Joshua Johnson

A Florida resident, Josh has backpacked in Florida and Alabama prior to committing to the Appalachian Trail. As a graphic designer and former competitive gamer (Major League Gaming), the outdoor trails are a reprieve from all things digital and a sanctuary to recharge creative energy. Rather than make this just a personal experience, his desire is to make each step across the countryside benefit a worthy cause touching the lives of other people in a positive way. To that end, Josh founded the #HikeWithHeart movement while preparing to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian trail in 2017, backpacking the first 80+ miles ever walked to support Hearts of Many Colors, a community mission in Haiti.

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Glasses on the Trail: How to Make it Work

Glasses on the Trail: How to Make it Work

Many people wear some form of corrective lenses and if you're gonna hike 2,000+ miles ,or perhaps even a small portion of a local scenic trail,

Jun 15, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day Seven: Crossing the border

Day Seven: Crossing the border

Packed up in the morning and grabbed the shuttle from the Hostel back to the trail at Dicks Creek Gap. The Hostel said 100% chance of rain tomorrow

Jun 8, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day Six: Ups, Downs and Crazy Quail

Day Six: Ups, Downs and Crazy Quail

When I woke up and went to put my socks on, I got a surprise. My socks haven't been drying inside my tent so I've been leaving them out of the tent

Jun 7, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day Five: 13 Miles to Macaroni

Day Five: 13 Miles to Macaroni

Breakfast today was a Clif bar again but I took time to make coffee - YUM! There was also an abundance of water between Low Gap and Unicoi Gap so I

Jun 6, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day Four: “Rick”, Ravens Cliffs and Hiking partners

Day Four: “Rick”, Ravens Cliffs and Hiking partners

The shower and nights sleep in the Hostel was refreshing! I think it was a little easier to face the soreness and strenuous hiking, today. The

Jun 5, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day three: A most pure trail magic

Day three: A most pure trail magic

Although it rained again last night it wasn't raining when I got up: happy camper. The worst of the damage was the mud that caked onto my tent

Jun 2, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day Two: Creek to Creek

Day Two: Creek to Creek

A Full breakfast at camp hasn't been setting well so today I just settled on a Clif Bar and set out. A couple miles ahead I crossed Justus creek and

Jun 1, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Day One: Rain and Rattlesnakes

Day One: Rain and Rattlesnakes

I spent the night on Springer Mountain and while driving up there I managed to see a ton of wildlife: a ground hog, a hawk (chillin' 10ft from me at

May 30, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Efficient and Capable: My Gear List

Efficient and Capable: My Gear List

My backpacking gear list for this hike was all about efficient upgrades and ditching worthless weight. If you’ve been scouting the internet for gear

May 26, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
Food planning for the A.T.

Food planning for the A.T.

Don't sweat the small stuff, they say. I doubt "they" have made a long-term backpacking food list. We'll chat about gear another time, but we all

May 25, 2017 : Joshua Johnson