Preparation

A Return to Writing as Grief Evolves

A Return to Writing as Grief Evolves

About four years ago, I made my debut on the Appalachian Trials blogger page, with fiery optimism and about zero experience. I posted, irregularly at best, while I "prepared" to...

Dec 12, 2018 : Christine
Stories From The Trail Episode 10 – Daniel’s First Backpacking Trip!

Stories From The Trail Episode 10 – Daniel’s First Backpacking Trip!

Do you remember your first overnight backpacking trip? (Or are you looking forward to it?) Were you scared to sleep in the woods? Did you carry too much or too...

May 6, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Three Nights in Death Valley

Three Nights in Death Valley

Sunday after work, my brother and I drove down to Death Valley for a shakedown hike and to escape the cold of Mammoth Lakes for a few days.  The first...

Mar 31, 2018 : Brian Cornell
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
Planning for the Arizona Trail

Planning for the Arizona Trail

Javelinas, rattlesnakes and long dry stretches. Preparing for "hardcore desert" on the 800 mile Arizona Trail.

Mar 1, 2018 : Siobhan Sheridan
“Adult” is a 5-Letter Word: Don’t Neglect These Things Before Your Hike

“Adult” is a 5-Letter Word: Don’t Neglect These Things Before Your Hike

Preparing for a thru hike can be lots of fun, but it's not all shakedown hikes and candy bar taste tests.  There's just a lot of stuff to do.  Some of...

Feb 15, 2017 : Righteous
In Which I Reach Saturation in my Preparations

In Which I Reach Saturation in my Preparations

I have made my lists.  Edited my spreadsheet based on AWOL's work.  Planned my first couple of resupplies and now have all the gear I will need to start.  I...

Jan 12, 2017 : EarthTone
The Titanic Panic of 2017

The Titanic Panic of 2017

Last week, the guy who brings us propane for our RV asked me, “So, do you have any New Year’s resolutions?” He was a little surprised when I responded with...

Jan 6, 2017 : Annette 'The Rainbow'
Trail Advice For A Newbie On The JMT

Trail Advice For A Newbie On The JMT

However, I have been able to get a little mountain fix by giving some trail advice to a friend who is just departing on the John Muir Trail (JMT). I...

Jul 25, 2016 : Jean Taggart
‘Tis the Sneezon

‘Tis the Sneezon

Although I obsessively planned most of my hike, there's one thing I didn't plan for, but I vowed that it wouldn't stop me. That thing is allergies.

Jun 1, 2016 : Zoë Symon