Category Archives: Hiking

The world by foot is a very different place. Both much bigger, but also more manageable than we expect.

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(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life

On a rainy Monday morning, my body tired from a tough hike yesterday and not in much mood for hiking, the sign saying Mountain Lake was just 5 miles from the Trail seemed more than serendipitous. Quite coincidentally my neighbour at the motel in Pearisburg, […]

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1000km by Foot

Day 46; Mile 630. I’ve taken the last 165 miles since Damascus fairly slow. The first stretch, to Marion, because I felt a bit worn out from hard hiking the week before. It was a good area though, passing through the Grayson Highlands with their […]

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The Road to Damascus

Day 33; Mile 467. I reached Damascus, VA on Saturday evening after averaging more than 20 miles per day the past week, and walking 26 on Saturday. Not only have I now been hiking for more than a month, but I’m also in my fourth […]

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Singing in the Rain

Day 27; Mile 341. It’s been quite an eventful week. I hiked down out of the Smokies to perfect weather and great views, coming into Hot Springs, NC on Tuesday after a 26 mile day. In the last mile or so I saw my first […]

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Hello Tennessee

Day 18, Mile 206 It’s been a good week on the Trail – my leg has healed, I’m feeling in really good shape and I’ve managed three 20+ mile days. I’ve covered almost 100 miles this week (and should do another 15 or 20 tomorrow), […]

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Out of Georgia

Day 12; Mile 109.8 I’m lying in bed on a cold, wet Sunday morning as we wait out today’s rain in Franklin, NC. The weather generally has been more wintery than not, about exactly what I left behind in Cape Town. I can’t wait for […]

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A Pause for Breath

After a good day’s rest on Friday, I set off on a cold rainy Saturday morning. I made good time, covering some 18.8 miles by about 13:30. I hit a very cold Blue Mountain Shelter, which already housed ‘Cowboy’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset’. Sunrise, a Brazillian […]

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The First Steps

It was with a lump in my throat that I waved goodbye to Pieter and Sureta and walked off, alone, to start the long road to Maine. When I signed yhe initial register, I was thru-hiker number 1043 for the year. I was excited, but […]

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Setting Off

After what seems an incredibly long time, my journey towards the Appalachian Trail has finally begun. Having spent a great weekend with friends in Jo’burg, I’m now sitting in OR Tambo waiting for my flight. Reaching this point already seems an adventure. I have given […]

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The Appalachian Trail

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of adventure.  Not just any kind of adventure, but the really grand kind.  The kind of adventure that changes you, where you find yourself. Well, with the sudden and unexpected discovery that I’m not yet immortal, I realised […]