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”

Trail Review: Radnor Lake trails

Perfect for a quick family hike!

Radnor Lake State Park is only 8 miles from downtown Nashville, but the sites and sounds of the city are completely hidden from this area. Located in the affluent Oak Hill neighborhood, this park is one of the best maintained in middle Tennessee. It’s also one of the best places to see wildlife. I’ve routinely seen deer, turkey, and even bald eagles.  Continue reading “Trail Review: Radnor Lake trails”