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How My Dog Survived a Thru-Hike With Me: Keeping Them Healthy

How My Dog Survived a Thru-Hike With Me: Keeping Them Healthy

I dashed down the trail trying to beat the setting sun.  My dog, No Shame was 20 feet ahead of me excited about the sudden increase in pace.  The switchbacks...

Jun 3, 2017 : Bookie
Conquering the Demons—Let’s Talk about Ticks

Conquering the Demons—Let’s Talk about Ticks

Forget bears, snakes, and deranged mountain-folk- deer ticks present the biggest risk to Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Here are steps you can take to prevent Lyme disease. Ugh…grossest thing

Mar 15, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
A Quick Stub on Bloodsuckers

A Quick Stub on Bloodsuckers

Days were regularly warm now. At night the lightning bugs lit up the darkness with their familiar space alien green florescence. Except for lightning bugs, I never met a bug...

May 19, 2016 : Joe Schmidt
Little “Tick”-ing Time Bombs

Little “Tick”-ing Time Bombs

In the mid 1990s, I canoed a section of the ehrlichiosis. I’m no stranger to these tiny arachnids. Western Wisconsin is one of the hotbeds of tick-borne illnesses, especially Lyme disease—and

Mar 28, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Let Me Tell You About The Bears And The Bees

Let Me Tell You About The Bears And The Bees

Sometimes, I wish that when I started my thru-hike, I had known nothing about the trail. The hikers that have never stepped foot on the trail seemed to always have...

Jun 11, 2015 : Jennifer Williams
The Five – No, Six – Questions This (Hopeful) Thru Hiker is Already Tired of Hearing

The Five – No, Six – Questions This (Hopeful) Thru Hiker is Already Tired of Hearing

I have already heard these questions 100 times or more. It's easy to forget that while I have been "all AT, all the time" for the past year or more,...

Dec 31, 2014 : Kate Spillane Balano
Anatomy of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s First Aid Kit

Anatomy of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s First Aid Kit

In addition to being the mom of a 2014 thru-hiker, I’m a registered nurse and EMT.  So I have given Sarah’s first aid kit a lot of thought. The everyday...

Feb 27, 2014 : HikerMom