I love mornings. Some of my favorite things occur during the early hours of the day, such as sunsets, peace and quiet, and that slight fog in between sleep and full wakefulness where most of my most inspiring ideas emerge. The whole day is still full of promise and there is the potential for anything to happen.
I have come to the conclusion that there is really only one way to prepare to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Fortunately, it involves only one step: Step 1: Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Done? Good, now you’re ready. In all seriousness… I have spent a great deal of time researching equipment, reading reference books and personal
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
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
As excited as I am to get on the Appalachian Trail, I’m not sure I could handle a January start like many brave thru-hikers have already begun this year. Hiking during the day tends to keep one warm pretty easily, but at night I like to be warm. One of my greatest pleasures of the
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
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
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