Slack Packing…A Must Try Experience 

So first, my paraphrased definition: hiking without your 20, 30, 40 something pound pack!

When you get into the township of Fayetteville, PA, look into staying at the Trail for Hope Hostel. Your host, Junker is a thru hiker himself and has 25+ years of trail experience, not to mention great stories.  Junker will provide you with many options for Slack Packing.  You, with his expertise, will set up predetermined drop off and pick up points the the day. 

It was so liberating to hike without my gear!  My first 8.8 miles I completed in 2 hours and 45 minutes.  For an old timer like me that was pretty good.  For those of you coming from GA, you will be amazed how fast and how far you can go. 

So given the opportunity to slack pack, I highly encourage you to give it a try!


Andi is doing really well. She is currently in NH with my friend chillin. She is all healed form the cuts from her pack.  I hope to have her join me up in some of the New England states, even if it’s just for section hiking. 

I am in Boiling Springs, PA. I completed my first 20 mile day yesterday. Enjoyed the day, but this old body is paying for it today. I getting ready to head out for a short hiking day today as to not injure myself. 

Special Thanks:

Kitty and Mike at the Galinas Manor Victorian B&B for great Hospitality and an amazing breakfast!

Junker for all his wisdom, stories and the introduction to slack packing

The owners of the Waynesboro Days Inn for shuttling me around when I injured my ankle. 

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Comments 1

  • Katina : May 5th

    So happy to see you rocking it! Youre going to be leaving me in the dust! Mike shuttled me to the train station on Tuesday. Should be back in two weeks.


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