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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Kennebec River
Kennebec River
Caratuck General Store, Overcast at 60F
Caratuck General Store, Overcast at 60F
Pleasant Pond Mt
Pleasant Pond Mt
Moxie Pond Crossing
Moxie Pond Crossing
Moxie Bald
Moxie Bald
Moxie Bald Mt L-2
Moxie Bald Mt L-2
Bald Mt. Pond Outlet
Bald Mt. Pond Outlet
Walking north of Bald Mtn, Sept 28
Walking north of Bald Mtn, Sept 28
Bear Print, North of Bald Mt
Bear Print, North of Bald Mt
Edging around a river.
Edging around a river.
Piscataquis Ford
Piscataquis Ford
After the Ford
After the Ford
Feet at Shaws, Sept 28
Feet at Shaws, Sept 28
Seuss and Mariner at Shaws
Seuss and Mariner at Shaws
100 Mile Wilderness
100 Mile Wilderness
Entering the Hundred Mile Wilderness
Entering the Hundred Mile Wilderness
Little Wilson Falls
Little Wilson Falls
Seuss and Mariner passing boots
Seuss and Mariner passing boots
Wilson Valley Lean-to
Wilson Valley Lean-to
Heading up to Barren Mountain
Heading up to Barren Mountain
In the Chairbacks
In the Chairbacks
View from Chairback
View from Chairback
View from Chairback
View from Chairback
Looking N from Chairbacks
Looking N from Chairbacks
Pleasant River ford
Pleasant River ford
Just shy of lunch time
Just shy of lunch time
Gulf Hagas, Oct 1
Gulf Hagas, Oct 1
There be Katahdin, Oct 2
There be Katahdin, Oct 2
Motivated!
Motivated!
Maine woods
Maine woods
Weather change
Weather change
White Cap Mtn
White Cap Mtn
White Cap Mountain
White Cap Mountain
Logan Brook L-2
Logan Brook L-2
Mud Pond (outlet), Oct 3
Mud Pond (outlet), Oct 3
Antlers Camp feed-a-thon
Antlers Camp feed-a-thon
Hiker Feed-a-thon
Hiker Feed-a-thon
Lower Jo-Mary Lake at sunset
Lower Jo-Mary Lake at sunset
Sunrise, Lower Jo-Mary Lake, Oct 4
Sunrise, Lower Jo-Mary Lake, Oct 4
Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to
Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to
Katahdin from the Rangers Office
Katahdin from the Rangers Office
Katahdin from Daicey Pond, Oct 6
Katahdin from Daicey Pond, Oct 6
Class IV notice - Trail Closed
Class IV notice - Trail Closed
Pieps and Permagrin, Trail Angels
Pieps and Permagrin, Trail Angels
Approach road to Katahdin
Approach road to Katahdin
Katahdin at sunset
Katahdin at sunset
Katahdin, October 7 morning
Katahdin, October 7 morning
Katahdin Stream Campground
Katahdin Stream Campground
Katahdin Stream Falls
Katahdin Stream Falls
Climbing up to treeline
Climbing up to treeline
Treeline on Katahdin
Treeline on Katahdin
The Bumbling Bees on ascent
The Bumbling Bees on ascent
Scrambling up the Katahdin Rocks above treeline
Scrambling up the Katahdin Rocks above treeline
Tablelands on the summit approach
Tablelands on the summit approach
Summited Baxter Peak at 11:11
Summited Baxter Peak at 11:11
Atop Katahdin
Atop Katahdin
Goatherders on Summit
Goatherders on Summit
Summit group photo
Summit group photo
Bad DNA on Katahdin Sandwich Board
Bad DNA on Katahdin Sandwich Board
Bad DNA and Katahdin
Bad DNA and Katahdin
Katahdin Rock Cairn
Katahdin Rock Cairn
Chimney Pond from Katahdin
Chimney Pond from Katahdin
Knife Edge along Katahdin
Knife Edge along Katahdin
Getoverit & Grin-n-Bearit, JettButt & Sherbear
Getoverit & Grin-n-Bearit, JettButt & Sherbear
Gathering Dawn
Gathering Dawn
ALDHA Gathering, '94
ALDHA Gathering, '94
Gathering, Hanover, NH
Gathering, Hanover, NH
Hitchhiking around New England
Hitchhiking around New England
Connecticut Covered Bridge
Connecticut Covered Bridge
Hiking out of Salisbury
Hiking out of Salisbury
Riga Lean-to
Riga Lean-to
Bear Mt in Autumn
Bear Mt in Autumn
Office Door post Hike
Office Door post Hike