Unfiltered hiker trash of a wizened age. Enjoys life on the backroads and long walks to the doughnut shop. Fearless until a headlamp and moths are involved. A firm believer in giving back and protecting public lands from unenlightened Cretans whilst inspiring new generations of tree-hugging hominins to respect LNT principles. Full-time RVer occasionally somewhere around Buffalo, Wyoming. - Life isn’t a box of chocolates my friends, it’s beautiful colored chaos with a “Use By” date. Be fearless. Scare yourself.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then Murphy and his infernal laws are the father of well-laid hiking plans. This post is a continuation of my hike waaaay back in March. Life has since made a bit of a turn, so it has taken me a while to “get back to it”. Now, instead of the Pinhoti I will be hiking the Wonderland Trail in Washington. Good Times!
The Pinhoti Trail sits at the southernmost tip of the Appalachians and a great trail for an A.T. trial run. Starting in Alabama and terminating in Georgia just shy of the Appalachian Trail, it spans roughly 350 miles that look deceptively easy. It is not. I may have underestimated the Pinhoti when I started my thru-hike in March of 2021. I have since been set straight; this isn't a trail to take lightly.
We've all heard about ticks and Lyme disease, but did you know there are over 16 different diseases ticks in the U.S. carry? If you're the sort who spends long periods of time out in the woods, it's good to have a quick refresher on these little monsters, the diseases they carry, how to avoid them, and most importantly, how to properly remove them. Hint: it doesn't involve lube and fire.
There are long-distance trails on every continent except Antarctica, and not all long trails need to be over a thousand miles. In the U.S. alone, there are over 60 recognized trails between 100 - 900 miles. The number of them under 100 miles is even more plentiful. If you find your 1,000+ mile thru-hike put on hold, What alternative routes should you try?
Cancel, Continue or Change? Perhaps one of the most important factors when prepping for a thru-hike is flexibility in both body and mind. Add a global pandemic to the mix and suddenly three words become predominant forks in the road. So which path leads to success?
When a hike goes to plan, the sun is shining, birds are singing, and rainbows abound… then you wake up. Fact; Some hikes turn into massive dumpster fires. This was one such hike.
A clever Neanderthal is set to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2021. Here are her hopes, concerns, and enthusiastic solutions for anyone adventurous enough to go for it.