AT Day 2 – Finally meeting other hikers 


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Meeting Other Hikers

17th April 2017

16.7 miles

Hawk Mountain camp (7.4) to Lance Creek Camp (24)

Last night a bear could have come into my tent and slept next to me and I wouldn’t have known. I was in a very deep sleep. I guess my body needed it. As a result I woke refreshed and ready for another day.

It was around 7.45am when I started hiking. Sunrise is around 7am so I got moving quite quickly. The hills were rolling and the views were great from the top of the countless mountains I climbed today. Many of the trees are just coming to life after a leafless winter. This aids with the extensive views through the Georgian scrub.

I started to catch up to other hikers. Mostly the ones with very big, very heavy backpacks. I don’t really want to help them with lightening their packs. I don’t want to be the guy that might come across the wrong way. I did help two hikers with their packs and other information only after they started asking me questions about my gear. In the next town they should each lose 10 pounds of unneeded gear from their packs. I hope this helps the strain on their body.

I passed maybe 20 hikers today. There seems to be two types of hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The younger guys and the older guys, girls are not very common on the trail in my first couple of days, very different from the Pacific Crest Trail so far. Respect to all the hikers out here.

I’ve talked with a few hikers and found two who hiked other long trails, both the PCT. Par 3 hiked the same year as me (I never met him) and another guy who hiked last year. Everyone else is on their first long trail. I know that magical yet painful feeling they have right now so early in the trail.

So far my body is holding up fine, no blisters or sore feet. Though I am a bit tired as I sit in my tent typing up this blog post listening to the Georgian rain outside. I suspect I’ll sleep very well again tonight. My tent is pitched right next to the bear poles, so I’ll be the first awake if a bear comes into camp. The guy sleeping in the tent right next to me did mention that he wanted to wrestle with a bear, ‘it’s on my bucket list’, he said. I’m sure he could use one of the 7 knives he is carrying. Welcome to the Appalachian Trail.

cookie break
Home made cookies, thank you Crunchmaster’s mum.
new leaves
Fresh buds on the trees
hiking without clothes
10am. I wonder if Bill Bryson or his buddy are in the trail. Anybody read the book?
rocky trail
meeting other hikers
Loads of people for the first time
par 3 and carisa
Par 3 from the PCT15 and Carisa.
appalachian trail georgia
Waiting for those clouds to turn into a thunderstorm
bent tree

Next : Day 3 – Major Gear Malfunction

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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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26 thoughts on “AT Day 2 – Finally meeting other hikers ”

  1. Loved reading A Walk in the Woods and also seeing the movie. For some reason, I thought bears weren’t as plentiful on the AT. Do people use bear canisters there? Those Indian marker trees have always fascinated me.

    • From my understanding bears are more common on the AT the both the other trails combined. I think just north of here in the Smokie Mountain NP is the most dense. I guess I’ll find out soon.

  2. Hi Brad, Walk in the Woods is my favourite book, I laugh out loud reading some of the passages. The real laugh is Robert Redford playing the part of Bill Bryson.I haven’t seen the movie, but it must bring a smile to Bill Bryson’s face. Jennifer and i are starting to plan a trip to Canada July Aug next year. I fancy a week in Baanf doing short walks, Jen wants to see bears and orcas.

    • Hey Laurence, good to hear from you. The book is better than the movie. Loads of great walks around Banff, you guys will love it. I saw a load of Orcas and Whales at Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, search that place on the search tab of my blog. It was amazing.

  3. LOL…yes, i did read the Bill Bryson book AND saw the movie! Good luck on the AT!! I’m looking forward to living it with you….

  4. Have you seen the Ohuhu wood burning backpacking stove? It’s cheap and burns word very efficiently. You won’t have to carry fuel.

  5. Wow! Such a great pic when you are waiting for the thunderstorm to arrive…!!
    Everything looks so familiar. Like hiking here in Germany. It’s a shame I cannot be out there.
    Enjoy every step!!

  6. On transam bike trip last year met a couple hiking AT with a French press. Made great coffee. Good luck my third thru hike following you.

  7. So great to see you back on the trail! Please share some facts about the AT when you have a chance. Highest elevation, distance, expected time to complete, etc.

  8. I’ve heard so many times about the amount of stuff most AT backpackers start with especially if it’s their first long trail/ thru-hike.

    • Unfortunately there’s been a lot of trash and clothing in the trail, I even found some unopened beers which I drank and cleaned up the trail!!


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