Project»Spring Fever

 

This is a custom display of points in chronological order from when I went backpacking in Virginia on the Appalachian Trail during the early Spring of 2011. I had set out to solo hike a few hundred miles starting from where I left off years ago when I had hiked 400 miles of the southernmost portion of the trail. Spring Fever is a serious condition that plagues most long-distance hikers: a burning itch to escape into the mountains for the coming of Spring.

Trail Journaling is an already established genre. But because I built my own tool for posting microblog content such as these, I own and control all the data. Maybe that sounds obvious, but the series here exists primarily as an illustration of that fact. The micro-content was born in and lives in the same system as my project portfolio. A collection of points (called a line) can easily be promoted to the position of project, with no duplication and a minimum of recontextualization. Blurring the line between origination and documentation.

As usual the photos were taken with my Android phone in 1-megapixel (640x480) format. Using this portable phone device as a gps, topo map, radio, cd player, flashlight, and weather vane, I was also planning to post lots of stuff in real-time during the hike. Well I didn't post as much as I had wanted because of battery power and because Southern Virginia has very shitty cell coverage. That didn't upset me too much though as this was all something of a quasi vacation field research art trip in the mountains of America.


 this trail logging project is nearly a bust! no signals .. its just a man vs nature fight for survival
Kieffer Oak Tree 1Kieffer Oak Tree 2Kieffer Oak Tree 3Kieffer Oak Tree 4
 the "kieffer" oak tree .. 300 years old .. 18 feet around .. it made my day
 up on sugar run mountain good views .. almost to pearisburg .. rain coming but headed to a hiker hostile tonite .. home cooked meals type thing .. ok over and out
somewhere deep in the virginia highlands...
 somewhere deep in the virginia highlands...
MIND BLOWING SEMIOTICS LESSON
 MIND BLOWING SEMIOTICS LESSON
 made it 150 miles from damascus to pearisburg on the app trail .. got a cheap hotel for the night .. bought an lcd wristwatch that transforms into a robot for $1 at goodwill across the street
the pizza plus buffet as seen from my table
 the pizza plus buffet as seen from my table
Bland VA Hotel 1Bland VA Hotel 3Bland VA Hotel 4
 Bland, VA (hotel room and view)
 headed out for another section .. 90 miles to roanoke .. god willing
 halfway up the mountain. uckfay.
Chestnut Ridge 1Chestnut Ridge 2Chestnut Ridge 4Chestnut Ridge 3
 chestnut ridge shelter above burke's garden aka god's thumbprint
a pyromaniac named phantom from mobile alabama
 a pyromaniac named "phantom" from mobile alabama
What Goes Up Must Come Down
 What Goes Up Must Come Down
yes that is a super bowl XXV sticker on the underside of this rustic privy lid
 yes that is a super bowl XXV sticker on the underside of this rustic privy lid
 the hike is done .. reached daleville roanoke area .. 250 miles hiked on this trip .. 800 miles of the app trail complete only 1300 more to go
for anyone who attempted to follow this hike .. sorry there wasnt much sprint cell service along the way .. better luck next time
 for anyone who attempted to follow this hike .. sorry there wasnt much sprint cell service along the way .. better luck next time
 animals seen (and counted) .. 1 bear, 6 deers, 8 wild ponies, 1 fox and 1 skunk, 2 little mice, 4 wild turkies, 3 grouse, 10 trout, 1 snake, 2 skinks and 7 salamanders
 waiting for an amtrak train home .. feels more normal to wait outside in the cold near kudzu covered brush and songbird chatter than to wait inside the old station
 back in nyc ... ok am going to post some photos from my early spring trip on the appalachian trail