Introduction note: Over ten years ago on March 22nd, 1997 I began a 200-day adventure to completely thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I began at the southern terminus on Springer Mountain in Georgia and finished on October 7th atop Mount Katahdin in Maine. This being the 10th anniversary year of my thru-hike, I was feeling quite nostalgic and decided to post my trail log and photos on this website. Getting the log online was made considerably easier by my wife's efforts years ago to publish my log. The photos however, were a different story. Digital cameras were in their infancy ten years ago which meant all my photos were taken on 35mm film. I scanned all of these photos for inclusion here, but the quality suffered from this process. I apologize for the contrast issues in some photos and the general dullness of color, but they still make a valuable addition to reading this trail journal. I hope you enjoy my account. Feel free to contact me with any questions about this endeavor. You can find answers to all of your general questions at the ATC (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Joe Lustik (aka Bigfoot) December 1st, 2007