Monday, April 12, 2010

The Stink

Written by: Brandon "Monkey" Imp

First, a promised shout out to Troop 99 from North Carolina - hope you finished your 50 miler with flying colors!

We are now in Erwin, TN, somewhere around 350 miles into our hike. April 10th was our one-month anniversary and yesterday was Lightning's birthday, so we splurged on a Holiday Inn Express reservation in town. It is now 8:30 am the next morning, and I just finished round one of the glorious continental breakfast including bacon and orange juice. Yum!

Five of us shared the room last night: the three of us, Yianni, and Prophet. Our smell is pretty unbelievable. When you open the door, a thick wall of must, sweat, and dirt hits you in the face. We know we smell and we try to stay clean. Honestly, though, perpetual stink is a thru-hiker fact. After my 20 minute scrubbing in the shower, I still smelled. I do not know where it was coming from but it was there! I carried a stick of deodorent the first week, but dropped it as soon as I could. There is nothing strong enough to prevent what we deal with.

Laundry is always fun. I have one set of hiking clothes, one set of sleeping clothes, an extra pair of socks, a down jacket, and my rain pants and jacket. When it's laundry time, that means it's rain clothing time - no matter the heat or need to walk through town. At first, I did not mind. However, after one month of continual wear with little washing, even my plastic-y rain jacket is taking on an unpleasant funk. There is no escaping it.

Plus, I am one month in. I have four months left, and it will only get warmer. If you run into me, make sure to stand clear!


  1. It's been a couple weeks since I checked in on you guys, so I just caught up on everything I've missed. Sounds like you're having quite the adventure. This blog entry is probably my favorite so that's why I'm commenting here. I can't imagine the "stank" but I'm sure it's potent. Showers must feel like such a luxury.

    Congratulations on your one-month anniversary!

  2. You are too funny! Wouldn't you and Sunny (our 4-legged pal)make a great team in the woods...him with the smell from rolling in something dead or dying...and you from just living the good life! Keep it up! LUM

  3. Dear Bimpy,

    I love this photo of you. It is even more attractive than all the amazing ones from college. I love your writing, but it still boggles my mind to think about what you're doing. And I don't care if you stink, I would still play numbers with you.