List: 10 Essentials for Day Hiking

Because s@%$ happens…

When I don’t have time for an overnight backpacking trip, I still like to hike nearby trails. If I’m hiking a trail shorter than five miles that I’ve already done before, I often only take my Salomon Hydro Handset, which holds my ID and my truck key. (I know that’s not the best practice way to do things, but I’m honest.) If I’m doing a longer trail, however, or a trail I’m not familiar with, I do take along the 10 essentials.  Continue reading “List: 10 Essentials for Day Hiking”

List: Overnight Backpacking Gear

There’s a first time for everything

I sometimes get asked to speak about backpacking at local outfitters. It’s great meeting beginners and seasoned backpackers alike, and there are always some great questions at the end. The downside is that there’s never enough time to answer all the questions, or give greater detail. This post is in response to a question I get asked nearly every time: “What should I take (specifically) on my first overnight trip?”

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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”

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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