Sunday, May 22, 2016

AT 2016 -> Days 41-55 (5/8-5/22) (miles 728-1,034)

I'm now in Maryland after 540 miles of Virginia and 16 miles of West Virginia.  Virginia has more miles of trail then any other state on the AT.  It's been pretty wet the last few weeks, with more days of rain than sun.  Temps have also been cooler than usual for this time of year, several nights in Shenandoah National Park were in the low 20's.  

Virginia was much rockier than I expected, and while the top elevations in VA are lower than NC/Tenn the climbing was just as strenuous.  Surprisingly there was a lot of bear activity in the state as well.

Maryland will be quick at only 40 miles, then on to PA and the halfway point.

The Guillotine - mile 769

Bridge over James River VA

Eastern Ratsnake

Three Ridges Wilderness

Virginia/West Virginia border mile 1,006

ATC visitors center Harper's Ferry, WV

Harper's Ferry, the unofficial halfway point of the AT

Crossing over the Potomac River from WV into Maryland

New shoes vs old shoes(1,000 miles)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

AT 2016 -> Days 28-40 (4/25-5/7) (miles 470-727)

Photos from the Southern VA section between Damascus and Daleville, VA:

Whitetop Mtn, VA

Buzzard Rock, VA

Trail through "Fatman Squeeze", Grayson Highlands

Mile 500, Grayson Highlands

Me in Grayson Highlands

Red-spotted newt

Pasture near Holston River

Just after a strong hail storm at Rice Field shelter,
resulted in holes in some tents

McAfee Knob, mile 711

View from Hay Rock, near Daleville, VA mile 724