2016 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers May

So we have a few months under our belts of watching this year’s class of hikers share their journey.  Whose updates are you watching your subscription feed for in anticipation?  Why are they your top choices?  Let’s get some discussion going.  Comment below with your top 3 channels and let’s see who is drawing us in to their adventure.

Did I miss a channel?  Don’t be shy, leave me a comment so I can include it next time.

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Currently on the Trail

Ryan Johnson – Trail location: Bear Mountain.  He took a side trip to NYC and back home to walk in his graduation.  Started late February.

NEW Josh –  Trail location:  Port Clinton, PA.  Started mid March.

NEW Glenn and Virginia Mencer – Trail location:  Duncannon, PA.  Started mid April.  Flip Flop Hikers.

Alpenglow – Trail location: Harpers Ferry. Started mid March.

NEW Phollowing Phil –  Trail location:  Northern VA.  Started mid March.  He has some big decisions coming up regarding staying on the trail or pursuing other opportunities.

Jacob Downing – Trail location: Front Royal, VA. Started late February.  Hiking with Mitch Lenington.

Mitch Lenington – Trail location: Front Royal, VA. Started late February. Hiking with Jacob Downing.

Steven Lesage – Trail location: Crabtree Falls. Started early March.

Highlander58 – Trail location: Daleville, VA. Started early March.

Craig M – Trail location: Near Glasgow, VA. Started early March.  Is he going to Trail Days?  We will find out soon.

SamBunnell – Trail location: Hay Rock. Started mid March.

Josiah Gummeson – Trail location: Pearisburg, VA. Started late March.

David Smith – Trail location: Near Atkins, VA. Started mid March.

Robbie Watts – Trail location: Marion, VA. Started late February.  The Real Hiking Viking makes a cameo in his latest video.

Carl Graves – Trail location: Near Mount Rogers. Started mid February.

NEW  Yamaneko Hikes –   Made to VA.  Started early April.

Steve Walker – Trail location: Damascus, VA. Started early March.

Eric Lutz – Trail location: Damascus, VA. Started late February.

NEW Benjamin Moster – Trail location:  Damascus, VA.  Started early April.

Rooster AT Hike – Trail location: He has not posted in a month. Is he still on the trail?  Last known location was Damascus, VA. Started mid February.

NEW Follow Bigfoot – Trail location:  Just before Damascus, VA.  Started late April.

Hike & Tell – Trail location: Roan Mountain. Started early April.

Madelyn Ferguson – Trail location: Erwin, TN. Started mid March.  Madelyn had to leave the trail but her husband Joe “Dash” is still posting videos from his hike.

NEW Harper’s Tarry – Trail location:  Erwin, TN.  Started mid April.

Kala Jennings – Trail location: Just past Beauty Spot. Started early April.

Sean Alexander – Trail location: Past Hot Springs, NC. Started early April.

NEW gone 2b wild – Trail location:  Past Hot Springs, NC.  Started mid March.

NEW Simon and Sarah Hewitt – Trail location:  Hot Springs.  Started mid April.

Paul Wetzel – Trail location: He was having computer issues.  Last posted a month ago from Hot Springs, NC. Started late February.

Shutterbug ontheAT – Trail location: Standing Bear Hostel. Started late March.

NEW Alan Craig –   Trail location:  Standing Bear Hostel.  Started early April.

Michael Scibelli – Trail location: Last posted from the Smokies. Started mid March.

NEW  Smilin’ Don’s AT Thru-Hike 2016 – Trail location:  Max Patch.  Started late March.

NEW wolvraid37np – Trail location:  Near Laurel Falls.  Started late March.

NEW  Daniel Schooley – Trail location:  NOC.  Started late April.

NEW  Chris Berry – Trail location:  Winding Stair Gap.  Started late April.

NEW  Not From Around Here – Trail location:  Winding Stair Gap.  Started late April.

Walking North – Trail location: No posts in a month.  Last updated from Stecoah Gap. Started late February.  Is he still on the trail?

Leland Kolson – Trail location: Last posted a month ago from the GA\NC state line. Started early March.  Is he still on the trail?

ccvanoor4542 – Trail location: Last posted a month ago just before the GA/NC state line. Started early April.  Is he still on the trail?

Joey and Meg – Trail location: Last posted a month ago while taking a zero in Blairsville, GA.  Started mid March.


The Real Hiking Viking – Congratulations on finishing your SOBO winter hike!


Hikers that are no longer on the trail

Jeb 11BWanderer – Made it to Cheoah Bald.

Roy Kline – Made it to Plumorchard Gap Shelter.

New2theWild – Made it to Dicks Creek Gap.

Casey Cazeaux – Made it to the NOC.

Riley’s Retirement-Road – Made it into NC.

Cindy Jane – Made it to Tesnatee Gap.

Fred Beck – Made it to Erwin, TN.

John Dolores – Trail location: In Pearisburg, VA healing some blisters. Started mid February. After spending time at home recuperating he is headed back to VA to finish the trail.  A link to his recently updated blog is HERE

Special thank you to Loner2012AT for supplying the thumbnail image for the YouTube video. Check out his channel for an update from Trail Days 2016.

Happy trails until we meet again in June!

7 thoughts on “2016 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers May

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  1. June update coming out soon? haha I just want to see if the majority of the bubble has passed me 😉 (but in all honesty take your time — I appreciate all your time spent getting all this information in one place. I’ve had this blog bookmarked on my computer since March!)


  2. Two finds One, Shonryu, late May start. Got to Top of Georgia Hostel. Two, Janel Healy. Flip-flop, started circa May 7 in the Shenadoah NP. Made it to Duncannon, PA. Tons of personality. Easy to root for.


      1. Janel has all the personality of a Sharon McCray, and then some. I am not sure if she is the hiker Sharon is(was?).

        The ladies on the trails posting video who look to complete are Yamaneko and Virginia Mencer. As an old guy, I relate more the older woman. That said, Yamaneko’s hair cutting scene belongs in a video hall of fame.

        Forgot to mention it, according to her Face Book page, Kala Jennings is off trail with medical issues. Doesn’t not seem likely to return. Darn shame. She seemed to have gotten her trail legs in her last video she posted.


  3. The Colonel, Steve Walker has an interesting mix of old pilot, doting grandfather, mostly good video and a warm narrative. Ryan Johnson seems to going for the Gator of the Year. Craig M, and Highland59 know how to video and how to hike.

    I have not had time to sort out the new in May. hikers, and now that Debbie “Lil D” Beck is off trail, I wish I could find a captivating, think Sharon McCray, Crystal Weaver or Jessica “Dixie” Mills female hiker.


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