Eric speaking, here is all the gear I will be carrying for the start of the trip (dope! forgot the sunglasses). Weighing in at just under 12 pounds, I’m already excited to start dropping stuff come warmer weather. Even as our start date nears I’m still in slight disbelief that this has actually become a reality. Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail has been something I’ve dreamt about since high school when I used to frequent sections in Virginia/Maryland and laugh at the fact that people actually cut tags off their gear. Now, 10 years later, I’m about to summit Springer Mountain with nearly every tag removed. What’s even more amazing is that Sammi and I are doing this together. It is such a blessing to have her in my life. I know it will be a challenge and many people have expressed their apprehension, but our relationship has never been easy, and I am confident that we will come out of this stronger than we started. As for other concerns, I’m mostly worried about overcoming the discomforts: the cold, the wet, the soreness, the monotony, etc. – but at least I’ll have someone to complain to.
I am real excited to check out of society for a while, and live a simpler life. I am carrying a grossly heavy, 1 pound camera (this is what my whining sounds like), but am doing so in order to document life on the trail, both ours and those whose paths we cross. It’s been a year and a half since my last personal photo project, and I am looking forward to some visual wanderings.