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.
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
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
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
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
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