Paul “Bowie” Madigosky

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.

Posts

PCT Gear List: What Has Changed?

PCT Gear List: What Has Changed?

New Tent, Same Type, A Better Water Filtering System, and A Bigger, Badder Daggum Knife. Bowie Out.

Nov 28, 2022 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
The AT: A True Journey of the Soul

The AT: A True Journey of the Soul

One of the wisest pieces of advice I can impart to you is this: make the jump. You will not be the same person at the end as you were at the beginning.

Nov 5, 2021 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
Catching Up: Roughly 800 Miles Left

Catching Up: Roughly 800 Miles Left

Sometimes these pushes are necessary and it is good to be back with my people.

Jul 24, 2021 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
3 Professional and 3 Personal Things I Plan to Do After Finishing the Trail

3 Professional and 3 Personal Things I Plan to Do After Finishing the Trail

The best way to get experience is to go out and do things!

Jul 20, 2021 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
5 Benefits of Thru-Hiking

5 Benefits of Thru-Hiking

You learn to carry everything you need on your back and that becomes enough. 
Happiness is really very simple.

Jun 8, 2021 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
Before Departure: 3 Things I Am Anxious About, 3 Things I Am Excited For

Before Departure: 3 Things I Am Anxious About, 3 Things I Am Excited For

On an undisclosed date which we will simply refer to as "the ever-looming soon", I will be taking my leave...

Feb 28, 2021 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
Preparing for the Trail: Exercises You Can Do to Be Better Suited for Your Thru-Hike

Preparing for the Trail: Exercises You Can Do to Be Better Suited for Your Thru-Hike

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.

Feb 1, 2021 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
On Packing: A Treatise on Human Gear Acquisition

On Packing: A Treatise on Human Gear Acquisition

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?

Dec 28, 2020 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
You Be the Chef: Dehydrating Food and Storing It for Your Thru-Hike

You Be the Chef: Dehydrating Food and Storing It for Your Thru-Hike

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.

Dec 2, 2020 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky
5 Books You Need to Read to Better Appreciate the Outdoors

5 Books You Need to Read to Better Appreciate the Outdoors

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?

Dec 1, 2020 : Paul “Bowie” Madigosky