Flagstaff

I first heard the trail call my name shortly after graduating high school, and after just a few weekend hikes, I could no longer keep myself from a thru-hike. Between medical waivers and appeals for the Navy, being called in for 14 hour shifts at a gas station, and all the other stresses of the daily grind, a 2,600 mile hike sounds like a great break.

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A Final Farewell to Society

A Final Farewell to Society

As I post this, I am saying goodbye to my last shift at Wawa. I was originally only to work here for two months, but due to some unforseen circumstanc

Feb 15th : Flagstaff
Peparing to Hike on my Stomach

Peparing to Hike on my Stomach

  Just as an army marches on its stomach, your hike won't last very long without sufficient food. And possibly more important than

Feb 3rd : Flagstaff
T Minus 50 Days!

T Minus 50 Days!

With only One Month, Two Weeks, and Six Days left.... The Countdown is Officially on! And what better way (off trail) to start the new year than wit

Jan 1st : Flagstaff
New Hike, New Gear

New Hike, New Gear

In the past, my severe budget limited what gear I could afford. I used walmart trekking poles, wore a lot of cotton layers, and had heavy gear that wa

Dec 22nd : Flagstaff
Because…Why not?

Because…Why not?

  I'm sure the most repetitive question prospective thru-hikers get, is simply "Why?". "Why would you leave a promising career just

Dec 22nd : Flagstaff
Hello everyone, I’m Flagstaff

Hello everyone, I’m Flagstaff

Allow me to introduce myself. In the civilian world, I go by Bryan Hickman, but on the trail, I'm adopting the alias Flagstaff. After finishing my

Dec 22nd : Flagstaff