If it is not obvious by now, I am not on Trail. This is not because I decided against hiking or because I got scared of the commitment I was going to be taking , but instead it was decided based on a tough personal choice. I have been with my girlfriend for a long time and I love her very much, she has wanted out of her parents house since returning from college. I chose instead of hiking the AT this year to seek out a job and get us a place and honestly it's taken me this long to come to terms with it and be willing to post it online feeling that I made the right choice.
If you have any interest in our antics or Mid Century Modern design we'll have a blog up soon at shootingfromthehip.org, I'll post when it goes live.
This was a very hard decision for me, but since making it things have been working out great. We are about a week out from moving into our new place and I have a great new job. So I have jammed the reset button on the funding for a full thru as moving into and furnishing a new place is expensive. The silver lining here is that my new company pays pretty well, has good benefits, and a really great sabbatical program. So once I have the money saved up again I can go.
So, read my lips (or digital lips anyways), this is still an AT prep blog...it's just not a journal of a thru attempt...yet. I will be out on Trail in the next few years.
With the heavy stuff behind us I have not been existing in the hiking-less bubble since deciding not to attempt the AT this year. I made a short, ill fated attempt at End-to-Ending the Wapack Trail in Southern NH with a friend. We thought that there would be no ice...so we didn't bring spikeys...there was ice, and it snowed. We ended up bailing out but it was a good lesson in preparedness. I may attempt the trail again when it's warmer.
I am still playing Roller Derby and I am having a great time with it, I would really recommend it to anyone looking to play an organized sport after college (or hell even after High School). Coming up soon I have 2 major hiking events planned in attempt to hold myself over for the year since I cancelled on the AT.
The first is the infamous Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains, this will make a great follow up to my Pemi Loop before my last deployment and the other one is an End-to-End of the Belknap Range Trail in NH. Not quite the AT, but it will do for the time being as I build back up to getting to Springer. I plan for the blog to be more active from here on out...hopefully people will still be interested in reading despite the fact the AT is still a little ways out for me.