Brian Garner

Hi, my name is Slurpee! After graduating high school in 2021, I hiked the Long Trail and decided I would never do another thru-hike. Exactly seven months later, I started the Appalachian Trail and completed it in July 2022. When I’m not hiking, I make sure to stay active by partaking in other sports such as eating and sleeping.

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How To Hike the Pemi Loop: 30 Miles of Premier Hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

How To Hike the Pemi Loop: 30 Miles of Premier Hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

The Pemi Loop is one of the most infamous backpacking routes in the northeast. While Backpacker Magazine rates the loop as the second hardest

Apr 1, 2024 : Brian Garner
8 Essential Safety Tips for Thru-Hiking the AT

8 Essential Safety Tips for Thru-Hiking the AT

You just announced your Appalachian Trail thru-hike, and now your family, friends, and neighbor’s dog-walker are all bombarding you with

Jan 17, 2024 : Brian Garner
Don’t Fall For These 7 Backpacking Gear Myths

Don’t Fall For These 7 Backpacking Gear Myths

Backpackers love giving advice, but how can you tell fact from fiction? Here are 7 myths about backpacking gear to watch out for.

Oct 17, 2023 : Brian Garner
10 Essential Life Hacks for Backpacking and Thru-Hiking

10 Essential Life Hacks for Backpacking and Thru-Hiking

The essence of a backpacking trip is simple: put one foot in front of the other, and eventually, you will reach your destination. But when you dive

Apr 24, 2023 : Brian Garner
AT Resupply FAQs: Shopping Strategies, Nutrition Tips, and More

AT Resupply FAQs: Shopping Strategies, Nutrition Tips, and More

“So, are you going to have to hunt and forage your food?”Virtually every thru-hiker has been asked this question. For people unfamiliar with

Mar 14, 2023 : Brian Garner
15 Surprising Sections of the Appalachian Trail No One Tells You About

15 Surprising Sections of the Appalachian Trail No One Tells You About

You’ve heard of the dreaded Rocksylvania and the harrowing beauty of the Whites. The Smokies are widely known for their beautiful ecology and

Jan 13, 2023 : Brian Garner
Can a Short Thru-Hike Really Prepare You For a Long One?

Can a Short Thru-Hike Really Prepare You For a Long One?

In 2021, I thru-hiked the Long Trail (LT), intending to decide whether I would want to hike a longer trail like the AT someday. Like many people

Oct 13, 2022 : Brian Garner
Pooping on the Appalachian Trail: Important Statistics from My Thru-Hike

Pooping on the Appalachian Trail: Important Statistics from My Thru-Hike

I believe that the best way to share the story of a thru-hike is with poop. There’s lots of talk about white blazing or blue blazing, but I believe

Aug 2, 2022 : Brian Garner