We had a chance encounter with Patrice and Justin at the REI in Reading, MA where we discussed what exactly was the best shelter for them to take on their 2011 AT through-hike. As all through-hikers know, the trail does funny things to your mind and body. It gives you perspective, time to contemplate the things that are truly important in life.
Fast forward to May 2012, where we ran into both these guys at Trail Days in Damascus, VA.
Patrice and Justin are now running the Bears Den Trail Center Hostel in Bluemont, VA—giving back to the next generations of hikers who come across their cottage, just 3/4 miles off the AT. Next trail planned? The 3000 km Te Araroa (The Long Pathway), just completed in 2011. The bigger dream is operating their own hostel in Maine.