Hi, I'm Paul. Some of my hobbies include bushcrafting, hiking, writing, and (when I have time) playing the banjo. I have loved the outdoors ever since I've been a child. Most of what I remember the clearest involves going on camping trips or nature walks with my father. These days, I go on long hikes almost every weekend. My general rule is, if I am not sleeping or working, I'm in the woods or at least outdoors. I have wanted to go on a sizable thru-hike ever since I saw the first Lord of the Rings movie in theaters, way back in 2001. The AT has been on my mind for a few years now and I finally decided to make 2021 the year I hike it, in entirety. I'll be updating you all of my comings and goings throughout the whole journey.
Sometimes these pushes are necessary and it is good to be back with my people.
The best way to get experience is to go out and do things!
You learn to carry everything you need on your back and that becomes enough. Happiness is really very simple.
On an undisclosed date which we will simply refer to as "the ever-looming soon", I will be taking my leave...
You don't have free-weights, barbells, all of that jazz. You just have you, your pack, and you need to get ready for the longest hike you've ever done.
I apologize for the title but ask yourself this: Would you have clicked on this article if I had called it “My Gear List” or something similarly sub-par?
So, I'm no Bobby Flay and you don't have to be either. I just like to make things easier on myself so I can focus on the big picture.
I am a huge believer in the school of thought that you have to understand something to better appreciate it. Sure, you could just bumble your way into the wilderness without a clue of what is at the soul of hiking and existing in nature, but why not get the full picture?
I've hiked the Grand Canyon, throughout Coronado National Forest, through the Amazon Rainforest, and many other places. So, why a thru-hike? What am I getting from hiking, every day, for months at a time that I can't get from a shorter hike?