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June 18, 2019

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High bridge in woods

Yes, your family and friends are worried about your AT thru-hike: Help them become less worried

Coming from a family that is so supportive and encouraging in virtually any endeavor, within reason, it is easy to forget that family members can sometimes be concerned when one of the younger generation decides to go off on a crazy adventure, such as my upcoming thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  I have watched cousins

heavy pack weight

Forget half of what you read about pack weight (and put away the credit cards)

Before December of last year, there were really only two things I knew about the Appalachian Trail: It was incredibly long, and I wanted to hike the entire trail someday. Once I decided that I would thru-hike the AT this year, of course, I began extensive research immediately. Unlike Bill Bryson, my research didn’t begin looking into