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Hey, I'm a guy who can't get away for 6 months to a year to do a thru hike on a long trail. But I do have time to take a week here or there to do a section hike. So I'm going to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Let's talk about what it takes to plan a great hike, then go out and hit the trail. We are sponsored by the Committee to Restore America's National Parks, a campaign aimed at fixing the $11.9Billion backlog under our National Park System. You can check them out at https://restoreamericasnationalparks.org.

Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail Jon Eskelsen

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

Hey, I'm a guy who can't get away for 6 months to a year to do a thru hike on a long trail. But I do have time to take a week here or there to do a section hike. So I'm going to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Let's talk about what it takes to plan a great hike, then go out and hit the trail. We are sponsored by the Committee to Restore America's National Parks, a campaign aimed at fixing the $11.9Billion backlog under our National Park System. You can check them out at https://restoreamericasnationalparks.org.

    Georgia Part 2

    Georgia Part 2

    So what happened to Stephen? Was he injured? Was he able to continue? Did the rest of us stick on the trail?  What happens?  We are about to find out! 


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    • 15 min
    Georgia Part 1

    Georgia Part 1

    Do you feel ripped off by endless sequels? So do I, but it didn't stop our intrepid hikers from leaving the episode on a cliff hanger!  What cliffhanger is possible you ask on a hiking trip from point A to point B? You will have to listen to find out.  

    We talk about falls, poop, owls, poison ivy, the gamut.  Everything you never knew you needed in a podcast episode about the AT in Georgia.  

    Also, here are the names of the shuttle guys and gals and their contact information if you want to find a ride... we needed to get off trail and these folks all answered the call early in the morning.  Listen to find out more.  

    Gracie "RU" Class of 16 - 813-294-6994

    Ron Brown - 706-669-0919

    Shuttle Charlie - 706-897-2338

    Shuttle Brett - 404-569-8776

    Shuttle Jeff Moon - 706-994-2307

    These guys are the best. 

    FINAL NOTE: I chose not to edit this episode.  Probably going to sound sort of wonky.  Apologies for this, except to say, its getting late, I got to get to work in the morning but wanted to get this out.  We'll talk again soon! 


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    • 30 min
    Bring on Georgia!

    Bring on Georgia!

    Jon talks about being ready to tackle the GA portion of the Appalachian Trail.  


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    • 9 min
    Planning to go to GA, walking from the Susquehanna through the Cumberland Valley, and fixing my feet

    Planning to go to GA, walking from the Susquehanna through the Cumberland Valley, and fixing my feet

    In this latest update of our intrepid section hiker we talk about his planning efforts for his trip to GA in May, his recent shake down/section hike in PA, and an effort to keep his feet from falling apart so he can keep hiking! 


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    • 32 min
    Shenandoah National Park Night 5: Big Meadows to Swift Gap

    Shenandoah National Park Night 5: Big Meadows to Swift Gap

    Catching up on previous trips, Jon explains what happens when he leaves the confines of Big Meadows state park and heads south to Swift Gap.  

    Along the way there's some beautiful terrain, albeit not all that difficult.  Along the way we learn about the 53 cemeteries in the park and we talk about the history of the Lewis Mountain Campground.  

    For more information about the formation of the Lewis Mountain Campground, you can look at the following sites: 

    Shenandoah for idea to reality

    Previous Secretaries of the Department of Interior

    Segregation and Desegregation at Shenandoah National Park

    Memo to Secretary of Interior Stating that facilities in the Park need to be equal among the races


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    • 21 min
    Backpacking, Life and podcasting in 2021 (in 2022)

    Backpacking, Life and podcasting in 2021 (in 2022)

    In this episode Jon describes what happened to him in 2021, gives an overview of the trips he was able to take, and some of the ways life got in the way of his broader hiking.  

    He also talks about some of the new gear additions he had, including a Sea To Summit sleeping bag liner, a new Hammock Gear Wunderluxe set up, and he talks briefly about how Merrell hiking shoes failed him, although he doesn't go into how much he loves his Altra Timp2s.  

    Finally, after reviewing those who listen to this podcast, he gives a shoutout to those listeners in countries like the Baltic States, Belarus, Hong Kong and other countries who are on the periphery of Russia and China in these times of challenges -- where those two countries are seeking to restore spheres of power over these smaller countries and hinder national autonomy and undermine the rule of law.  

    Some links based on the discussion (note: we do not get sponsored by any of these companies and don't make any money off of you clicking these links.  We just like this stuff!)

    Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme Sleeping Bag Liner

    Hammock Gear hammock kits

    Grilla Grills

    Altra Shoes

    Merrell Trail Running Shoes

    Patagonia Provisions

    Washington Nationals dumped their team

    Are you depressed? 

    The Roller Coaster is a hard bit of trail y'all!

    Cranberry Wilderness in WV

    Happy hiking everyone! 


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

troark55 ,

Great Information

Being new to hiking, this show has been a great resource to prepare for our first three day hike on a section of the AT.

Jlpkirk ,

Northern VA hiker

Jon, thank you so much for producing these podcasts. I recently started hiking and have done only one just overnight backpack trip. I love hearing about section hiking the AT. I’m looking forward to hearing about Raven’s Rock and the roller coaster! I’ve hiked these as well as the Harpers Ferry areas. Your gear suggestions and reviews are so helpful too, as well as the meal reviews. I hope to section hike many parts of the AT someday. Thank you again!!!!

Jennifer from Leesburg, VA

Shmmd ,

A+

Nice to have a podcast for us normal folks who have real busy lives and many responsibilities but still dream of section hiking the AT.

Keep it up!

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