Jim McNelis

Greetings fellow hikers! In brief, my name is Jim, I'm 39, and I am originally from Manassas, Virginia. I moved to San Francisco in my early 30s and now live in Truckee, California, which is just north of Lake Tahoe. I consider myself experienced at hiking and camping, but not an expert. I'll be attempting my thru hike with an ultralight setup, and in that category, I am a beginner. Join me as I figure out the nuances of thru hiking with as little as possible along this 2190.3 mile walk.

Posts

The Swiss Army Knife of Modern Thru Hikers: A Mobile Phone

The Swiss Army Knife of Modern Thru Hikers: A Mobile Phone

I tried to write this post on the computer in the lobby of the Super 8 in Erwin, TN, but fate would not allow it. There I was typing away on a real

Apr 6, 2017 : Jim McNelis
My Transformation Into A Hiking Machine

My Transformation Into A Hiking Machine

Everyone out here will have a different experience with their own transformation. Mine is likely not typical; my body has always had the uncanny

Mar 24, 2017 : Jim McNelis
Cold Snap in NC: Customer Service Can Make or Break a Business

Cold Snap in NC: Customer Service Can Make or Break a Business

I guess the disclaimer here is that I wouldn't be writing this post if mother nature had just kept delivering warm nights for the remainder of this

Mar 14, 2017 : Jim McNelis
Hello from Neel Gap

Hello from Neel Gap

This is my first update from the trail. I am writing this post from my mobile; please excuse any typographical or formatting

Mar 9, 2017 : Jim McNelis
Thru Hiking With Heavy Things That Weigh Nothing

Thru Hiking With Heavy Things That Weigh Nothing

I would like to suggest listening to my gear, I don't get to trade the heavy ones out for a lighter version. I'm sure this is the case for many of

Mar 3, 2017 : Jim McNelis
Going Ultralight: The Struggle is Real (Gear video included)

Going Ultralight: The Struggle is Real (Gear video included)

Yesterday, I discussed the John Zahorian, have completed multiple thru hikes with less than 6 pounds base weight!  Further, in a Tear Drop, John says

Feb 26, 2017 : Jim McNelis
Evolution of My Gear – Aiming for Ultralight

Evolution of My Gear – Aiming for Ultralight

In my REI Ridgeline 65L.  If it is any lighter than my previous pack, it isn't by much.  But my gear did get a little lighter.  I was hammock camping

Feb 25, 2017 : Jim McNelis
My Thru Hike Plan: Go With The Flow

My Thru Hike Plan: Go With The Flow

In my G Suite.  It was called Google Apps back then, and it was free, so it was very easy to set my customers up at a very low cost.  As I did this

Feb 23, 2017 : Jim McNelis
A Little Less Than 2 Weeks Ago, I Decided to Thru Hike the AT

A Little Less Than 2 Weeks Ago, I Decided to Thru Hike the AT

 It started with a thought "If I wanted to hike the AT this year, I could probably get everything together and leave in a few weeks." Followed by,

Feb 22, 2017 : Jim McNelis