Flip-Flop

Gear That Made It, and My Reasons Why

Gear That Made It, and My Reasons Why

Everyone starts the same way: unknowing, feeling their way through the dark. And everyone's start and end photos are remarkably similar to other hikers'. In the beginning there are sleeping...

Feb 26, 2019 : Clara Hatcher
Resupply, Food, and Final Gear Changes

Resupply, Food, and Final Gear Changes

One month to go, and it's getting down to the little details. So far, the most common questions I get from people about my thru-hike pertain to food. Here's my...

Feb 25, 2019 : Phoebe Anderson
Flip-Flopping and the Great Bear Bag Debate

Flip-Flopping and the Great Bear Bag Debate

Y'all, I leave for Springer Mountain in less than two months. I can hardly wrap my head around it. But I'll pretend I'm prepared and address a few of the...

Jan 30, 2019 : Phoebe Anderson
A Different Kind of Gear List (My Dog’s)

A Different Kind of Gear List (My Dog’s)

A question I receive quit a bit and have tried to answer over time via Instagram is, “What’s in Winnie’s pack?” I always answer this question tongue in cheek because...

Jan 12, 2019 : Christopher Johnson
Trail Food 101: Part 1

Trail Food 101: Part 1

When preparing for our 2018 flip-flop thru-hike, the biggest worry my husband and I had wasn't what it would be like to live in the woods for six months or...

Jan 6, 2019 : AJ
To Shakedown or Not to Shakedown?

To Shakedown or Not to Shakedown?

That is the question. After a few thousand miles and numerous end-to-end thru hikes, you’d think the words “shakedown” wouldn’t be something I would use to describe an extended backpacking...

Dec 4, 2018 : Christopher Johnson
Post-Trail Thoughts after Our Flip-Flop

Post-Trail Thoughts after Our Flip-Flop

It has been 2.5 weeks since my husband and I touched the Southern Terminus sign at Springer Mountain. It hardly feels real. We started our flip-flop thru-hike on a rainy...

Nov 29, 2018 : AJ
Confessions of the Stay-at-Home Hiker

Confessions of the Stay-at-Home Hiker

(Guest blog appearance from my wife, Sue.) Yep, I’m the one at home. I’m the one who watched Mr Maps read The Trek on his phone while still lying in...

Nov 17, 2018 : Paul Monsen
Why I Am Doing a Flip-Flop Thru-Hike

Why I Am Doing a Flip-Flop Thru-Hike

What the heck is a flip-flop? No one who has learned that I’m thru-hiking the AT has been shocked; not in the least bit. In fact, most have wondered what...

Oct 20, 2018 : Christopher Johnson
What a Long, Strange Trek It’s Been (NY, NJ, and PA)

What a Long, Strange Trek It’s Been (NY, NJ, and PA)

Every day has been an adventure since I returned to the trail after my surgery. I’ve now hiked over 1,000 miles, and the trail continues to surprise me. New York...

Oct 14, 2018 : Paul Monsen