Appalachian Trail Thru Hike: Damascus, VA to Marion, VA

We stopped at Mojo’s coffee shop to have breakfast (the 2+2+2 is amazing consisting of two eggs, two strips of bacon and two plain, blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes). Ashley was our cashier, barista and servers Mojo’s for the two days we stayed in Damascus and was so patient handing out plates of food toContinue reading “Appalachian Trail Thru Hike: Damascus, VA to Marion, VA”

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike: Hampton, TN to Damascus, VA

Darwin and Legs leave the famous trail hostel, Kincora and set off northward on the ‘Tennessee Turnpike.” Big days, easy trail, and beautiful vista shelters. We finally enter Virginia, the 4th state of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. Ahead lay 550 miles, a whole quarter of the trail, in this new state.

Director of Toughness: Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike, Shark Cage Diving, and other General Badassery


GEAR REVIEW: Titanium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy

Technical Specs Weight: 6.4oz – 7.4oz Size Tested: 76″ chest, 48″ foot, 87″ total length. Construction: 30d waterproof nylon (bottom), Impetus 1.1 (Top) Store: Titanium Goat Mileage before Review: 702 miles Longest Test: 702 miles ***Cottage Shop***

GEAR REVIEW: Montbell Tachyon Anorak

Technical Specs Weight: 2.82 Size Tested: XL Construction: 7-Denier ‘Balistic Airlight’ Nylon coated in Polkatex DWR Store: Montbell Mileage before Review: 2500+ miles Longest Test: 2155 miles ***Thru Hike Tested***

GEAR REVIEW: Mountain Hardwear Compressor Jacket

Technical Specs Weight: 21.15oz Size Tested: XXL Construction: ThemalQ Elite insulation. 20D ripstop nylon Store: Mountain Hardwear Mileage before Review: 450+ miles Longest Test: 300 miles