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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Brief glimpse of the Rim
Brief glimpse of the Rim
Cog Railway Train
Cog Railway Train
Cairns mark the Trail
Cairns mark the Trail
A View!
A View!
Approaching Mt. Madison
Approaching Mt. Madison
Ascending Mt. Madison
Ascending Mt. Madison
Summiting Mt. Madison
Summiting Mt. Madison
Looking toward Mt Washington
Looking toward Mt Washington
ENE from Mt. Madison
ENE from Mt. Madison
Snack break and taking in the vista
Snack break and taking in the vista
Hey, that's a Rainbow!
Hey, that's a Rainbow!
Gale winds hit
Gale winds hit
It's not a cloud, that's HAIL
It's not a cloud, that's HAIL
Heading to Wildcat Mt.
Heading to Wildcat Mt.
Between Mts.
Between Mts.
Stealth camp, Moriah
Stealth camp, Moriah
Moriah dinner
Moriah dinner
Long descent to Gorham, NH
Long descent to Gorham, NH
Welcome to Gorham, NH
Welcome to Gorham, NH
The Barn in Gorham
The Barn in Gorham
Snapping Turtle N. of Gorham
Snapping Turtle N. of Gorham
Moriah from N. of Cascade Mtn.
Moriah from N. of Cascade Mtn.
Dream Pond
Dream Pond
Washington and Madison
Washington and Madison
Moriah, Wildcat
Moriah, Wildcat
Pinkham Notch
Pinkham Notch
Bad DNA and the Prezzies
Bad DNA and the Prezzies
Bogwalk off of Mt. Success
Bogwalk off of Mt. Success
Last of New Hampshire
Last of New Hampshire
Yeti, Permagrin and BadDNA
Yeti, Permagrin and BadDNA
Yeti, Permagrin and Pieps
Yeti, Permagrin and Pieps
New Hampshire climbing gym
New Hampshire climbing gym
BadDNA thru hiking New Hampshire
BadDNA thru hiking New Hampshire
Maine mileage sign
Maine mileage sign
AT Map, ME
AT Map, ME
Maine State Line, Sept 14
Maine State Line, Sept 14
DNA in Maine
DNA in Maine
Carlo Col Shelter
Carlo Col Shelter
The mountains of Maine, looking toward NH
The mountains of Maine, looking toward NH
Descending to the Notch
Descending to the Notch
Entering Mahoosic Notch
Entering Mahoosic Notch
Bouldering through Mahoosic Notch
Bouldering through Mahoosic Notch
Pack First
Pack First
More Notch
More Notch
Almost through
Almost through
Back to the rock pile
Back to the rock pile
Last of the Notch
Last of the Notch
Yeti and his prized poster
Yeti and his prized poster
Change of weather going up the Arm
Change of weather going up the Arm
Pieps atop Mahoosic Arm
Pieps atop Mahoosic Arm
The Notch from Mahoosic Arm
The Notch from Mahoosic Arm
Speck Pond
Speck Pond
Rain, mist, occasional glimpses
Rain, mist, occasional glimpses
Maine mud, Sept 17
Maine mud, Sept 17
Bemis Mtn effegy
Bemis Mtn effegy
Out of Bemis, Sept 19
Out of Bemis, Sept 19
Waterfall (Bemis Stream?)
Waterfall (Bemis Stream?)
Maine Terrain
Maine Terrain
Maine Autumn
Maine Autumn
Maine hills
Maine hills
Maine hills to Rangeley
Maine hills to Rangeley
Heading toward Rangeley
Heading toward Rangeley
Bemis to Rangeley
Bemis to Rangeley
Rangeley approach
Rangeley approach
Cow moose on trail
Cow moose on trail
Laundry in Rangley
Laundry in Rangley
Rangley, Maine, Sept 21
Rangley, Maine, Sept 21
Piazza Shelter
Piazza Shelter
Saddleback Mountain
Saddleback Mountain
Saddleback ski area
Saddleback ski area
Horn, Saddleback Jr
Horn, Saddleback Jr
Looking North
Looking North
Fall Colors
Fall Colors
Fall Colors, Sept 22
Fall Colors, Sept 22
Approaching Spaulding
Approaching Spaulding
Nature's neon walkway
Nature's neon walkway
Caution: Moose Crossing
Caution: Moose Crossing
Weather building
Weather building
Weather arrives, Sept 23
Weather arrives, Sept 23
West Peak (Bigalow), Sept 24
West Peak (Bigalow), Sept 24
Bigalow Mountain
Bigalow Mountain
Not a partridge, not a pear tree
Not a partridge, not a pear tree
Flagstaff Lake
Flagstaff Lake
Flagstaff
Flagstaff
West Carry Pond
West Carry Pond
West Carry Pond
West Carry Pond
East Carry Pond
East Carry Pond
Pierce Pond from L-2
Pierce Pond from L-2
Pierce Pond L-2
Pierce Pond L-2
Stream to Kennebec
Stream to Kennebec