T-minus 10 Days!!

Reality is Setting In

As my start date rapidly approaches, I wanted to write one more update before I am off! I have two more weeks left of work which is mind-blowing. This winter season flew by and was easily the best 4 months I have ever had. My job is extremely supportive of me hiking the Appalachian Trail and is looking forward to me crossing over saddleback come August! My packing efforts have begun and I am wrapping up some loose ends. I will be sharing my gear list at the end of this post for those of you who are curious!


Heading to Georgia!

My train has been booked along with my campsite at Amicalola Falls State Park for the night before I start. My plan is to hike the approach trail which is an 8.8-mile hike to the top of Springer mountain. I have confidence in my planning and research and more importantly my mental preparation for the trail. I am very eager to get started and will try to keep friends and family updated as often as I can!

Gear List:

Hyperlite Windrider 3400
REI Passage 1 Tent
REI Trailbreak 30 degree sleeping bag
Therm-a-Rest Base Camp sleeping pad
MSR PocketRocket Stove
Sea to Summit collapsible kettle and cup
Vargo Titanium Long Spoon
Sawyer Squeeze (Smartwater bottle)
Altra Lone Peak Trail Runners
Frog Toggs Rain Suit
Smartwool Merino Wool 250 Base Layers
Cat T-Shirt
Melanzana Micro Grid Hoodie
Eddie Bauer Puffy
Eddie Bauer Shorts & Pants
Lululemon Wunder Under Leggings
3x Darn Tough socks
2x ExOfficio Underwear
Nike Sports Bra
Fleece Gloves
L.L. Bean Beanie

Assorted First Aid (Triple Anitbiotic, Bandaids, Toe Bandages, Leukotape, Trowel) 

Garmin InReach Mini 


While I am on the trail I am planning on starting a Facebook page to post pictures and more frequent updates on where I am on the trail. If you would like to join and follow along, please reach out! 

I would also like to give a shoutout to my parents who have been extremely supportive of my decision to hike this trail. Although their nerves may trump their excitement right now, I know they want me to do this more than anything. I love you, mom and dad! 

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