at Neel’s Gap, Georgia after a painful descent off of Blood Mountain. We have two blog posts ready to go but they don’t have wi-fi here, just a guest computer. When we go to town for a break in a few days we’ll be updating the blog with more pictures and some actual writing.

So far so good, Lindsay has a few blisters and we both are tired. No rain yet and the forcast looks good for the next couple days so on we go!

Clay and Lindsay, getting ready to start the Springer Approach!
Clay and Lindsay, getting ready to start the Springer Approach!
Monument at the start of the "On-Ramp"
Monument at the start of the “On-Ramp”

Appalachian Trail Prep V: The Clothing We Will Live In

Yesterday I went over all of the gear we are starting the AT with and decided to break it up into two posts, mostly because of how long the post became with pictures. I only have a ten minute attention span with reading a blog post and I figured there are more like me! Lindsay and I have spent more time discussing clothing and weighing the options than we have any other singular task in our AT Planning. At 1230am the night before we left we had to bit the bullet and finally put clothes into bags!

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Appalachian Trail Prep Part IV: The Gear (sans Clothes)

Over the last couple posts we covered the logistics, training and food planning that we have put into the start of our Appalachian Trail adventure. Prior to leaving Maine we spent all night and drained two pots of coffee laying out gear, re-hashing our packing list, weighing each piece and of course taking pictures of it all for the blog! Oh and don’t get your hopes up too much based on the title of the post, the clothing post is coming up next, we aren’t hiking the AT naked. (Although I do look damn good in Ranger Panties)

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