Roy

Hiker, Historian, and Writer. Looking forward to my 2018 Flip Flop Hike of the Appalachian Trail!

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AT Thru-Hike Gear Video (and I Get Photobombed by My Cat)

AT Thru-Hike Gear Video (and I Get Photobombed by My Cat)

I thought it might be useful to prepare a gear video for my upcoming AT thru-hike. Things have changed a bit since my earlier gear post based on some

Apr 13, 2018 : Roy
Bears, Bugs, Blisters, and Boredom: Common Concerns

Bears, Bugs, Blisters, and Boredom: Common Concerns

The Appalachian Trail is a very safe place. It is certainly less dangerous than most cities and you are probably safer walking along the Appalachian

Apr 6, 2018 : Roy
Hiking and History in Prince William Forest, Virginia (an AT Prep Hike and Vlogging Experiment)

Hiking and History in Prince William Forest, Virginia (an AT Prep Hike and Vlogging Experiment)

For the past several months I have been having a fierce debate with myself as to whether I should vlog my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. To help me

Mar 31, 2018 : Roy
A Shakedown Hike and Gear Review

A Shakedown Hike and Gear Review

As preparation for my upcoming thru-hike, I did a series of five shakedown hikes last fall ranging in length from two to five days. These proved to

Mar 28, 2018 : Roy
Some Reflections on Hiking, Then and Now

Some Reflections on Hiking, Then and Now

It has been more than 30 years since my introduction to the world of long-distance hiking. My first wide-eyed adventures on the Appalachian Trail as

Mar 19, 2018 : Roy
Why Hike, Why Now? Answering the Big Questions

Why Hike, Why Now? Answering the Big Questions

In mid-April I will be setting out on my flip flop thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. When I tell people of my plans it usually prompts a series of

Jan 26, 2018 : Roy