pack weight

Shedding the Weight: Gear Changes for My 2nd AT Attempt

Shedding the Weight: Gear Changes for My 2nd AT Attempt

This will be my second attempt at thru-hiking the AT while also trying to go a little lighter than before. I got injured last year, and carrying extra weight while...

Feb 28, 2017 : Stubbs
3 Obvious Truths Last Weekend’s Shakedown Drove Home

3 Obvious Truths Last Weekend’s Shakedown Drove Home

Pack weight matters. Food is important. Steep is long. For a variety of mostly weather-related reasons it has been a little while since I’ve hiked any actual distance, and it’s...

Feb 23, 2016 : Notebook
Music Vs. Nature: What We Want to Hear & Why

Music Vs. Nature: What We Want to Hear & Why

As a species, humans tend to be visual. A researcher in Emory University's Ophthalmology Department put the matter to me recently this way: “The eyeball is the part of the...

Sep 24, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The Heaviest Pack on the Appalachian Trail? A Tribute to Uhaul

The Heaviest Pack on the Appalachian Trail? A Tribute to Uhaul

So, who is Uhaul? Whenever I talk or write about pack weight, I can't help but think about Uhaul, a 2011 AT hiker. He was one of those hikers you...

Jul 30, 2015 : Joe Schmidt