Bad DNA, AT Thruhiker 1994

BadDNA's Appalachian Trail thru hike as a photo essay. This is Paul Vail's 1994 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I hiked the A.T. as a northbounder, known by my trail name as Bad DNA. Yes, I was the guy with the Virginia License tag on the back of my pack, a nickname I had earned at Virginia Tech back in 1985. I started the thruhike at Springer Mountain, Georgia in April, and climbed Katahdin in October, '94. In the meantime, 'DNA had the good fortune to cross paths with dozens of other 94 thru hikers and other trail folk. Long distance thru hiking is not just in my blood, but my DNA. Dry socks and cool breezes, everyone.


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Appalachian Trough
Appalachian Trough
Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome
Acid Rain, Bark Borers or what?
Acid Rain, Bark Borers or what?
Tricorner Knob Shelter, April 26
Tricorner Knob Shelter, April 26
Pink Ladyslipper
Pink Ladyslipper
Itiniary
Itiniary
More Balds
More Balds
Bookworm
Bookworm
When it's not dry, it's wet
When it's not dry, it's wet
Hot Springs, May 1
Hot Springs, May 1
Trillium, the trail pup, May 2
Trillium, the trail pup, May 2
Seuss and Trillium
Seuss and Trillium
The view from Bald was...
The view from Bald was...
Looking down toward Erwin, TN
Looking down toward Erwin, TN
Another view of Erwin
Another view of Erwin
AT south of Erwin
AT south of Erwin
Azalea in bloom, May 5
Azalea in bloom, May 5
Nolichucky River wth Yeti and Fox
Nolichucky River wth Yeti and Fox
Off to Beauty Spot, May 6
Off to Beauty Spot, May 6
Grey day on Beauty Spot
Grey day on Beauty Spot
Out of Clyde Smith and up Roan
Out of Clyde Smith and up Roan
On Roan Mtn
On Roan Mtn
Dying evergreens
Dying evergreens
Rime ice at the top of Roan
Rime ice at the top of Roan
Remnents of a homestead
Remnents of a homestead
Rime ice in the beard
Rime ice in the beard
Carver's Gap
Carver's Gap
Leaving Carver's Gap
Leaving Carver's Gap
Grassy Ridge
Grassy Ridge
More rime ice
More rime ice
Grassy Ridge
Grassy Ridge
And then, it's sunny
And then, it's sunny
Trillium and Spring Beauties
Trillium and Spring Beauties
The valley into Overmountain Shelter
The valley into Overmountain Shelter
Looking south into NC
Looking south into NC
The Overmountain Barn
The Overmountain Barn
May 9
May 9
road crossing
road crossing
Cows on trail
Cows on trail
Moreland Gap, May 10
Moreland Gap, May 10
Firetower lookout, May 11
Firetower lookout, May 11
Hikers in TN firetower
Hikers in TN firetower
Lots of little Ups and Downs
Lots of little Ups and Downs
Azalea in bloom
Azalea in bloom
Old shed, May 11
Old shed, May 11
Trail stile
Trail stile
Pieps on the Trail
Pieps on the Trail
Bloomin' Rhod
Bloomin' Rhod
Stream crossing
Stream crossing
Laural Falls
Laural Falls
Upper Laural Creek Falls
Upper Laural Creek Falls
Watauga Lake, May 11
Watauga Lake, May 11
Nick Grindstaff Monument
Nick Grindstaff Monument
Sunset on the Damascus Highway
Sunset on the Damascus Highway
AT Map, Sw VA to NoVA
AT Map, Sw VA to NoVA
Entering Virginia, May 13
Entering Virginia, May 13
Entering Damascus
Entering Damascus
Trail Days Tent City
Trail Days Tent City
Twinkie Eating Contest
Twinkie Eating Contest
On your marks, get set,
On your marks, get set,
Breeze makes a bold move
Breeze makes a bold move
Jack's finishing up
Jack's finishing up
Quincy's by sunset
Quincy's by sunset
The Place, May 14
The Place, May 14
Trail Days town festival
Trail Days town festival
Start of the Trail Days parade
Start of the Trail Days parade
Shriners Clowns on parade
Shriners Clowns on parade
Attitude Adjustment
Attitude Adjustment
buzzcut
buzzcut
Blazed!
Blazed!
Dinner and a Show
Dinner and a Show
Appalachian Trail pickin' and grinnin'
Appalachian Trail pickin' and grinnin'
Trail Court in session
Trail Court in session
Blaze craze
Blaze craze
Foot check in The Place
Foot check in The Place
Sunday talent contest
Sunday talent contest
Creeper Trail bridge in Damascus
Creeper Trail bridge in Damascus
Creeper Trail, looking north
Creeper Trail, looking north
Saunders Shelter, May 16
Saunders Shelter, May 16
Virginia Creeper Trail
Virginia Creeper Trail
Off the Creeper
Off the Creeper
Buzzard Rock, May 17
Buzzard Rock, May 17
Buzzard above
Buzzard above
View SW from Buzzard's Rock
View SW from Buzzard's Rock
Further up Buzzard's Rock
Further up Buzzard's Rock
White Top, looking NE
White Top, looking NE
Va 600
Va 600
Trail up past Mt. Rogers junction
Trail up past Mt. Rogers junction
Thomas Knob privy
Thomas Knob privy
Thomas Knob Shelter
Thomas Knob Shelter