My name is Wes. I write and I hike. I also do other stuff but I'm not as good at those things. I'm going to be a teacher once I'm done with this crazy 2,200 mile walk thing. I also like dogs but then again who doesn't? Check out my personal website at www.weswordbound.com
It's hard to believe I leave for Georgia in six weeks.
This post details why I chose to go with a hammock over a tent and will address some of the drawbacks of my choice. If you're interested in using a hammock on your thru hike, or just want to get into hammock camping in general, this post may be helpful to you.
All these things are just as integral to getting me to Katahdin as my pack or my hammock. Each piece will have its part to play.
A story of my first backpacking trip and what I can take away from it for my thru hike.
A trip report from my recent shakedown hike on the Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to Fontana Dam.
Hike for Mental Health is a wonderful organization that I have partnered with because I believe in their mission and I trust their ethics.
So here it is, in all its scope and glory, my attempt to tell you, the world, and I guess really myself, why I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail: