Awesome on the Appalachian Trail

Awesome on the Appalachian Trail


My friend Awesome

 Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill

Today a really special post, it’s the earliest part of thru-hiking season on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and one of my former hiking partners is hitting the trail. His trail name is Awesome and a more aptly taken trail name there has never been.  I met awesome in my 2015 thru-hike attempt on the AT.  There are a couple of stories about him in my book that is soon to be published.

I first met awesome one night coming into camp with my friend Backtrack.  Awesome came over and introduced himself.  He’s a happy guy with a wonderful southern drawl and an easy manner.  My friend mentioned some pain he was having and Awesome asked, “your cheese grater thighs?”  Backtrack and I were dumbfounded, we’d had a conversation using that exact term prior to coming into camp.  Sensing our confusion Awesome smiled and said, “Y’all ain’t the quietest people on the trail.”  We laughed hysterically.  It was a wonderful first meeting and few minutes later Awesome’s campmate Kingfisher would come over and say hi as well.  It was the first meeting of a group that would get nicknamed the AARP group on the trail.  Awesome has become more than a friend, more than trail family, he’s family to me.

Awesome, Backtrack, Rev Kan, and the Kingfisher

Awesome, Backtrack, Rev Kane, and Kingfisher

Awesome will be starting out on his thru-hike attempt this weekend and I wish him all of the luck in the world.  Luck is the only thing he’ll need, he’s a helluva hiker and good man, so with some luck and a little trail magic he should be climbing Mount Katahdin in Maine in a few months.


Geared up and ready to go

Please my friends, if you encounter him on the trail show him some kindness, buy him a drink or give him a ride some place.  I’ll keep you posted time to time on his progress, if you want to provide some trail magic for him feel free to contact me at and I’ll let you know when he’s in your neck of the woods.

I’m so happy for him right now, and so damn jealous.  I wish I was heading out with him and I hope to, later in his hike, catch up and spend a few days with him on the trail.  He’s about to have many happy days. ~ Rev Kane

Some of my previous Appalachian Trail Posts

AT Happiness: Trail Community

My Favorite Trail Photos of 2015


AT Happiness: Precious Moments

About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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  1. Pingback: Trail Family Meeting on the Appalachian Trail | The Ministry of Happiness

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