Tag Archives: AT


(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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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), […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]