HIKER TRASH is a collage of long distance backpacking culture, offering a glimpse of an off-beat, diverse community through a collection of my original illustrations and photos as well as excerpts from hiker shelter logs collected from the archives of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
Trail shelters are located approximately every 20 miles along the Appalachian Trail. These are simple, utilitarian structures with three walls and a roof, built and maintained by regional trail clubs. Hikers congregate here and "check in" in the log books located in each shelter, which are primarily a captain's log of day to day on the trail.
Switchback stretch at William Brien Memorial Shelter, New York - July 6, 2015. [41°16'46.6"N 74°03'33.8"W] // Pen & ink drawing over an acrylic wash.
Taking a break at Roaring Fork Shelter, North Carolina - April 7, 2015. [35°48'18.0"N, 82°56'59.2"W] // Pen & ink drawing over an acrylic wash.
Switchback waits for me patiently on Knife's Edge, Maine.
Comrade keeps warm in a rhododendron jungle in Cold Spring Shelter, North Carolina - March 27, 2015. [35°13'51.9"N 83°33'35.9"W] // Pen & ink drawing over an acrylic wash.
Weekend campers watch Comrade & Switchback make lunch at the Spaulding Mountain Lean-To, Maine - September 3, 2015. [44°59'44.8"N 70°20'28.8"W] // Pen & ink drawing over an acrylic wash.
Comrade hikes through a cloud in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Blaze waits out the rain in William Penn Shelter, Pennsylvania - June 20, 2015. [40°29'44.1"N 76°24'50.7"W] // Pen & ink drawing over an acrylic wash.