Trail Tip: Take pictures of people

You’ll be glad you did!

[I’ve been in Idaho for the past two weeks attending a NOLS Wilderness First Responder course, so I’ve been lax on the articles. I’ll be posting more this week!]

This is a small post with a big point: take pictures of people. Eventually, all the gorgeous summits look the same. Yes, flowers are pretty. And so is that deer. That old church looks a lot like all those other old churches (amirite, Camino folks?).

Trust me, when you get back home from your epic trip, it might be nice to share those vista and summit and adventure pictures with folks, but the ones you will revisit over and over, the ones you’ll show to complete strangers in bars, the ones you’ll have the best stories about… are the people. Take pictures of the people.

Pictured: Professor, Firestarter (me), and Backtrack in Damascus, Virginia. Yes, my tramily was full of very tall humans.

 

Trail Tip: The Poo Post

When Nature calls

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, REI 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”

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”

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”