Appalachian Trail – ’10

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!

7 Replies to “Appalachian Trail – ’10”

  1. Lint– I am friends with this fun lady by the name of Sue Boquist… she and I are both members of a professional Reading organization. We are just getting to know each other, but our most interesting conversations so far have been about our kids. I am more of a runner than a hiker, but have made it to the top of Katahdin, and last summer I did spend a week roaming around Glacier. I don’t remember seeing anyone that I would classify as “Hiker Trash” or wearing “Go-Lite” underwear : ) So I don’t think our paths have crossed just yet. I much enjoyed this site. Happy trails!

  2. Lint – curious about how you liked using the hammock on the AT ? Pros – Cons ? Would you use it again ? How did you stay warm? We met 4/26/10 at the Low Gap Shelter – you came in late due to “high winds on
    the ridge” – i sleepily saw your headlamp as you set up your shelter. Next morning we met, chatted a bit – I always wished I had taken a photo. Got to read your shelter journals several times up the trail. Anyway, great to meet you & wish you the best on this year’s hike on the CDT.

  3. I loved using a hammock on the AT. I carried a Warbonnet Blackbird, and it allowed me to hike well past dark without worrying about where the next suitable campsite would be. With a hammock, there are perfect spots everywhere! That night on the ridge got way too windy for my liking, and hiking another mile to hammock near the shelter (with it’s protecting tree cover) was a good idea. Sorry for disturbing your slumber at such a late hour!

    I carried a thin closed-cell foam pad from Gossamer Gear to insulate me from cold underneath, and a down quilt for warmth on top. This system worked extremely well on the heavily forested trail of the AT, but I stick to a simple tarp for the western trails. Good to meet you too, and thanks for checking out my site.

  4. Hey Clint,
    A relative of yours has a daughter in my gymnastics program, and she suggested I look at your site, as I am an avid backbacker. After reviewing your site, I couldn’t help but notice you’ve hit the AP. A coworker and I are looking at doing a section of the trail in the future, but I haven’t been able to find a lot of info regarding trailheads, parking, etc. Any info or resources would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks.

  5. hi Lint –

    I found your website by accident, great job with the site! I met you in the Smokies on your 2010 AT thru hike, we hiked together from Clingman’s Dome to Newfound Gap (I couldn’t keep you with you the whole way!) Really enjoyed meeting and talking with you. I’m borrowing some of your gear/clothing ideas for my next hike. So far the lightest on my base weight is 15 lbs. I’m hiking the Long Trail e2e nobo starting next week from Williamstown, MA. Best of luck to you and hope we meet again on the trail someday! Look foward to reading about your future hikes.

  6. I didn’t have a vehicle, so I know nothing about parking or trailheads! I’d suggest contacting the Forest Service in the area and getting maps. The AP is beautiful, so you should check it out for sure!

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