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July 22, 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

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