As always, we met and saw some great people from all walks of life on our hike. From NOBO's, SOBO's, Traditional Flipper Floppers, various versions of a Flip Flopper, LASHer's, SASHer's, Day Hikers, Half Ganners with a full twist...oh wait... that is competitive diving!
And meeting people in the hiking community is and always has been special because even though there are various reason why we hike, one thing for sure is that we have a common thread of loving the outdoors and adventure; Kindred Spirits. This is not everyone we met, but still an array of our fellow hikers and a bit of their back stories.
Near the MD/PA border we met a lady, "Prime Time", and her daugher on a short AT hike with a fascinating story. " Prime Time" leads and organization called "PRIME TIME FOR WOMEN, which is an "inspiring, caring community that helps women in their prime be seen, be heard, and live healthier lives." Which is how we happen to meet her. Every week of the year, "Prime Time" takes a different woman on a hike of the AT to start/continue that experience of the outdoors and how hiking can result in a healthier life sytle. Very Cool "Prime Time"!
This is "Discount", a recent college grad from University of Minnesota (so many multiple majors I lost track of his credentials!). Also a SOBO thru Hiker taking a gap year off before venturing out into THAT world beyond the great wilderness of the AT. By the looks of his empty bowl, his hiker hunger is still going strong.
One of my "training hikes" prior to starting my LASH this year was at Newfound Gap with some "future LASHer's or Thru Hikers"😊.
Being a LASHer, we don’t form too many Tramily’s during our hikes, but I have the fortunate pleasure to have a “permanent” Tramily one might say. They were not with MacGyver and I in-person this year on the AT, but they certainly were in spirit and moral support….and this Tramily was also a key part of my physical and mental preparation this year as well as the past 4 years prior to hiking the AT. It’s a backpacking group I belong to thru Meetup and what a privilege it has been to be associated with this group and have these people as my friends. Collectively they have a VAST amount of experience, such as Thru Hiking and Lashing the Colorado Rockies, AT, PCT, CDT, The Pinhoti trail, the 900-miles of the Smokie Mountains, The Shaltowee Trace and dozens more long-distance trails……and have collectively hiked tens of thousands of miles over the years.
A BIG SHOUT OUT to them and the experience and knowledge I have gain from them! Below are just a few of the dozens of people in my “permanent” Tramily!
27.09 | 17:20
Hi Possum! MacGyver and I finished up on Sept.7th with 351 miles in this year. False alarm on MacGyver taking ill. He was dehydrated but recovered in about 2 days. Was great to meet you this year!
27.09 | 17:16
Hey Pinnacle! Great to meet and hike with you also! And great advice on the next section we did. Thanks!
06.09 | 16:10
Great meeting you and your Brother at Eagles nest.
06.09 | 16:07
It was great meeting you and brother at Eagles nest