Hi! I’m Mike Page, but most of my friends call me Mike. I’m doing a Northbound (NOBO) trek of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this spring (early March 2019), and it will be my first long distance hike. If all goes well, and to plan (Ha Ha Ha!) on the A.T., I am planning on also doing more thru-hikes soon. I grew up in Kentucky and left shortly after High school for the Army. That career was cut short by a blast injury in Iraq, and after a ridiculous amount of recovery, I’m ready to challenge myself in new and exciting ways. I’ll be blogging about my gear (especially the mistakes I’m sure I’m making in my choices), my journey, and what I’m sure will be a LOT of “What doesn’t kill you” moments.
The most important lessons I’ve learned on the AT in my first 100 miles is that I was not as prepared for thru-hiking as I thought I was and I was
My last shakedown hike changed my mind on the importance of organization.
This is a comprehensive list of the kit I'll be carrying on the Appalachian Trail this spring. I've included almost everything in the chart with weights.
My plan - Go slow. Figure out what gear I am carrying but don't need and send it home. Enjoy every minute I'm on the trail!