Sunday, December 12, 2010

The First Few Days

"Hey, Pete, fancy a walk today?" my words to Pete on the way to our last breakfast before heading out for the first day of the trip.

"This sucks, I hate this, I'm cold!" my words less than twelve hours later, setting up camp in a cold, windy valley.

A reminder that on the trail, tension and emotions often run high. We've hiked four days so far and I've had one really good day, two rough days that had great moments, and one miserable day. Ladies and gentlemen, winter hiking isn't easy. I've seriously considered going home already and I've only hiked just short of 19 miles. I have over 2,000 still to go...

Pete has been beyond patient with my slowness and my meltdowns and my bad gear choices. We're taking two and a half days off the trail to fix some gear issues and heal my blisters.

For now, we are hoping to be back on the trail later this week, though it's going to be cold. Hope you all are nice and toasty and ready for the holiday season.

For now, here are a few pics on the trail:

The first morning after camping. Rough night, beautiful day.

Ice Crystals. :)

Walking on thin ice...

Another great view in the Chattahoochee National Forest.


  1. Hang in there! You are doing an incredibly awesome thing that will stick with you for your entire life. I look forward to vicariously experiencing the adventure with you.

  2. You are building memories that few people are able to understand and share. It has been decades ,more than a century since it was common for people to do things like this. When you are cold and wet, just remember, you will be able to say to us "where were you on St. Crispin's Day?" The scars you get will not last as long as the memories.