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pinhoti links.

pinhoti fkt.

al etrail guide.

al snail trail


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section 3.

section 4.

section 5.

section 6.

section 7.

section 8.

section 9.

section 10.

section 11.

section 12.

section 13.

Michelle Markel

super classy adventures

- youtube

- instagram

- 2018 al/ga pinhoti thruhike video series

michelle's thru hike also provided the gps trail measurement for the pinhoti guthook app.

the pinhoti story --

mike leonard.

the pinhoti trail project: atc --

jay hudson at / pt.

pin-chin-sky loop.

john calhoun trail maint.

the real appalachian trail -- justin brymer.

turkey track
-- 2005.
-- 2006.
-- 2007.
-- 2008.
-- 2009.
-- 2010.
-- 2011.
-- 2012.
-- 2013.
-- 2014.
-- 2015.


dog notes.
dugger mtn wilderness.
trailheads / sections.
al dayhike guides.
landmark locator.
loop hike cave~odum~pin.
loop hike jones~pin.
loop hike pin~chin~sky.

~~~~~~~~~ trail.
trail bed.
trail blazes.
trail clubs.
trail crews.
trail description.

trail flowers - spring
-- blue.
-- orange.
-- pink.
-- purple.
-- red.
-- white.
-- yellow.
-- critters.
-- misc.

trail flowers - fall
-- blue.
-- orange.
-- pink.
-- purple.
-- red.
-- white.
-- yellow.
-- critters.
-- misc.

trail geology.
trail history.
trail lakes.
trail maps.
trail measurement-alabama.
trail re-supply.
trail safety.
trail seasons.
trail shelters.
trail shuttles - hostels.
trail signs.
trail stewardship.
trail summits.
trail towers.
trail towns - mail drops: ala.
trail users.
trail water sources.

this n that.
alabama ycc.
an appalachian trail.
as the crow flies.
at connector.
backpacker magazine.
black bear safety.
bluffton al.
building section 4.
bull - bulls gap.
cave spring, ga.
cellphone service.
dr, tom mcgehee.
edward abbey.
forever wild.
future section 14.
hancock trg.
hiking the pinhoti.
horn mountain tower.

horn mountain trail club
-- hmtc.
-- activities.
-- base camp.
-- tool safety.
-- trail crew.
-- trail maint.

leave no trace.
moon names.
outdoor alabama.
peace signs.
pinhoti trail project.
pinky burns.
prescribed burns: fs.
pta formation.
rainbow family.
rebecca mountain: 1.
rebecca mountain: 2.
ridges and highlands.
rock n roll.
section re-du.
shoal creek church.
sister ridge.
skyway lodge.
smokey bear.
snake bites.
soul of a hiker.
the ten bulls.
the ramen chronicles.

trail running.
tri training.
ultralight gearlist: 2021.
ultralight gearlist: 2008.
wildlife - eco restore.
zen running.


the pta's busiest month to date ~ feb 2016 ~ 40,168 web hits

current weather @ pinhoti trail mid-point ~ s14 - 7.3 ~ cave spring trailhead

soul of a hiker.
Atlanta, 1975

In my twisted little mind, I want it to rain just a little harder, the

wind to blow just a little harder. I don't just want to see it, I want to

hear it, feel it, taste it, smell it. What is it I'm looking for here? Wilderness?

If there really is such a thing, then my search begins and ends with my senses.

My first AT thru hike attempt. I was out paced by my hiking partner. Different 
styles; go and go slow. I was the latter. I hooked up with a retired school principal for a 
few weeks, John Collins, between 60 and 80 years old. He seemed a little pleased by my 
situation. He gave me my trail name, Solo. Old John wasn't much of a talker. He taught
me a little about learning with my eyes and ears. I bought a 63 Chevy panel truck in
Irwin, TN from a local lawyer for $350 and headed home. The last time I saw old John 
was at the YMCA. I guess I've expanded on his lesson some since then.

choices and adaptations.
Thich Nhat Hanh shows us that our five senses, plus practical thought (cold- get warm, 
hungry- eat), are the very foundations of our existence. Everything else is a distraction 
from the path. It's like the 'joy of a child' state we often refer to; a sensory state
with no distractions. Solo and childlike is the unencumbered way we came out of the 
womb. All of the choices and adaptations we've made since then are just distractions
that we've chosen to accept. We can release all distractions through the breath.

the search for wilderness.
It's just a metaphor really. The path with few distractions and lots and lots of sensory 
input. I want it to rain just a little harder, the wind to blow just a little harder. Isn't 
what I'm really saying is I want my senses to be on edge so I'll be reminded that I have 
senses, that I'm alive, that I was once a child?

Old John has probably passed now, but he left something good behind with a stranger;
See the rain fall...hear the wind blow...breathe in...breathe out...


^ climb up.

​​​​​pinhoti national recreation trail / pinhoti millennium legacy trail

a 337.1 mile southern region appalachian trail connector

In case of emergencies, dial 911.​ This is the only public service that will know your exact location

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visit the georgia pinhoti trail association for the georgia section trail guides and trail info