Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike
Adventure and Photos by Chad "Octo" Haynes
An all-around adventurer: hiker, backpacker, snowboarder, mountain biker, jeeper and artist- designer, photographer and woodworker.
July 19, 2015
My Birthday-What an appropriate day to start my AT Journey!
Driving out to the start of the Appalachian Trail near Millinocket, Maine. I stopped by Stephen King's house in Bangor, Maine.
Tromping through beautiful Maine in summer, I rocked my Reebok ATV 19’s… earning my endearing trail-name, “Octo”.
The BEST night on the trail
I stopped to snap a killer shot and snag a few minutes of rest in my Pares, overlooking the Zealand Cliffs in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This was the best night on the trail. I hung my Pares hammock in the scrubby pines above 5000 ft. alongside a cliff with the perfect view of sunrise. That night, the stars were bright and I could even see the Milky Way clearly.
I didn’t always hang outside- in Vermont I set up my Pares inside a cabin.
But you just can’t beat sleeping in a Pares hammock next to a fire!
I made it to New Jersey and back in the Nubé hammock shelter again. I had a pack of coyotes between me and a stone wall in the middle of the night. Very nerve racking hearing their howls all night.
I barely made it through the “lemon squeezer” in New York.
Octos got thrashed but they made it through the halfway point at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania! I had a new pair waiting for me in Harpers Ferry, WV.
After I made it through the halfway point, I found myself in the beautiful, misty mountains of West Virginia. During the day it rained, so I decided to hang in a shelter for the night. The first half of the journey was grueling but awesome! Now I just needed to make-it through the next half!