Ted on the AT 2013

Track me from Georgia to Maine


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Back in Maine

Thanks to the help of many caring people, I’m back home in Maine. I’ve seen a doctor here who was shocked at the amount of frostbite. But he referred me to a plastic surgeon who said she thought everything would be OK. She said it would just be a long healing process once the swelling begins to go down and the blisters drain. She said the feeling should then begin to return.

Thank you again for all of your thoughts, prayers and concern. So many people have done so many things for me over the past 4 days — it’s a blessing!


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Hike is finished

After 22 days and 207 miles, my attempt at doing a thru-hike on the AT is finished. After hiking through deep snow, sleet, freezing rain and frigid temperatures for almost four consecutive days, I have serious frostbite on four fingers and the doctor at the hospital ER outside Gatlinburg told me I absolutely could not continue. He told me to get back home and see my doctor back in Maine to assess the damage, once the swelling goes down.

Thank you to everyone for their prayers, thoughts and support. I also hope everyone still on the trail is safe as the high elevation storms continue, particularly those with whom I hiked during the past three weeks: TK, Maggie, Frost, Mot, Gered, Ears and Camaro.


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March 5

Not sure what day of the hike this is….but Ted made it to Gatlinburg, TN and is staying for a few days to wait out the storm.  He said he hiked for days through snow, sometimes up to his knees.  A car picked him up on the road which was thankfully open again, and the man gave him a ride into town and helped him find a motel.


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Days 17-18

Update from Ted by phone, Friday, March 1.

The original plan was to stay at Fontana Dam village and then he would hike a mile into the shelter at Fontana Dam and relax.  The next shelter is an 11 mile hike up a 3,000 foot elevation gain to Molly’s Ridge.  TK & Maggie were also staying at the village, and they thought that was a good idea.  At about 1 p.m., (Thursday) they got a ride to the trail and it started snowing and they decided that they would try to get to Molly’s ridge.  Ted decided to try it also even though he knew he couldn’t keep up with them.  The weather was supposed to get progressively worse, and by the time he got to the shelter, it was 7:45 p.m. and he was using his headlamp and the owls were serenading him, and other things were rustling in the bushes in the night.  He doesn’t know what they were.  The other 4 in the shelter were sleeping, so he decided not to disturb them by cooking dinner and ate granola bars and Snickers for dinner.

He was first out in the morning (Friday) and left at 8:30 a.m.  There was another shelter 2.5 miles away, and he stopped and ate for breakfast the dinner he would have had Thursday night.

He then hiked a total of 6 miles to Spence Field Shelter.  A 59 year old man and a park ranger were in that shelter.  The shelter has a fireplace, and they found enough dry wood to make a fire.  The weather is very cold and is supposed to be frigid the next 2 nights down in the single digits.  He has enough food (bought some more at Fontana Dam village), but is a little concerned that his fuel might not last since it takes longer to boil water at the higher elevations.  His sleeping bag is not as big and puffy as some of the others.  If he feels he needs it, he’ll buy a warmer one at the next Outfitters he comes to.

He saw many animal tracks in the snow and he wishes that he knew what kind they were.  He was following a really big 3 toed track wondering what it was, when a huge turkey flew out of a bush in front of him!

He is only planning on doing 6 or 7 more miles today (Saturday).  The Smokies have shelters every 7 miles or so.  He doesn’t plan to try to get in touch again until Tuesday (unless there is a problem)