Pete Bromen

My name is Pete and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Like many this journey marks a time of transition. I'm from Duluth, Minnesota where the outdoor life is not so much a choice but simply the natural order. After college I spent 28 years as an Air Force pilot, moved many times, and saw a lot of the world under good and not-so-good conditions. Along the way I married, raised two boys to adulthood, and mostly lived the life I had planned, Until the day the plan went terribly wrong. In 2011 cancer struck my wife and in the summer of 2017 she lost her battle after a long and brave fight. Devastated but determined to keep living I've returned to Duluth and am set to start the AT in March. With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald I believe there are second acts in American lives and this hike is the opening of mine. Thank you for visiting and I invite you to follow along with me.

Posts

The Hike Continues; A “Real World” Pause

The Hike Continues; A “Real World” Pause

I took three zeroes in Harpers Ferry to spend some time with my mom and aunt. They arrived from Minnesota by Amtrak, only 29 hours late, with an

Jun 13, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Reaching the AT Spiritual Halfway Point

Reaching the AT Spiritual Halfway Point

Daleville to Harpers Ferry May 6 to May 24, days 54 to 72 I’ve carried more baggage than my gear on this trek. Previously I detailed how I’ve

May 27, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Walking with Grief on the AT

Walking with Grief on the AT

Grief has been my constant trail companion. I’m taking a different approach with this post. Nearly a third of the way through I’m ready to address

May 5, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Perseverance, Community Overcome Trail Adversity

Perseverance, Community Overcome Trail Adversity

Hot Springs, N.C., to Damascus Va. April 8 to 19, days 26 to 37 Somehow it’s already day 37 of this journey and 12 days have passed since I’ve

Apr 20, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Bears, Mice, Bulldogs, and Magic. Only on the AT

Bears, Mice, Bulldogs, and Magic. Only on the AT

Standing Bear to Hot Springs April 4 to April 7, Days 22-25 We hiked a short 9.7 miles from Crosby Knob Shelter to Standing Bear Hostel, just north

Apr 12, 2018 : Pete Bromen
The Great Smoky Mountains Live Up to Their Name

The Great Smoky Mountains Live Up to Their Name

March 30 to April 4, days 17 to 22 The Smokies were fantastic! I arrived at Fontana Dam, the launching point for the 70-plus miles of trail

Apr 7, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Finding My Stride, and Trail Name, on the Appalachian Trail

Finding My Stride, and Trail Name, on the Appalachian Trail

Days 11-17: Dicks Creek Gap to Fontana Dam, AT miles 69.0 - 165.5 After four zeros and 2,200 miles of driving I was more than ready to resume my

Mar 31, 2018 : Pete Bromen
My First Days on (and off) the Appalachian Trail

My First Days on (and off) the Appalachian Trail

It couldn’t have started better.  Dixie and I departed Duluth via rental car and arrived in Kennesaw, Ga., the next day. My friend Patrick picked us

Mar 23, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Final Appalachian Trail Pre-Hike Planning

Final Appalachian Trail Pre-Hike Planning

Years of dreaming and planning are drawing to an exciting close.  This should be my last pre-hike post; soon I'll be hiking more and talking less. 

Mar 9, 2018 : Pete Bromen
A Last-Minute Change: My Hound Dog Joins Me

A Last-Minute Change: My Hound Dog Joins Me

I introduced myself in my first post so now  it's time to introduce my hiking partner: Dixie, the hound dog referred to in the title. Dixie

Mar 2, 2018 : Pete Bromen