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3 Steps to Jumpstart Thru-Hike Planning

3 Steps to Jumpstart Thru-Hike Planning

Deciding to hike the Appalachian Trail is quite an undertaking. For those interested in thru-hike planning, there's some basic logistics that have to be considered. Based on Leave No Trace,...

Apr 26, 2017 : Danielle
SOBO Hike Planning with a Dog (what the @*#% am I doing?)

SOBO Hike Planning with a Dog (what the @*#% am I doing?)

Hiking the trail has been a slow migrating thought process for a bit now. The dream lives in all of us, until we can finally exclaim"I'm hiking the AT!" Then...

Apr 16, 2017 : Katie Doane
Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Feeling ALL the feelings! In eleven days I'll finally be on the trail.  ELEVEN DAYS! I'm feeling all the feelings.  ALL the feelings--excitement, apprehension, dread, butterflies, joy.  It's all

Apr 16, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Walking the Walk: Understanding What it Takes

Walking the Walk: Understanding What it Takes

Hey friends! So we know that we are long overdue for a post and have been going back and forth on what our next post should be. Being 427 miles...

Apr 9, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
The Barefoot Hiker Begins His AT Thru-Hike

The Barefoot Hiker Begins His AT Thru-Hike

Hi, folks. It's the Barefoot Hiker. I wanted to update folks on the craziness of this last week. I am finally on the trail.     Getting Started On March...

Apr 5, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Friday Five:  Five Eureka Moments from My AT Prep

Friday Five: Five Eureka Moments from My AT Prep

In a nod to Lightheart Gear for this suggestion and more in LighterPack.com.  An app for calculating your pack weight.  Someone shared this in the P-Style.  Google it. 5.  Hiking...

Mar 10, 2017 : Deane Giordano
A Privileged Walk

A Privileged Walk

Hola friends y Familia, For those who don’t know me, my name is Maricruz Mosqueda. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico but grew up in Colorado. The proud daughter of...

Mar 10, 2017 : Maricruz Mosqueda
Umbrella on a Thru-Hike–Luxury, Necessity or Just Cray-Cray?

Umbrella on a Thru-Hike–Luxury, Necessity or Just Cray-Cray?

I'm talking myself into this! On a recent training hike, I pondered the idea of carrying an umbrella.  I’m not an umbrella person (I think they're kind of dorky), but...

Mar 8, 2017 : Deane Giordano
SO MOM, GUESS WHAT I WANT TO DO AFTER COLLEGE?

SO MOM, GUESS WHAT I WANT TO DO AFTER COLLEGE?

Those intriguing words strung together in an unassuming nonchalant conversation belied an answer I would not have dreamed of. After all, four years of college tuition to prepare a young...

Mar 2, 2017 : Kate Stillwell
Making Peace with the Damn Bear Bag–the Gift of Solo Hiking

Making Peace with the Damn Bear Bag–the Gift of Solo Hiking

Erring towards the woo Full disclosure, I’m from Asheville. I’m a 53 year old woman. I’ve got essential oils and Wild and White Blazing, created by Carla  “Zipper” Robertson who is a...

Mar 1, 2017 : Deane Giordano