took the challenge with a friend two days ago. we never rested before hand so technically we were awake about 40 hours around time of completion. we got dropped off on a random road near pen mar park ,mason/dixon line around 2:30 am. had a very slow start as it was rocky and somewhat difficult to trek at a good pace even with headlamps. this took us (in my opinion) a sluggish 21 hours to finish mainly due to sleep depravity (16 hours moving time, 5hours downtime). i tried to pack about 11,500 calories for the hike. cant say i loved doing this, was more so for the challenge aspect, after a while my body felt as if it were on auto pilot. i highly recommend using a shoe/boot with a rock plate. also would have rather slept that evening and started fresh at 5am. dont recommend trying to drive afterwards either

This is an unofficial/official challenge for AT thru-hikers - to complete the entire length of the AT from the VA/WV border to the MD/PA border (~42 miles, depending on map) in 24 hours.

Due to the well-maintained and clearly marked trails, along with the fair amount of ridge walking, this challenge is tough but fair. The scree and rock gardens are the primary obstacles here, as well as a couple of wicked descents that can be tough on knees and ankles.

This part of the trail is awesome for history as well, passing through several historic landmarks and battle sites, as well as several monuments that are almost literally on trail.

Going north to south, Harper's Ferry is a great ending location, with easy walking along the Potomac on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.

We left at 5 am and got to the VA border at 10:15 pm on the money. Tough but so fun!!

Troop 37 went on this hike and we had a great time the hike was great walk and a good over night

There is limited parking at the Trail Head in Penmar. We did not want to finish at route 30 so we pushed a little farther to Ridge Rd where there is also limited parking. I broke this trip down to 2 days so my boys (8 and 10) wouldn't get burnt out. We hiked most of the day, played in the woods, splashed in some creeks, and then stopped for the night at the Antietam Shelter. Creek is clean and clear and a good source to refill from. Had I known earlier we would have stayed the night at the Tumbling Run Shelter just a mile further North. Tumbling Run is much nicer and very well cared for. This area is so large that overnight backpackers will not bother the through hikers. The rest of the hike was a good push and we finished tired and happy!

Probably the most technical section of the AT through MD. Lots of rocks about a mile and a half out from Pen Mar.

Did this one sobo with scouts. Pretty steep switchbacks as we got closer to PenMar. Working bathrooms were very welcome at trail's end. GREAT view from park and very near mid-way point of Appalachian Trail.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

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Saturday, October 06, 2012