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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NY sunset
NY sunset
New York evening
New York evening
Morgan Stewart and the YMCA Matollionequey Rangerettes
Morgan Stewart and the YMCA Matollionequey Rangerettes
The Appalachian Trail train station
The Appalachian Trail train station
Watertower S of Leather Hill Rd
Watertower S of Leather Hill Rd
Closing in on Connecticut
Closing in on Connecticut
NY CT Appalachian Trail state line
NY CT Appalachian Trail state line
Red Pine death in CT
Red Pine death in CT
The AT through a lost forest
The AT through a lost forest
Hiking the Connecticut River
Hiking the Connecticut River
Lunch at Pine Swamp lean-to
Lunch at Pine Swamp lean-to
Pine Swamp L-2, I think
Pine Swamp L-2, I think
Large tree along Trail
Large tree along Trail
Lime Rock raceway
Lime Rock raceway
A break in the weather
A break in the weather
Salisbury, CT, August 6
Salisbury, CT, August 6
Heading out of Salisbury
Heading out of Salisbury
Looking NE
Looking NE
Looking back toward Salisbury
Looking back toward Salisbury
Looking North into Massachusetts
Looking North into Massachusetts
Bear Mountain, CT
Bear Mountain, CT
AT Map, MA, VT, NH
AT Map, MA, VT, NH
Sages Ravine
Sages Ravine
Mt. Everett, MA  Aug 7
Mt. Everett, MA Aug 7
Heading to Great Barrington
Heading to Great Barrington
GopherMaine and I head toward Great B.
GopherMaine and I head toward Great B.
Tyringham bog walk
Tyringham bog walk
Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed
Upper Goose Pond Cabin, Aug 10
Upper Goose Pond Cabin, Aug 10
Finerty Pond
Finerty Pond
October Mtn Porcupine
October Mtn Porcupine
Helpful MA trail crossing sign
Helpful MA trail crossing sign
Welcome to Dalton, MA
Welcome to Dalton, MA
High St., Dalton MA
High St., Dalton MA
Power Lines, Aug 11
Power Lines, Aug 11
Sunset approaching Cheshire
Sunset approaching Cheshire
Cheshire MA P.O.
Cheshire MA P.O.
Leland Cheese memorial
Leland Cheese memorial
Heading out of town
Heading out of town
New Camera!
New Camera!
Clinton's Lilly flash test
Clinton's Lilly flash test
On the way to Graylock, Aug 13
On the way to Graylock, Aug 13
Bascom Lodge kitchen croo
Bascom Lodge kitchen croo
Segen backpack
Segen backpack
Sherbear, JettButt and me
Sherbear, JettButt and me
Weather outside Graylock
Weather outside Graylock
D.C. squeegie work
D.C. squeegie work
Big John cleaning up Bascom
Big John cleaning up Bascom
Mt. Graylock tower, Aug 14
Mt. Graylock tower, Aug 14
Climbing out of Mass
Climbing out of Mass
Big John and BadDNA at VT line
Big John and BadDNA at VT line
Vermud
Vermud
Vermont countryside
Vermont countryside
Vermont Pines, Aug 15
Vermont Pines, Aug 15
Powerlines
Powerlines
Little Pond
Little Pond
Is this Trillium setting seed?
Is this Trillium setting seed?
Magoo, me and Getoverit
Magoo, me and Getoverit
Vermont Wildlife
Vermont Wildlife
Beaver Dam
Beaver Dam
Stratton Mountain Sunset
Stratton Mountain Sunset
Stratton Mountain Warming Hut
Stratton Mountain Warming Hut
Feral Snowman and Tupelo at Manchester Center
Feral Snowman and Tupelo at Manchester Center
Vermonster, Manchester Center, VT
Vermonster, Manchester Center, VT
Manchester Center class portrait
Manchester Center class portrait
No Rain, No Pain, No Maine
No Rain, No Pain, No Maine
Zion Epis. Church hostel, Manchester Center VT
Zion Epis. Church hostel, Manchester Center VT
Magoo and D.C.
Magoo and D.C.
The next Trail?
The next Trail?
Getoverit and BadDNA lunch break
Getoverit and BadDNA lunch break
Vitamin I Gorp
Vitamin I Gorp
Vermud
Vermud
Peru Peak and on to Lost Pond Shelter
Peru Peak and on to Lost Pond Shelter
Vermont creek
Vermont creek
Jack in the Green trail magic
Jack in the Green trail magic
The Appalachian Trail, Vermont
The Appalachian Trail, Vermont
Minerva Hinchey Shelter
Minerva Hinchey Shelter
Mill River Bridge
Mill River Bridge
Clarendon Gorge
Clarendon Gorge
More Vermont Views
More Vermont Views
Indian Peacepipe
Indian Peacepipe
Atop Killington Peak
Atop Killington Peak
Inn at the Long Trail
Inn at the Long Trail
Long Trail Junction
Long Trail Junction
Kent Pond
Kent Pond
The Lookout
The Lookout
Evening atop the Lookout
Evening atop the Lookout
Sunrise over the distant NH mountains
Sunrise over the distant NH mountains
ESE of the Lookout, Aug 25
ESE of the Lookout, Aug 25
Waterfalls near Wintturi Shelter
Waterfalls near Wintturi Shelter