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Hiker Trash


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.

Appalachian Trail shelter log books


Appalachian Trail - William Brien Shelter - New York

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.



Appalachian Trail shelter log books


Appalachian Trail - Roaring Fork Shelter - North Carolina

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.



Appalachian Trail shelter log books
Appalachian Trail shelter log books


Appalachian Trail - Knife's Edge - Maine

Switchback waits for me patiently on Knife's Edge, Maine.




Appalachian Trail shelter log books
Appalachian Trail shelter log books
Appalachian Trail shelter log books


Appalachian Trail - Cold Spring Shelter - North Carolina

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.



Appalachian Trail - Spaulding Mountain Lean-To - Maine

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.



Appalachian Trail shelter log books
Appalachian Trail shelter log books


Appalachian Trail - White Mountains - New Hampshire

Comrade hikes through a cloud in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.




Appalachian Trail shelter log books
Appalachian Trail shelter log books
Appalachian Trail shelter log books


Appalachian Trail - William Penn Shelter - Pennsylvania

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.




Appalachian Trail shelter log books





Appalachian Trail art
Installation in my studio. (& Duck!)




Sarah Kaizar