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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My Mist-covered Mountains
My Mist-covered Mountains
Grayson Highlands
Grayson Highlands
Grayson Highlands ponies
Grayson Highlands ponies
A pony pony
A pony pony
Walking with Spring
Walking with Spring
Creek crossing, May 19
Creek crossing, May 19
Why I love SW Virginia
Why I love SW Virginia
Couples on trail
Couples on trail
Dairy Queen, Atkins, VA
Dairy Queen, Atkins, VA
They call me the Breeze
They call me the Breeze
Storm damage
Storm damage
Hugo leftovers, May 20
Hugo leftovers, May 20
SW Va, May 20
SW Va, May 20
Hiking up the Chestnut Knob
Hiking up the Chestnut Knob
Looking back toward the Highlands
Looking back toward the Highlands
Feed Me
Feed Me
Descent to Little Wolfs Creek
Descent to Little Wolfs Creek
Little Wolf Creek fire
Little Wolf Creek fire
After the Fire
After the Fire
Trail Magic from the local firefighters
Trail Magic from the local firefighters
Moonrise along Va 608
Moonrise along Va 608
He wasn't alone...
He wasn't alone...
CowWalker, May 24
CowWalker, May 24
Kimberling Creek
Kimberling Creek
Bridge over Kimberling Creek
Bridge over Kimberling Creek
Dismal Creek Falls Trail
Dismal Creek Falls Trail
Creek crossing on way to Woods Hole
Creek crossing on way to Woods Hole
Woods Hole, May 25
Woods Hole, May 25
Woods Hole
Woods Hole
Angels Rest above Pearisburg, VA
Angels Rest above Pearisburg, VA
McAfee Knob, May 30
McAfee Knob, May 30
View NW from McAfee
View NW from McAfee
McAfee Knob
McAfee Knob
McAfee, looking NW
McAfee, looking NW
SW from McAfee
SW from McAfee
Cades Cove, June 2
Cades Cove, June 2
Howard Johnsons foot spa
Howard Johnsons foot spa
Cloverdale HoJos
Cloverdale HoJos
Rhododendron near Fullhardt Knob Shelter
Rhododendron near Fullhardt Knob Shelter
Bad DNA & Sweet Magnolia
Bad DNA & Sweet Magnolia
Peaks of Otter Overlook, BRP
Peaks of Otter Overlook, BRP
View from the BRP
View from the BRP
Apple Orchard Mountain
Apple Orchard Mountain
The Guillotine
The Guillotine
The Guillotine from N
The Guillotine from N
Punchbowl Shelter
Punchbowl Shelter
Spiderwort after Thunderstorm
Spiderwort after Thunderstorm
Gypsy Moth Larva canopy damage
Gypsy Moth Larva canopy damage
Columbine, June 8
Columbine, June 8
Tye River Suspension Bridge
Tye River Suspension Bridge
A.T. Map, NoVA, WV, MD, PA
A.T. Map, NoVA, WV, MD, PA
Wrong Way, Please Turn Back
Wrong Way, Please Turn Back
Heading toward Doyles River Cabin - Southbound Deer
Heading toward Doyles River Cabin - Southbound Deer
Pinefield Hut, June 15
Pinefield Hut, June 15
Deer at Bearfence Mtn Hut
Deer at Bearfence Mtn Hut
Hazel Top, June 17
Hazel Top, June 17
Big Meadows Wayside
Big Meadows Wayside
Rock Spring Hut
Rock Spring Hut
Skyland for Breakfast, June 18
Skyland for Breakfast, June 18
Sweat
Sweat
Another 'view' in the SNP
Another 'view' in the SNP
Panorama, SNP
Panorama, SNP
Big John Lunching at Panorama
Big John Lunching at Panorama
Stiff Socks, June 18
Stiff Socks, June 18
Doe at Elkwallow
Doe at Elkwallow
Swallowtail on pack
Swallowtail on pack
A plague of bambies
A plague of bambies
Leaving the Shennies, June 19
Leaving the Shennies, June 19
Tom Floyd Wayside
Tom Floyd Wayside
Jim and Molly Denton Shelter
Jim and Molly Denton Shelter
Solar Shower
Solar Shower
June 22, N of Linden, VA
June 22, N of Linden, VA
Near Sky Meadows Park trail
Near Sky Meadows Park trail
Mt. Weather
Mt. Weather
Toonman, Bears Den
Toonman, Bears Den
Bears Den, June 24
Bears Den, June 24
Looking at Rt 7 from Bears Den
Looking at Rt 7 from Bears Den
Toonman, Smithsonian
Toonman, Smithsonian
DNA, Capital from the Mall
DNA, Capital from the Mall
Dad at the helm in Callao
Dad at the helm in Callao
Reggae Party on the Mall
Reggae Party on the Mall
Reggae Party on the Mall
Reggae Party on the Mall
Lincoln Memorial from the Mall
Lincoln Memorial from the Mall
White House, June 26
White House, June 26
Blackburn A.T. Center
Blackburn A.T. Center
Indiana Jean waters up at Blackburn
Indiana Jean waters up at Blackburn
The fifth state, WV
The fifth state, WV
Entering Harpers Ferry
Entering Harpers Ferry
Shenandoah River, Rt 340 Bridge
Shenandoah River, Rt 340 Bridge
A.T.C. Headquarters, Harpers Ferry, WV
A.T.C. Headquarters, Harpers Ferry, WV