mental preparation

A Glimpse Into The Mind Of A Future Thru-Hiker (Part 2)

A Glimpse Into The Mind Of A Future Thru-Hiker (Part 2)

( I tried to keep my first post comical and lighthearted but things are different now. Reality is really starting to hit hard. I have 4 months until my desired departure...

Nov 25, 2016 : Vermont
My ‘why:’ I am hiking this trail & not quitting

My ‘why:’ I am hiking this trail & not quitting

As I sit here writing this post I have a strong cup of coffee on my coffee table, it is lightly snowing outside, a cat sleeping next to me, and my Thru-Hike...

Oct 27, 2016 : Alli Huggins
A Summary of Things: I quit my job.

A Summary of Things: I quit my job.

The Appalachian Trail idea sparked my interest while ago. At that time, a thru-hike seemed more beautiful than challenging; more ethereal than rugged. Henri was the one who brought it...

May 6, 2016 : Lauren Hafley
The Surprise in a Diet

The Surprise in a Diet

Wait, what? You went on a diet just before tackling the most physically grueling six months of your life? Aren’t’cha gonna lose weight on the trail? Don’t you need a...

Mar 16, 2016 : Notebook
Did You Sleep in the Woods Yet?

Did You Sleep in the Woods Yet?

The first time I stood on the Appalachian Trail was at Perkins observatory on New York's Bear Mountain, in 1983. My father took my brother and me camping, the three...

Nov 19, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The Pre-hike Limbo

The Pre-hike Limbo

Took twenty years to grow my teeth in cul-de-sacs of model molars coins spilling off the hills pushed by our losing feet open a pack of fresh candles melt them...

Mar 2, 2015 : David
The Pre-Trail Blues

The Pre-Trail Blues

What about the feels before the trail? We've all heard about post-trail blues. Before we even start the trail, we come to expect and accept that we may hit a little post-trail...

Feb 20, 2015 : Michelle Hand
Getting your rows in a duck! short list of pre-trail reminders

Getting your rows in a duck! short list of pre-trail reminders

Start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable Its crunch time! Saving money and working overtime might be your life at the moment, but in months or weeks (depending on when you...

Jan 2, 2015 : Wolfgang
Preparing Your Relationship for a Thru-Hike

Preparing Your Relationship for a Thru-Hike

Thru-hiking with your significant other? Get your relationship ready for the challenges of the trail. . . There you both are, sitting starry-eyed in the middle of a pile of...

Aug 13, 2014 : Jen Magnuson
Lists Galore!

Lists Galore!

In the book Allison, Michael, Master Cleanse. During the conversation he told me, “you seem to be the kind of person who likes to do unreasonably difficult things for no particular...

Jan 29, 2014 : Ellie B.