Shakedown

A 3 Day Shakedown: The Great Gear Epiphany

A 3 Day Shakedown: The Great Gear Epiphany

A Burrito Sunrise This past weekend I met up with Neemor, an AT and PCT alum, and we set out for the Roan Highlands. We got to Carver's Gap thursday...

Feb 28, 2017 : Kylie Torrence
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
Shaken Down and Laid Up

Shaken Down and Laid Up

The cold rains are blowing into Philadelphia and the Christmas lights are popping up all over the neighborhoods. Old ladies and hipsters are walking their poor dogs dressed in obnoxious...

Dec 19, 2016 : Rhys Hora
The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Unless you're making the rest of us jealous by slackpacking the whole way, your backpack is one of the most important pieces of gear you take on a long-distance hike. Whether you...

Nov 10, 2016 : Mariposa
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
Snow Shakedown

Snow Shakedown

Some people love to geek out on gear. Me, no. If REI sold an AT- Thru-Hiker Starter Pack, I’d be all over that trash. Instead, I had to do my...

Feb 1, 2016 : Notebook
I Just Gotta Shake Shake Shake Shake

I Just Gotta Shake Shake Shake Shake

61 days until we are officially standing on Springer! My last post left a few things to try out on a trip before putting them through the 2000+ mile ringer,...

Jan 11, 2016 : Kimmy Morris
A Small Work Up Hike (from last year)

A Small Work Up Hike (from last year)

May of '14 I'm looking for a nice loop trail that will serve as a shake down hike for gear and personal suffering. I found a nice one in the...

Aug 9, 2015 : Brewerbob
Top 5 Items Sent Home in a Shakedown

Top 5 Items Sent Home in a Shakedown

Shakedown The act of having an experienced backpacker cull through your backpack in search of unneeded items. I have only worked one thru hiker season at Don't be this guy, who might...

Jun 12, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
Tales of Trials and Magic Abound! – Part 1

Tales of Trials and Magic Abound! – Part 1

Otherwise known as the "start" of my thru-hike... although it was really more of an intended 5-day turned 3-day shakedown trip (more on that later). This week ended up being...

Apr 6, 2015 : Stacia Bennett