2013 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Photos

During my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail I had two constant companions: my journal and my camera. I love taking pictures and trying to get the photographs to reflect the beauty and enchantment that I find on the trail and in the woods. All of the photos that I took with my good camera remained trapped on my camera until I got off of the trail in October and could finally download them onto a computer and look through them. As you might imagine, I took a lot of pictures in the five months that I was on the trail. Below is a sampling of some of my favorites.

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For the AT, I brought the Sony NEX-5N with the 18-55mm/ f3.5-5.6 OSS lens. It was a bit big by thru-hiking standards, but seemed to be the perfect compromise between the much heavier and much more expensive DSLRs and the standard point-and-shoots. I was a little concerned about how it well it would do when faced with the brutal treatment and conditions I knew I was bound to subject it to on the trail, but it held up impressively well. I had only two complaints about it on the trail, 1) I didn’t feel comfortable using it in the heavy rains that I experienced fairly often so those sections of the trail are not well documented with photos and 2) the 18-55 lens didn’t give me enough zoom to take good, high quality photos of the wildlife that I encountered along the trail.

9 thoughts on “2013 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Photos

  1. I’ve been following you on instagram and your photos are all so inspiring! Thank you also for sharing your gear lists and review. I’m planing on hiking a section of the AT during the month of may 2016 and I was wondering if you had a section to recommend for a 30 days hike?
    Thanks a lot!

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  2. I loved reading about your adventures, people you met (especially Shady) and beautiful pictures!!! I just ordered your book of 2013 class. Thank you for writing about and remembering my son Zach (Shady).
    Thank you,
    Rebecca Adamson


    • There’s a small patch of a pair of shades on my pack (between my AT patch and my “I support combat vets”, that I carry with me on every hike (including my PCT thru in 2014 and my CDT thru this year) in remembrance of Shady.


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