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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Stile between VT 12 and S. Pomfret
Stile between VT 12 and S. Pomfret
Happy Hill Cabin
Happy Hill Cabin
Dartmouth, NH, August 27
Dartmouth, NH, August 27
Hanover, NH
Hanover, NH
Downtown Hanover, NH
Downtown Hanover, NH
DreamCatcher with the Magoo hat
DreamCatcher with the Magoo hat
AT Trail Turn, Hanover, NH
AT Trail Turn, Hanover, NH
Maple syrup lines
Maple syrup lines
View NE from Moose Mt.
View NE from Moose Mt.
South Fork Hewes Brook
South Fork Hewes Brook
Trapper John Shelter for Breakfast
Trapper John Shelter for Breakfast
Mile marker 412
Mile marker 412
Whites from Smart Mt Firetower
Whites from Smart Mt Firetower
Whites from Smart Mt Firetower
Whites from Smart Mt Firetower
South Jacobs Brook Bridge
South Jacobs Brook Bridge
Hexacuba Shelter, Aug 31
Hexacuba Shelter, Aug 31
Mt. Cube
Mt. Cube
Atwell Hill Turnpike
Atwell Hill Turnpike
Moosalauki
Moosalauki
Rogers Place, a bit of Glencliff heaven
Rogers Place, a bit of Glencliff heaven
Sam Adams Pub, Glenwood style
Sam Adams Pub, Glenwood style
Sam Adams Pub, AT Wall
Sam Adams Pub, AT Wall
Sam Adams Pub, AT wall
Sam Adams Pub, AT wall
The rain moved off, Sept 1
The rain moved off, Sept 1
Stream S of Moosilauke
Stream S of Moosilauke
Pasture S of Moosilauke
Pasture S of Moosilauke
Moo! -silauke
Moo! -silauke
The Mountain cows of Moosilauke
The Mountain cows of Moosilauke
Cloud mist on web
Cloud mist on web
Approaching crest of Moosilauke
Approaching crest of Moosilauke
Summiting Moosilauke
Summiting Moosilauke
Three Southbounders atop Moosilauke
Three Southbounders atop Moosilauke
Lunch atop Moosilauke
Lunch atop Moosilauke
Descending the N side Moosilauke
Descending the N side Moosilauke
Steps, N. side of Moosilauke
Steps, N. side of Moosilauke
N. face, Moosilauke
N. face, Moosilauke
Moosilauke caution sign
Moosilauke caution sign
view from descent of Moosilauke
view from descent of Moosilauke
Gordon Lake from Mt. Wolf
Gordon Lake from Mt. Wolf
Presidentials from Kinsmen Trail
Presidentials from Kinsmen Trail
DNA atop Kinsmen South
DNA atop Kinsmen South
Moosilauke from Kinsmen
Moosilauke from Kinsmen
Grouse atop Kinsmen
Grouse atop Kinsmen
Grouse, Kinsmen summit
Grouse, Kinsmen summit
Franconia Ridge
Franconia Ridge
Glider
Glider
Cascade Lodge, N. Woodstock NH
Cascade Lodge, N. Woodstock NH
Cascade Lodge, Sept 4
Cascade Lodge, Sept 4
Mt. Liberty and Flume
Mt. Liberty and Flume
Little Haystack
Little Haystack
Little Haystack
Little Haystack
Lincoln & Layfette
Lincoln & Layfette
Toward Galehead
Toward Galehead
Mt. Garfield
Mt. Garfield
Galehead
Galehead
Galehead Hut sign
Galehead Hut sign
Heading out of Galehead Hut, Sept 6
Heading out of Galehead Hut, Sept 6
South Twin Mtn.
South Twin Mtn.
Mt Guyot stream
Mt Guyot stream
Mistfall from Zealand Hut
Mistfall from Zealand Hut
Stream outside Zealand Hut
Stream outside Zealand Hut
Common area inside Zealand Hut
Common area inside Zealand Hut
Bunkroom, Zealand Hut
Bunkroom, Zealand Hut
Path uptrail from Zealand
Path uptrail from Zealand
My First Moose
My First Moose
Moose and me
Moose and me
Webster from 302 trailhead
Webster from 302 trailhead
Seco River bridge
Seco River bridge
2/3rds up Crawford Notch
2/3rds up Crawford Notch
Lafayette from Webster
Lafayette from Webster
Washington from Jackson
Washington from Jackson
Hiking to Mispah Hut
Hiking to Mispah Hut
Eisenhower from Pierce
Eisenhower from Pierce
Hiking to Eisenhower
Hiking to Eisenhower
Washington Summit in clouds
Washington Summit in clouds
Snow on Trail
Snow on Trail
Eisenhower
Eisenhower
Looking back
Looking back
First sighting of summit of Washington
First sighting of summit of Washington
Clouds move back in
Clouds move back in
Lake of the Clouds Hut
Lake of the Clouds Hut
Arrival at Lake of the Clouds Hut
Arrival at Lake of the Clouds Hut
Squirrel on Bunk maintenance
Squirrel on Bunk maintenance
Sunset from Lake of the Clouds
Sunset from Lake of the Clouds
Leaving Lake of the Clouds
Leaving Lake of the Clouds
The reason for the name
The reason for the name
A look back from half way up
A look back from half way up
Summit of Mt. Washington
Summit of Mt. Washington
Leaving Mt. Washington
Leaving Mt. Washington
Crossing the cog railway
Crossing the cog railway