Preparation

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

Last year, an affable hiker called Drum Solo described the Arizona Trail as “hardcore desert” when I told him I wanted to hike it. We were boiling our butts off...

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 AWOL's spreadsheets tailored to my needs I have combed through the pdf version of

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

I have a confession - I have been going on pathetically few hikes this summer! Combine too much work, sweltering Utah heat that I'm just not accustomed to (people hike...

Jul 25, 2016 : Jean Taggart
‘Tis the Sneezon

‘Tis the Sneezon

I'm one of those people who obsessively planned for the trail for months and months before I set foot on Springer Mountain. I have spreadsheets on spreadsheets that tell me...

Jun 1, 2016 : Zoë Symon
Prepare For Takeoff!

Prepare For Takeoff!

One moment you're thinking of a date way off in the future. The next, that moment is one week away.  One week until I say goodbye to my boyfriend, my...

Feb 18, 2016 : Linde