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Trey Wylie hiked the Appalachian Trail for NMSS

MacGyver

Trey Wylie

Trail: Appalachian Trail     Goal: 2190 Miles
Dates: Mar 16 2017 - Aug 12 2017
As you see, I don't have a trail name (yet)... I thought about hiking the AT 20 years ago but it wasn't the right time. Now that I have the time, we'll see how my body will hold up. I have my own reasons driving me but it would be nice ... more
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Fifty Percent Quit At This Point

Hot Springs - Mile 273 - Apr 8th, 2017

Most days I hike as hard and fast as I can to get from point A to point B. I take time for photos and stop to get water ... and when weather has permitted, I've even paused to enjoy a view. Today I hurried to get to point B and was making great time then I walked into a beautiful little area. The walk along the water, the waterfalls, the flora was incredibly peaceful. I spent longer on that half mile than I spent climbing the mountain to get there. Wish you could have been there...
Standing Bear Farm was a unique experience. You check in with your name. They give you an envelope. You write down your accommodations and the cost. They have a store with a plethora of items - prices displayed. Take whatever you want - just write down on your envelope what it was - the price - how many. When it's all said and done, you total everything up and then pay what you owe. No one watches. No one checks. There are no cameras. What there is ... TRUST! The belief in others. I can't say no one has ever taken advantage of the system but it seems to work which leads me to believe that people tend do the right thing. This doesn't surprise me though. Out here, people are different than they are in society. They are nice. They are friendly. They take care of each other. Before you say - that's how people are that I know, remember, these are ALL total strangers. If people in society treated each other with as much kindness, generosity and respect as strangers... strangers treat each other out here, the world would be a better place. I think it boils down to the fact that out here everyone is sharing the same struggle. We all recognize the difficulty we face daily. We share the suffering. Next time you see someone less fortunate, remember, there but for the Grace of God go I. A little kindness goes a long way.
Oh so COLD! Long hike in sleet/rain/snow mix. Started at 6AM - was pitch black for the first hour (except for my head lamp of course) and the lightly falling snow was pretty at the time. Then the winds picked up. Went across a true bald at 4700 feet - the snow went sideways- the wind was 40-45 mph and you had to walk sideways just so you wouldn't get blown over - definitely an experience/memory but not one I want to repeat. Been tucked in this shelter (Roaring Fork) for hours and the snow continues to fall. Tomorrow's hike will be interesting. Hopefully the weather will break some. Two days until Hot Springs!!! Have a group of people who are all looking to zero so it should be fun. Looking forward to a signal and finding out what's going on in your worlds 🙂.
I really thought I would have service today... no cigar. So there was around 3 inches of snow on the ground this morning and it was in the twenties - Yahoo! And then I climbed to the top of the mountain - there was 6 inches, the wind was howling and I had only thought I was cold before. Thankfully once you've reached the top you get to go down the other side. There is no snow here. It's cold and windy but I'm already in my sleeping bag staying warm. I here the weather is going to really improve in the next few days but I'm not worried about it. Why? Because I Nero tomorrow into Hot Springs and Zero the next day!!! Looking forward to clean clothes, a couple of showers, a beer - who's kidding who - beers and eating anything I want because there's no way I can consume as many calories as I burn daily. Also - I'll be able to watch the third AND final round of the tournament not to mention a few enjoyable phone calls. It's gonna be like a much needed vacation - whoo hoo! If the library is open I'll try to send a bunch of pictures. Sorry I haven't been able to post frequently but knowing you're all out there and staying interested means a lot so Thank You! Remember, Hot Springs is only mile 273 ... there are still 1917 miles to go. Probably why 50% will have dropped out by this point --- it's HARD!

MacGyver

Hot Springs - Mile 273 - Apr 8th, 2017

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Hey MacGyver, hope you made it to Rangeley already but if not, there's a great hiker hostel on Rte 4 called The Farmhouse. I stayed there last year on my way through and they have a B&B in the main house as well as a thru-hiker bunkhouse that I had a great evening with some NOBOs. Hang in there and hope your gear catches up with you before Monson! Hike on buddy!

Scott Redfern

Aug 001 2017 6:28PM

Can't wait to see how you liked the Whites and especially the Presi's when you get through later this week. Hope your weather is as good as it has been in southern New England. That is a special area of New England to me! I know you are going to make to Katahdin so I already made my full donation NMSS, but I guess this site won't let me register it until you actually complete your hike. Hike on!

Scott Redfern

Jul 21 2017 05:12AM

2 more states to go MacGyver, you can do it! It was great hiking with you this weekend and I'll be keeping an eye on your progress buddy. MtnRunner (Scott)

Scott Redfern

Jul 16 2017 7:51PM

WASSUPP? 🤣I enjoyed chatting with you yesterday! Whatcha need? Advil, bourbon, duct tape? You are doing great!

Brook Wilson

Jun 29 2017 06:30AM

Just a note to let you know I am still following you on your trek and enjoying your journals tremendously! I am glad you are generously sharing your journey adventures! Stay well and have a fabulous upcoming weekend!

Ellyson Spickard

Jun 28 2017 4:31PM

OK --- excuse me for interjecting, but I must say that each and every day brings a fresh beginning in every walk of life. New mercies every morning. Trey, I don't even know you - just met you once briefly, but the past is in the past, and it does not mold our futures. Forge ahead, my friend, forge ahead. Who knows what the day may bring? We all have regret, sorrows, trials and tribulations, but we also have abundant blessings and reassurance. Keep the faith, be courageous, and stand strong as your travel onward. I think I am hooked on following your path and reading your journals! Have a great weekend, and I hope you have pleasant weather!

Ellyson Spickard

Jun 009 2017 05:41AM

Hey Trey! Thanks for the shout out on May 13th! I am enjoying reading your journal entries! Have you considered a career in writing novels?? You should! Your Journal entries are fascinating, honest, and insightful! Hope all is well with you today....best wishes for the trail ahead!!!

Ellyson Spickard

Jun 002 2017 5:35PM

what wonderful children your daddy and I have.it makes me cry with joy and happiness love you all

chris wylie

May 15 2017 09:17AM

Enjoyed meeting you today in the Town of Fincastle! You never know what the day will bring and who you will meet. It was a pleasure chatting with you and your brother....best wishes for successful hiking days ahead!!

Ellyson Spickard

May 11 2017 7:20PM

great legs

chris wylie

May 008 2017 3:50PM

are you going backward 462 chestnut knob and 542 atkins made my reservation see you soon

chris wylie

Apr 30 2017 2:47PM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Un Known

Apr 25 2017 06:19AM

It was such a delight getting to meet you in Damascus! Your stories had me hooked and I can't wait to continue to follow you throughout your journey! Your experiences are so inspiring! Keep going and don't give up! 😊 Look forward to reading all about it and seeing some photos along the way! Try to stay dry!

Jessica Sidebottom

Apr 24 2017 09:58AM

I hope you did your 2016 taxes...today is the day to file. Be glad you're in the wild, not putting up with city life. Hope you're not on your back like a turtle, again. Enjoy your time and warmer weather is becoming more consistent as you approach May. Good luck, brother.

Billy Wilson

Apr 18 2017 08:39AM

Finally got registration thing to work. Stay safe.

William Wylie

Apr 15 2017 09:46AM

Hi Trey! We finally got into town and got battery chargers and cell service. It was such a blessing running into you and MO on the Mountain. We really enjoyed camping with y'all that one night. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your words of wisdom, encouragement, and prayers. We are making our way slowly but surely one mile at a time towards Maine :) In Franklin NC right now and hope to be at NOC any April 3rd! Hope to see you again soon. God Bless!!!

Un Known

Mar 29 2017 8:55PM

Hi Trey! We finally got into town and got battery chargers and cell service. It was such a blessing running into you and MO on the Mountain. We really enjoyed camping with y'all that one night. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your words of wisdom, encouragement, and prayers. We are making our way slowly but surely one mile at a time towards Maine :) In Franklin NC right now and hope to be at NOC any April 3rd! Hope to see you again soon. God Bless!!!

Taylor Miller-Meeks

Mar 29 2017 7:21PM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

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Mar 27 2017 06:04AM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Un Known

Mar 25 2017 4:56PM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Un Known

Mar 24 2017 07:12AM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Mandy Wylie

Mar 23 2017 4:08PM

got home safe and sound. sleep well tonight and wear green on Friday. happy st pats.
love momma

chris wylie

Mar 16 2017 1:43PM

Yes- I thought the same thing during Church!!! I don't believe it's a coincidence. I believe it's a blessing and a reassuring sign. When daddy had his brain surgery, he was sent to recover in room 316! His nurse's name happened to be Angel. Daddy and I spoke of such reassurance from God. It's not that I don't want you to go; rather we will miss you. However the worry and apprehension is lessened because of our faith! John 3:16

Brook Wilson

Mar 14 2017 6:14PM

Keep your pack light and your spirits high. Enjoy your trip and we'll see you in Maine.

Billy Wilson

Mar 008 2017 5:09PM

Thank you for doing this Trey! We will enjoy following your journey! 💗🙏

Brook Wilson

Mar 008 2017 3:48PM

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