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  1. Appalachian Trail - Compton Gap to Gravel Springs - Columnar Jointing Formation


    This hike is in the northern most section of Shenandoah National Park and ascends Compton Peak where there is a unique rock formation called Columnar Jointing. Iíve included some links below describing the formation. The hike to visit the formation is 2.4 miles round trip and has 835 feet of elevation gain to hike. The parking is very good at mile marker 10.5 and the hike well worth it just to visit the rock formation. The hike guide can be found ...
  2. whats your favorite protein bar and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by -Rush- View Post
    14oz Ribeye Medium-Rare
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  3. Section Hike - Ashby Gap to Manassas Gap - Dick's Dome and Whiskey Hollow Shelters


    Continuing my section hike of the Appalachian Trail Southbound, I decided to pick up where I left off at the parking at 601 near I50 and continue through Sky Meadows State Park to Dickís Dome Shelter, the new Whiskey Hollow Shelter at the same location, and through to Manassas Gap Shelter. This leaves a small section between Jim and Molly Denton and the roadside parking at US 522 left for me to complete in this area. The trail up to Sky Meadows, ...
  4. Restart at the NOC

    After leaving Amicalola Falls on 04 February, I am restarting my AT thru at the NOC on 27 February. Why?

    I managed to complete 137 miles (plus the dang 9-mile approach trail) in 10 days. I shared the first seven of those days with Polka Dot. The last three nights I shared shelters with Young Blood. Unfortunately on about day 4 I had a stone tread "kick" a shin that, while it did no visible damage, days later turned into a major pain - pun intended. The pain descending into ...
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  5. Training

    Every year about this time when the weather starts to break I start to do two things. 1) Watch Youtube videos of people starting their through hikes. 2) Train so that I can do my smaller hikes...

    Last year I had some setbacks. Family obligations and serious blister issues kept me from achieving the real miles that I had wanted. That's ok. 2017 is a new year, and I am going to make it work for me.

    This year I am going to plan smaller hikes more frequent hikes to get started. ...
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