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Resupplying on a Thru Hike

To mail drop or not to mail drop… Nothing stresses me out more than trying to plan what food I might want to eat four months from now, not to mention how much of it.  I don’t even like to read the guidebook until I’m a week or two out from leaving.  If there’s one… Read more »

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AT vs PCT

Now that I’ve done two of the major long distance trails in the US, everyone wants to know which one is harder, better, my favorite: the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail? First, let’s examine some of the ways the two are different. ┬áSettle in because this is a long one. Physical Difficulty Many… Read more »

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PSA: Measure Your Torso

For the past couple of months, I’ve been seeing a chiropractor. I had pain and occasional skin numbness in my left shoulder starting about a month into my Appalachian Trail thru hike last year, and it never went away completely. I’m not one to go to the doctor quickly, always assuming whatever issue will just… Read more »

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Shepherd’s Virginia Pictures

Here are some of Shepherd‘s photos from Trail Days and the section we all hiked: You might also enjoy: Virginia Creeper AT Photos Grafton Notch

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Section Hiking

Shepherd and I left Damascus Sunday morning and headed north. We stopped in Christiansburg to shower and hang out with Scott. Caz was away for the weekend, unfortunately. (Missed you, Caz!) Then the three of us headed north once again to meet Stretch and Little Bear at The Homeplace Restaurant. It’s a southern family style… Read more »

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Trail Days 2014

Stretch called me a few days ago and convinced me to go to Trail Days. I have other stuff I should be doing and I didn’t think there’d be anyone left up here to drive down with me late Friday night, but it sounded fun so I was in. Shepherd was down for going that… Read more »

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One Year

One year ago today, I started up the approach trail to Springer Mountain and took the first steps on my Appalachian Trail thru hike. Great decision! You might also enjoy: Postponed 2013 AT Hikers Springer

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WFA Recert

This weekend I got recertified in Wilderness First Aid. Since I fortunately did not have much use for the information in the last two years, it was great to have a refresher. The course’s content was definitely familiar but a lot of it I would not have remembered on my own. I’m going to make… Read more »

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Recovery

Hiking for seven months has an undue effect on your body. There are the standard aches and pains, bumps and scrapes and bruises, and non-serious injuries that come and go, but I had a few issues for many months of my hike. I had a problem with my left knee at the beginning of the… Read more »