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The Appalachian Thru-Hiker

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September 20, 2019

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sunrise hike on beach

The tide rushes in: 18 days to AT thru-hike start

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

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

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

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

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