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Nathan Larson

Appalachian Trail Through Hike

Welcome to Nathan’s Appalachian Trail Update Page.  We, at Lake-Sumter Dryer Vent Cleaning have sponsored Nathan’s great adventure to hike the Appalachian Trail.  He has been a critical asset to the founding of our company and over the past few years, many of our clients wanted to be able to follow his adventure, so we stepped up to the challenge.  As part of our sponsoring agreement, the content to his adventure will be posted here.  We will post updates, videos, stories, along with a running map that shows his progress on the Trail.

Nathan is an Eagle Scout through Troop 143 in Fruitland Park and a member of BSA Venturing Crew 56 that we charter.   He graduated from Leesburg High School this year, and is taking a year off before college to attain another summit in his pathway to success.  We support many causes,and we believe that this will help him be successful in college and will help him learn self reliance and build character.

This adventure started on June 17, when he flew to Bangor International Airport, Maine, and then took a bus to Medway where staff from the Appalachian Trail Hostel and Outfitters picked him up in a shuttle and take him to Millinocket.  He took a day oriemtation course on June 18th, and on the 19th, he headed up to Mt. Katahdin to begin his 2,190 mile walk to Georgia.

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Updates, Video Blogs, Photos, and Adventures

Goodbye Virginia!

Goodbye Virginia!

Solace’s video blog of his SouthBound Appalachian Trail Hike from September 24 – 28th as he finally crosses the Virginia Tenessee line.

Norovirus

Norovirus

NorovirusSolace takes a few days off the trail while recovering from the Norovirus, then he attends Grayson Highlands Music Festival, and then crosses the 500 mile marker, leaving about 1/4 of the trail ahead of him. Solace is Still in Virginia, hiking from September...

MCafee Knob

MCafee Knob

MCafee KnobWe are a little behind on the videos, but no worries, we have several that will be published in the next couple days. Solace is Still in Virginia, hiking from August 30 to September 10th. If you are enjoying the videos, leave a comment!  Tell him what you...

The Priest

The Priest

The PriestNathan is making his way through Virginia, aka the never ending state.  1/4 of the entire Appalation Trail is in Virginia.  This is the videos from August 13 through the 29th of 2023. If you are enjoying the videos, leave a comment!  Tell him what you liked,...

SOBO Reset

SOBO Reset

Nathan Gets his Trail Name!! He resets his adventure by skipping the 1,000 year floods and starting at Harpers Ferry, and starts heading south. He meets up with Dutchman, another hiker, and starts walking home. Along the way, he picks up the name Solice, after being Solace, making his dad’s Buddhist heart very warm….

Country Roads

Country Roads

Facing challenging conditions with rains, flash floods, and muddy trails, Nathan switches paths to continue his adventure.

Time to get Wet!

Time to get Wet!

As Nathan makes it into Connecticut, he is confronted with the 1,000 year flash floods caused by torrential downpours. Scouts has prepared him well as he uses his judgement to navigate safely through this very dangerous situation.

Independence Day!

Independence Day!

Nathan is back on the trail after taking a few zero days to let his ankle heal from rolling it earlier. He spends a day at a trail angels home to celebrate the 4th of July and then makes his way forward.

Ramen Mash

Ramen Mash

June 28-30, 2023 with a few NYC clips I forgot to add from the last video. Nathan is in NY trying to find his trail legs. He twisted his foot back in Maine and is struggling to keep moving while allowing it time to heal. He is going to hold up in his current location...

The Flip of the Flop

The Flip of the Flop

Nathan pulls out if Maine do to the excessive rain and flooding and flips to New York to do that section as a NOBO hiker. When he returns to Maine, he will hop back to New York to finish the trail as a SOBO to Georgia. This should solve the issues with impassable...

How to support a Through Hiker

We are not soliciting resources for Nathan to hike, but we have had several people ask how they can send him some ‘trail magic’ to show support along the way.  The best way is through messages of encouragement, which can be sent to him directly at nlsoboat@gmail.com (Nathan Larson SOuth BOund on the Appalachian Trail).

Nonetheless, if you are wanting to treat him to a dinner or a night in a hostel, the main ways to do this is to send care packages or money.  Care packages require advanced planning and lots of logistics, so we do not encourage this method.  It’s hard to prearrange drops because the small towns along the trail have locally owned hostiles and supply stores.

At the end of the day, the modern hiker uses VENMO on the trail (Nathaniel-Larson-18).

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You can now leave positive messages of encouragement for Nathan below.

5 Comments

  1. Larson Scott

    Nathan, we are so proud of you!!

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  2. Carol Gillentine

    We think about you every day. We watch your progress on the map. Is very exciting to see the blue arrow move! We hope the Canadian smoke doesn’t come your way.
    Just know we love you and are extremely proud that you are actually doing this adventure. Stay safe!

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  3. Marie

    Way to go Nathan!! What an incredible and brave experience for you. I appreciate the videos you are making and sharing with all of us! I’m happy to see that you are taking care of yourself and listening to your body when you need rest, safety first! I hope you had a great Holiday on the trail, making lifelong memories and meeting new and interesting people. Good luck! Stay safe! Have fun! Hydrate!!

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  4. Christine SmithName *

    You’re doing awesome!! I’m so envious of the courage you have to do this trail. Keep the pictures coming!

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  5. Megan Lemmer

    Awesome, Nathan! It is so much fun following your journey! You’ll have amazing stories to tell and memories to share.

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