Spring is a special time on the Appalachian Trail. Every year, 2000+ people show up at Springer Mountain (the official start of the A.T. in Georgia) to head north. In 1994, I was one of those people – and ever since I pause for a moment to think about the next group to head North.


This year, I had a friend making the annual pilgrimage and drove across town to meet Scott “Zip” Willits on 3/16/12. We met up at his sister’s house in metro-Atlanta, and it was a beautiful spring day – the kind that makes you want to skip work. We had some beers, worked on reducing his pack weight, then talked of the adventures to come. The Mojo was strong, so I met him five days later at Whitley Gap Shelter in North Georgia.

There is magic on the trail and it is hard to explain. If you are lucky enough to experience it, then you know what I am saying. Yet some things are more easily understood through photos and video … so I’ll let them do the talking. Best wishes 2012 thru-hikers!


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