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September 20, 2019

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Erie Canalway Trail junction

Getting serious: 18 miles of AT thru-hike preparation (without washing your pits with snowballs)

The arrival of the boots I plan on starting the AT thru-hike with, combined with some advice posted to one of my articles by a veteran hiker, turned my weekend plans into some serious thru-hiking prep.  I had recently lost the hiking boots I had been using for three years, and the lack of proper

Erie Canal Partially Frozen Over Near Lock 17 in Little Falls, NY

Footwear folly: An impromptu prep hike to Moss Island on the Erie Canalway

Since the moment I realized that this would be the year I would thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, that it must be the year, I have had zero doubts or second guesses.  The down side to this dead determination is that now comes the hard part: the waiting.  Finding myself in upstate New York at the moment