Trail Tip: The Poo Post

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There are a lot of questions that beginner backpackers have. We were all beginners once, and we all had to learn a vital skill: how to poop in the woods.

When I talk about backpacking (to a meetup group, outfitter backpacking class, or just curious bystanders), I am often asked about going to the bathroom. People are usually shy or reserved when asking the question, so I always make sure to give them a straight answer. They may not have the nerve to ask someone else!  Continue reading “Trail Tip: The Poo Post”

Gear Review: Camelbak and MSR reservoirs

(MSR wins!)

I purchased my Camelbak Helena 20 pack in 2012 and I love it. I haven’t used it recently, but it’s still got it’s own hook in my gear room. The Camelbak reservoir was the standard one that comes with all their packs: plastic, 2-liter, circular twist opening with little kickstands for drying. The hose was the normal plastic one with the yellow bite piece and open/close toggle.   Continue reading “Gear Review: Camelbak and MSR reservoirs”

Finance List: Appalachian Trail costs

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The questions I’ve been asked most about the Appalachian Trail:

  1. You did the whole thing? How long did it take you?
  2. How did you get the time to do it?
  3. How much did it cost?

I want to tackle question #3 in this post. The answer: the cost depends on the hike. Hike your own hike refers to more than just your speed; it encompasses all the decisions.   Continue reading “Finance List: Appalachian Trail costs”