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SAMWISE IS HOME ! ! (Click for larger image)

Appalachian Trail, 2001

"Samwise" has completed her journey of discovery and determination. From early April 2001 through early October 2001 she was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, a wilderness foot path from Georgia to Maine. The trail winds through the Appalachian Mountains on land set aside by various owners, and managed by the non-profit Appalachian trail Conference.

Everything that she needed was carried in her back pack (stove, bed, clothing, shelter, food, water, drugstore, library, kitchen sink, etcetera.)

For six months she hiked about 10-20 miles per day, traversing 14 states, 3 seasons, and over 2100 miles. Her daily joys, pain, achievements and struggles are recorded here.


In 2003 Samwise continued to feed her new-found addiction to long distance backpacking by hiking the Colorado Trail (CT). You can follow her CT trip here:

In 2004 Samwise (and her webmaster Pippin) were afforded the opportunity to travel to west Africa and southern Africa. Journals and photographs from this trip are here:

In 2005 Samwise and Pippin chose to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Samwise also took the opportunity to visit Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa before returning home. Journals and photographs from this trip are here:

This website contains the periodic Updates on her Appalachian Trail hike progress, her daily Trail Journal and a Map with her location. Also; check the Updates page to see what has changed since your last visit. The Photo page has links to pictures from the trail.

Newspaper articles :
Read the article that was published in the Doon Press about Samwise's Thru-Hike.
Read the article that was published in the Mount Vernon Gazette about Samwise's Thru-Hike.
    (Note: These two articles above are essentially identical. The article below contains much more information and detail.)
Read the article that that was just published in the Potomac Appalachain Trail Club (PATC) Newsletter about Samwise's Thru-Hike!
A.T. Guestbook :
Follow the links below to sign her guestbook, to let her know that she has lots of fans following her hike through the Appalachian mountains. (The CT guestbook is on the CT website.)

Sign A.T. Guestbook | View A.T. Guestbook

Lastly, some of the common questions you may have can be answered here on this site.

  • How is she doing?
She's doing well! - - She is HOME.
You may also want to check out the "Updates" page for her status as she was traveling.
  • Where is she now?
Please see the "Map" page for the latest info.
Click Here for the 'MiniMap'.
  • How far is it? 
  • Where is it? 
  • Will she make it?
(Please see the 'FAQ' page.) 
  • What the heck is an 'F.A.Q.'?!
Frequently Asked Question.
Click here to view the 'FAQ' page for answers to these and other questions.

last updated March 2003, minor changes Feb 2006

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