So far I have hiked about 83 unique miles of the AT in Pennsylvania. Some of those miles I have hiked a few times over again, but that is my score for now, that goes towards my AT 2000 Miler goal.
With my new job at the AT Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA I plan on hiking the rest of PA when I am up there and have the time. I hope to do most of it doing day hikes and overnighters. I also have set a goal to stay at (or near) every AT shelter in PA during the next year or so. There are 24 shelters in PA and I have stayed at (or near) four of them, so I have 20 to go.
Most of my planning for these hikes will be inspired by Seeks It, an amazing hiker who did a double thru hike in 2012 going both NOBO and SOBO, all by day hikes. He never spent one night in the woods, but he visited every shelter. Quite a feat that shows me a lot of information which makes it possible.
My new job will have me near the trail frequently and a little driving here and there should make this possible.
PA has about 230 miles of AT trial so I have 147 miles to go. Easy Peasy I say...
Hopefully LoGear will be able to be with me for a lot of these miles.
I'm always happy to hike with other people, so if this sounds like something you would like to do, let me know and we will see if we can coordinate some joint ventures.
Next week, I hope to add a few miles to my total and bag another shelter when I plan on heading up east of Duncannon on Rt 225, hike to Peters Mountain Shelter for the night, then come back to the truck, switch to a daypack and hike down to Duncannon and then back. That will add about 11 miles to my total of AT unique miles, but will be a total of almost 20 miles of one day hiking.
See you on the trail.