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August 25, 2019


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

appalachian thru-hike adversity mental muscle

Preparing for adversity on the Appalachian Trail and a cool trick to help you finish

It may happen as you’re going through your gear list a month before your thru-hike, or it may happen as you’re eating breakfast at the Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls, but it will happen.  At some point before you begin thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, you will have that moment when you think holy crap, I’m

Choosing the best foods for an AT thru-hike

Weighing in Part 1: What’s the best food for an Appalachian Trail Thru-hike?

The short answer: whatever you can find in the few stores and outfitters along the trail once the first 3-5 days of food you start out with runs out. In all seriousness, however, there is still always bound to be some variety, as well as chances to hitch a ride at a crossroad to a

rack of shirts at thrift store

Thrift store gear hunting and a history lesson in dri-tech

  I finally made it to one of the local thrift stores to see what cheap gear might be found, expecting that clothing was the most likely to be found in this particular shop, a goodwill store.  Secondhand stores, vintage shops, and even the occasional “true” antique store — those offering items more than 100

Can an AT thru-hiker gear up at a thrift store? Winter rain offers opportunity to find out.

As the days count down and I likely have less than three months before I’m heading up the Amicalola Falls approach trail to Mount Springer, I was hoping to get in a hike every morning (I prefer morning hikes.  Not only is this when I have the most energy, but even when hiking somewhat crowded