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PCT Gear Review, Part 3: Electronics and Miscellaneous

In Part 1 of my PCT gear reviews, I went over the Big Three.  In Part 2, I covered cooking, clothing, and hygiene systems.  Part 3 will round out everything that’s left. Electronics I carried my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, and it served many functions: phone, wifi, camera, guides, gps, notes, blogging, water reports.  It’s a water… Read more »

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PCT Gear Review, Part 2: Cooking, Clothing, Hygiene

In Part 1 of my PCT gear reviews, I went over the Big Three.  Now, I’ll move on to my cooking, clothing, and hygiene systems. Cooking Some people go on a no-cook diet while thru hiking to save on time cooking and hassle of finding fuel.  I don’t know what I’d eat for dinner if… Read more »

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PCT Gear Review, Part 1: The Big Three

In backpacking equipment, the “big three” often referred to are your pack, shelter, and sleep system.  They are key pieces of gear, and they are most likely the heaviest and priciest items on your gear list.  In my reviews of gear I used on the Pacific Crest Trail this year, I will start with these. Pack… Read more »

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Nutrition

My nutrition has not always been the best on the trail. I lost twenty pounds on my AT thru hike. I lost five pounds just on my two week Colorado Trail hike. I never got sick of the foods I was eating last year, but when I started eating them again this year, it was… Read more »

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Sponsorships

You may have noticed a new section in my sidebar called “Sponsored By.” Yes, I do indeed have some sponsors for my upcoming adventures! They are gear companies that I already know and love, and I am proud to be representing them as an athlete ambassador. Those of you who have known me for a… 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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Tents

I was generally very happy with my Tarptent Notch on my thru hike, but I began to get envious of those with LightHeart Gear tents, specifically the SoLong model. It only weighs 4 oz more, but it has slightly more head room and twice the floor area, 30 sq ft compared to the Notch’s 15.2…. Read more »

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Crescent Moon Snowshoes

I have been not so patiently waiting for a chance to try out my new Crescent Moon snowshoes, the women’s version from the Gold 15 Backcountry series. Today I had planned to drive into Philly for yoga and rock climbing this afternoon and a jazz concert tonight, so when it started snowing more heavily than… Read more »

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Gear

If you are interested in the gear I used or are planning a hike of your own, check out my gear page. I changed things like sleeping bags and clothes with the seasons, and I changed things like packs and sleeping pads just for fun. Let me know if you have any questions about any… Read more »