Our First Steps on the AT

Saturday we went on a little spontaneous trip North.  We went to go looking at all the cool things in Mountain Crossings, the one and only store that sits right on top of the Appalachian Trail.  Once we were there, I couldn’t resist walking just a little way up the trail.  We started at the white blaze that can be seen painted on the side of the store and walked north about fifty feet.  I know it’s not much but I was excited to get to see even this small section of the trail we hope to walk in its entirety someday. 

The store itself was just as exciting.  It was a really cool thing to get to actually see some of the Ultralight products in person and actually get to check them out with my own hands and eyes.  All I have to say is Mont Bell jackets look a lot more durable in person than they sound and ULA packs are huge!!  Yeah I did some Christmas dreaming… 😀

After we were done there, we drove over to Helen, Ga for dinner where we ran into a crowd.  Helen is modeled after a traditional German town, and while it is a little hokey, they get a huge crowd for Octoberfest.  The town was crowded but dinner was great!  All in all a fun mini getaway.


About Joslyn

My name is Joslyn and I primarily hike with my husband Richard. We live in Northern Arizona with our dog, Jäger and love camping and hiking. We are continuing our adventure in backpacking inn this our second year and as always, striving towards going Ultra Light.

Posted on 23/10/2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. In 2003, while thru-hiking the A.T., I and many other hikers bought our first crocs in Mountain Crossings. Hard to believe, but long before crocs became fashionalble, they were sold to hikers and outdoors people in such stores.

  2. I have been to Mountain Crossings twice now. My wife and I finished up there after starting at Amicalola back in 2009 and then I picked up there earlier this year. Great little place. If you haven’t already, you should check out the book “Just Passin Thru” by Winton Porter, the owner of the little store there. Just as the name suggest, it is about different hikers/people just passin thru his store. Great read.

    • That book is on my Christmas list for sure, as is a couple of other things I found! It was a really cool and inspiring place. Seeing all the cool pictures of everyone who had been there; it definielty pushed me to get back out there on my next trip. All I need now is time off work!

  3. MTX-ings is my favorite outfitter…the book is a hoot, especially if you know a few of the characters as I do.

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