Gear Review: SPOT Gen3 GPS

If you need me, call me, No matter where you are, No matter how far

I bought the SPOT Gen3 a few weeks before hitting the AT in March 2016. The main impetus for this purchase was being able to stay in touch and let folks know my coordinates in case I couldn’t use my phone.

The SPOT GPS functions in a few different ways.   Continue reading “Gear Review: SPOT Gen3 GPS”

List: Appalachian Trail food

Yeah… not so healthy, but lots of calories

Short backpacking trips lend themselves to fresh fruit and vegetables, tasty and elaborate backpacking meals, and s’mores. A long-distance thru-hike, not so much. You starve yourself because you never carry enough calories to make up for all the ones you’re burning, and the most calorie-dense foods are not very good for you. Here are examples of food that I and other hiker trash lived off of for six months.

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Packing List: Appalachian Trail

Spring – Summer – Fall; 2,189 miles

Here’s a list of the items I brought (and/or recommend) when I hiked the Appalachian Trail March 29 – September 8, 2016. I liked to stay light with my gear, but I took more than just the bare minimum; I kept a happy medium for me. Hike your own hike and take what you want – cut my list, add more, whatever works for you.

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Gear Review: Salomon Hydro Handset

Everything’s amazing… except the price

I won a Salomon Hydro Handset as part of a Cumberland Transit pint night raffle earlier this spring, and I’ve been using it when I trail run.

I normally don’t carry any water when I trail run, though I’ll carry my 2012-model Camelbak Helena if I’m doing 10+ mile day hikes. I find carrying things in my hands far too annoying.  Continue reading “Gear Review: Salomon Hydro Handset”