4 days on the AT

This past weekend part of the Bedrock crew headed north up valley to section hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). We started just north of Shenandoah National park and walked south for 70 miles.

Our good friends, The Brothers 3, thru hiked the entire Appalachian Trail last year. Their stories inspired us to hike the part of the AT that runs through our backyard.

Along the way we met a few dozen thru hikers headed northbound. They started in Georgia about two months ago (April) and will hike 2,000 miles until they finish in northern Maine. Every thru hiker assumes a trail name that describes them in some way. One of our favorites, Sparrow, had just hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) last year and is hiking the AT this year with an ultra-light 9 lb pack. He ripped out a few pages of his trail map and gave them to us for our last 45 miles southbound. He generously did so expecting nothing in return. We’re sending him a pair of bedrock sandals for the 1000 miles left on his journey.


Cooking up some midday grub and finding shelter from rain.

Leaving our mark on an AT hut.

Sewing up a hole in my old college pack. I’ll use this until it dies.


Kickin back after our last day – overdue for a wash. Hiking barefoot or in minimalist sandals builds up foot and ankle strength fast. Once your feet are acclimated the benefits are big. No rolled ankles, blisters, or athletes foot. We can’t wait for more.


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