David Smith

My name is David AKA Wazo. I'm a 2021 AT thru-hiker following a flip flop itinerary from Roan Mountain, TN starting in early March. I live in Phoenix with my husband and our pet snail, Junior Ranger. I like to backpack, hike, road bike, and get up every morning to watch the sun come up from our perch 22 floors above Central Phoenix. I volunteer for a homeless program and, most recently, giving COVID injections at a mass immunization site. Thanks for checking my blog out.

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Complications in Planning a 2021 Thru-Hike – COVID and Now the AT or the PCT Question

Complications in Planning a 2021 Thru-Hike – COVID and Now the AT or the PCT Question

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I had dropped plans for 2020 thru-hikes of the AT and AZT due to COVID and then extensive fire damage to the AZT

Jan 11, 2021 : David Smith
We All Have Demons, Get Ready to Face Them or Your Pre-Hike Reading List

We All Have Demons, Get Ready to Face Them or Your Pre-Hike Reading List

Why Are You Hiking the AT? - the question we can't fully answer. The most common question that is asked of anyone before they leave for a thru-hike

Jan 8, 2021 : David Smith
My January 4th Resolution – Minus 10 Pounds Before I Leave for the AT

My January 4th Resolution – Minus 10 Pounds Before I Leave for the AT

I am an admitted gram weenie but not the most extreme type of ultralight backpacker.   These examples can give you some idea of where I fit into the

Jan 4, 2021 : David Smith
Bears Up Close and Personal – This is Not a Theoretical Discussion

Bears Up Close and Personal – This is Not a Theoretical Discussion

There are few topics that get people as worked up about on AT Facebook and other discussion boards as the topic of bears.  Honestly, discussions of

Jan 3, 2021 : David Smith
AT Thru-Hike 2.0

AT Thru-Hike 2.0

As They Say, This is Not My First Rodeo In 2016, I made a thru-hike attempt.  It was the traditional NOBO from Springer.  I started on February

Jan 2, 2021 : David Smith
Happy 2021 – Year of My AT Flip Flop

Happy 2021 – Year of My AT Flip Flop

How I Got Here and a Quick 'Get Lost' to 2020 To tell how I ended up here on New Year's Day,  about 2 months from starting my AT thru-hike, I have

Jan 1, 2021 : David Smith