Gear Review: Hydro Flask water bottle

Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle – 18 fl. oz.

My Hydro Flask is my go-everywhere water bottle. I purchased it back in December for a winter backpacking trip, and I’m in love. (The picture is from this weekend on the lake. The blue bottle and yellow kayak were too pretty of a picture to pass up!)

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Trail Review: Twin Forks Trail

The worst trail ever. For real.

Oh, my. Where to start.

I hated this trail.

I came across this trail years ago in a book called 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville, by Johnny Molloy. (There’s also one for Denver and Boulder sitting on my shelf; you can find them for several other cities and areas.) I didn’t hike it at the time, and a week ago I decided it was time to check it out.

There have been very few times in my life that I regretted taking a walk in the woods. This was one of them.   Continue reading “Trail Review: Twin Forks Trail”

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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