This was my second northbound thru hike of the AT.
It was a very spontaneous trip, as I make the decision to hike just a couple of weeks prior to leaving. I carried a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock on this hike instead of a tarp. This allowed me to camp wherever I pleased, and on the heavily impacted east coast, it was wonderful to tuck away into the woods at night, far away from dirty campsites and noisy hikers. There are many shelters along the way, but I only stayed in a few of them, preferring to hike well into the night and camp by myself.
I finished in 98 days, and look forward to hiking it a third time in the future…and going even faster! The AT is such a social trail; I saw hikers everyday, and got to visit with old friends. And make new ones, too!