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Second Thoughts and Pre-Hike Blues

Second Thoughts and Pre-Hike Blues

I had a plan.  And it was a solid one, too.  I would study for the GMAT while working, apply to PhD programs, quit my job in March to hike...

Feb 22, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
What I’ll Be Eating on the Trail

What I’ll Be Eating on the Trail

When I attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail this year, I've estimated that I will be burning between 4,600 and 6,300 calories per day while hiking. With this in mind,...

Feb 22, 2019 : Karl Halvorson
Frigid and Loafing in Sierra Vista

Frigid and Loafing in Sierra Vista

We were somewhere near the Mexican border when the snow started to settle on our tents. This is a pretty good imperial stout, he thinks, setting down the paper cup...

Feb 22, 2019 : swami bittergoat
Chaunce’s Cold Weather Clothing for the AT

Chaunce’s Cold Weather Clothing for the AT

My latest video gives you a rundown of how I plan to stay warm and fight off the cold weather in my early months on the AT. If you classify...

Feb 22, 2019 : Juliana Chauncey
Backpacker Radio Community Show #1: Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers

Backpacker Radio Community Show #1: Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers

Today's show is a special edition, an experiment, and a community-sourced show, all rolled into one giant tortilla, hiker trash style. A few months ago, I put a call out...

Feb 22, 2019 : Zach
Expecting Life to Never Be the Same

Expecting Life to Never Be the Same

Sunlight slips through the window, which is no larger than a couple square feet and rests within a painted cinder block wall; the same type of wall one would find...

Feb 22, 2019 : Thomas Diggs
Prepping by Mostly Just Thinking About Grizzly Bears

Prepping by Mostly Just Thinking About Grizzly Bears

In less than two months I will be hopping on a plane to Tucson, AZ. After I take a Greyhound to Lordsburg, then sit in a van for three hours...

Feb 22, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
What Hiking for a Cause Changes in your Preparations

What Hiking for a Cause Changes in your Preparations

Some free spirits embark on thru-hikes with very little preparation and somehow miraculously make it to the end in perfect health and happiness. For the rest of us, the months...

Feb 22, 2019 : Sonya
Changes in Technology on the Trail for Old Farts

Changes in Technology on the Trail for Old Farts

There’s no doubt that technological advances have changed life on the trail. Many people equate technology with electronics, but there’s much more to it than cell phones, music, and podcasts....

Feb 21, 2019 : Easily Forgotten
Fear and Stoke Haunt and Drive Me

Fear and Stoke Haunt and Drive Me

A few nights ago I awoke at 2 a.m. in a panic. Thoughts started racing through my head. Mice in shelters. Bears. Oh god, I haven’t practiced hanging my bear...

Feb 21, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird