planning

Unencumbered: The Lure of a Life Without Limits

Unencumbered: The Lure of a Life Without Limits

Somewhere between the mountain of dirty laundry, scooping the stinky cat litter, and tackling yet another sink full of dirty dishes, it hit me: In less than three weeks, none...

Mar 13, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Everyone has their own way of doing things on a thru-hike, whether it is how they attach their umbrella to their pack, when they take a break for dinner, or...

Mar 7, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

It’s easy to think that getting the right gear is the key to a successful thru-hike. Building the ideal kit for your hiking style certainly does make your hike more...

Feb 6, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Important Jobs Skills Gained While Planning a Thru-Hike

Important Jobs Skills Gained While Planning a Thru-Hike

Planning a multi-month backpacking trip is no joke. If you’re about to embark on a thru-hike, you know how much work it actually takes. Not surprisingly, it also develops some...

Apr 11, 2017 : Annette 'The Rainbow'
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
Counting Calories Part I

Counting Calories Part I

Planning For Energy, Asking the Questions. As I prepare for the Superior Hiking Trail I find myself more anxious than ever thinking about my nutrition choices. A regular hiker can...

Aug 8, 2016 : Kmeg
Trail Grub

Trail Grub

Hiker hunger is legendary. After all, eating is one of the primary pleasures and legitimate needs of a person taking a 2,200-mile walk. As a rule, you can expect to...

Mar 11, 2016 : Notebook
“You’ll Find All Your Edges”

“You’ll Find All Your Edges”

It’s safe to say that people who embark on absurd undertakings are looking for a meaningful experience beyond the surface-level features of it. Of course you have to love the...

Mar 3, 2016 : Notebook
T-minus 100

T-minus 100

I am now less than 100 days away from putting my "normal" life on hold for six months. And by normal, I mean having more than one pair of skivvies...

Jan 9, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
6 Gear Mistakes to Avoid While Planning a Long Hike

6 Gear Mistakes to Avoid While Planning a Long Hike

Until you're there, you can only fantasize about what a long-distance hike will be like—including how your gear works out. While prepping for my 2015 thru hike, I was certain that...

Nov 18, 2015 : Wander