This terrain is insane!

We are closing in on a month on the trail.  Today Paul will have covered 300 miles of the AT from Virginia to Pennsylvania.  I am so proud of him.

When he was planning this trip he was calculating 18+ miles a day.  He trained with a backpack and climbed the highest hills in San Diego.  But there is absolutely no way to recreate this trail.

First of all, when I look at a map and see “National Scenic Trail” I get the impression that there will always be a broad path that you could see.  Hahaha.  What was I thinking?  Seriously I don’t know how Paul doesn’t get lost more often.  

Second, Paul was prepared for hills.  But hiking steep hills with loose rocks really slows down your hiking time.  It has been raining the last week, so add slickness to the mix and I’m sure Paul feels like he is crawling.

He has also encountered obstacles.  I’ve lost count of the trees that have fallen across the path.  He’s had to crawl under them to get by.

I know Paul feels like he should be going faster, but he is doing phenomenally.  I saw a sign in Shenandoah National Park calculating the difficulty of the trails.  Every trail he was on rated a   “strenuous” or “moderately strenuous”.  The park service estimated that a hiker should expect to go at a rate of 1.2 miles per hour.  This is without a backpack.  In those terms, I think he is blazing.

He’s encountered more difficult terrain since Shenandoah.  I’ll have to upload his pictures for you.  

He is still enjoying himself, but this is no walk in the park.

3 thoughts on “This terrain is insane!

  1. Rob "Rabbit" Rounce says:

    Susan – Thanks so much for yesterday’s trail magic. Your blog is great and add me to those who would love to have the support you provide Mr. Nature. I live in Connecticut, about two hours off the trail, as this adventure takes you there or if there is any way I can be of help then please contact me at or at 860-414-1714. I post journals on so you can track my progress there. All the best to you and Mr. Nature! Rob “Rabbit” Rounce


  2. brennamccree says:

    Hi! I met Mr Nature last night at Bake Oven Knob shelter. My friend and I were out doing an over nighter. Mr Nature was so great to chat with and everyone had great things to say about you. You are doing a very important job and what a great way for you to experience the trail! I’m excited to follow along with yall’s journey!


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