Purpose of this Blog

The seeds of this blog were planted when I decided I wanted to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.  It was going to be a place to share the hike, from the preparation stages through the actual hike.  As people have learned that I am going to take five months off of work to thru-hike the AT, they have almost always wanted to follow along and see what this is about and share the experience.  This confirmed my  thoughts of putting together a blog.

The more I thought about it, the seeds have germinated into something much larger.  I believe with my background I can offer up more than just the journey I am on.  I think in addition to those aspects, I can offer camping, backpacking and hiking tips, as well as knot tying, food and nutrition for backpacking, gear reviews and life tips.  In part this will truly be a place to walk with Seven.  Initially I set this up with the domain outdoorswithseven to encompass all of the aspects of being in the outdoors.  However, I think walkingwithseven (changed on day 2 of this blog) more totally covers the users of this site as you will be walking with me through my AT journey and this journey called life.  I hope this blog truly becomes what I envision it can.  As it develops, feel free to offer up suggestions on what you would like to see.


Name of this Blog and Trail Name

Name of the Blog:  Walking with Seven

The nickname of Seven was given to me by my wife, Leslie.  She and I first met in seventh grade and despite having never dated in middle or high school, some 30 years after finishing high school, on February 14, 2012 we were re-united and fell in love.  In relaying the story to her co-workers, Seven became my nickname for seventh grade.  She is the love of my life and without her I would not be able to accomplish anywhere near what I can with her by my side.  She makes my life complete and even though it seemed Seven should be my trail name, there already is a semi-famous individual with the trail name of Seven, so I decided to let the trail give me my name.

Trail Name: Samaritan

This was given to me by Croc, a 2,000 miler and accomplished hiker on day 4ish of my hike. We debated Good Samaritan or GS or something, but they all seemed too long or not descriptive or I don’t know. It ended up just being Samaritan. The genesis of the name involved my helping an elderly hiker on the morning of Day 3. He was suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and needed assistance. I dropped everything to assist, whereas others had gone on with their days…