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Tragedy and A Renewed Sense of Why

Tragedy and A Renewed Sense of Why

This loss has given me a new mission. A new purpose, if you will, to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Now I'm hiking for Raz.

Feb 5, 2021 : Wes Laudeman
The Three C’s of Pandemic Thru-Hiking

The Three C’s of Pandemic Thru-Hiking

Cancel, Continue or Change? Perhaps one of the most important factors when prepping for a thru-hike is flexibility in both body and mind. Add a global pandemic to the mix...

Jan 26, 2021 : J.D./ La Loon
Six Weeks Out – Thoughts And Musings

Six Weeks Out – Thoughts And Musings

It's hard to believe I leave for Georgia in six weeks.

Jan 15, 2021 : Wes Laudeman
Why I’m Hammock Camping On The Appalachian Trail

Why I’m Hammock Camping On The Appalachian Trail

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...

Jan 7, 2021 : Wes Laudeman
Gear – All the Small Things

Gear – All the Small Things

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.

Dec 29, 2020 : Wes Laudeman
The Unlikely Inspiration of Rachel Joyce: A Book Report

The Unlikely Inspiration of Rachel Joyce: A Book Report

“There was no hiding. The rain shot at Harold’s waterproof jacket and down his neck, and even up the elasticize rims of his sleeves. The drops hit like peppercorns. Late...

Dec 27, 2020 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
My First Backpacking Trip

My First Backpacking Trip

A story of my first backpacking trip and what I can take away from it for my thru hike.

Dec 25, 2020 : Wes Laudeman
Getting Honest About My Motives Helps Me With My Hiking

Getting Honest About My Motives Helps Me With My Hiking

Hawk by D McGarrity Getting honest about my motives helps me with hiking and peace of mind. And it can help you with yours, too. However, getting honest about my...

Dec 15, 2020 : Darlene M
Neels Gap to Fontana Dam: A Trip Report

Neels Gap to Fontana Dam: A Trip Report

A trip report from my recent shakedown hike on the Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to Fontana Dam.

Dec 12, 2020 : Wes Laudeman
Why I’m Hiking – A New and Different Sun

Why I’m Hiking – A New and Different Sun

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:

Nov 12, 2020 : Wes Laudeman