With more that 200,000 acres of wilderness and over 200 miles of trails, Baxter State Park (BSP) offers some of the best hiking in the eastern US. Katahdin draws most of the attention in the park since it serves as the Northern Terminus of the AT as well as Maine’s highest summit. While Katahdin is
Conventional wisdom says that to prepare for a thru-hike, I should be walking around with my loaded pack. A LOT. But I live in downtown Seattle, so I already walk everywhere. I walk to the grocery store. I walk to work sometimes. I walk to the bus. I walk to go shopping. I walk to
Whenever I try to force myself to exercise, I end up hating myself and counting down the seconds until my workout is over. Whenever I go on a hike, time flies and I can easily hike for hours at a time without realizing it. That’s why instead of training specifically for the PCT, I’m just
Thrills In preparation for my upcoming AT Thru-Hike, I have been going out and hiking different parts of the AT ahead of time. It helps me to test gear at different times to see how it responds to different weather conditions and how compatible it is with the actual terrain I will be on soon.
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With all of the preparation articles and hiker videos out there, it can be easy to get caught up in the smallest of details while trying to get ready for your thru-hike. This is my contribution. In its simplest form, these are the most important tips I have from my journey on the AT. You
Swami is sporting a stylish camouflage Gore-Tex hat, full rain gear and a gargantuan, pale yellow monstrosity. This is no candid shot; I was actually posing. If you could see my face, it is quite giddy. It says: “Holy astrofuckballs, I’m doing this, I’m really, really doing this.” This was me on my first thru-hike:
This was me on my very first thru hike, Appalachian Trail 2013. Swami is sporting a stylish camouflage Gore-Tex hat, full rain gear and a gargantuan, pale yellow monstrosity. This is no candid shot; I was actually posing. If you could see my face, it is quite giddy. It says: ‘ holy astrofuckballs, I’m doing
“Why did no one tell me about this?!?” The number of times I asked this question during my thru-hike was more then I thought it would have been. Know that might have been because I did ignore some of the advice that I read and got but other things were not something I knew beforehand.
It’s Camino season over at REI. For some reason this time of year we get many customers planning their trip to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain. If you’ve never heard of the Camino think of it as backpacking, but with way more access to wine and finer foods. Honestly, the Camino is what
That’s not all. It wasn’t the first time, and I’d do it again under similar circumstances. I only wish I had a friend that would do the same for me. I’ve used the same hit man more than once. I had him come to the house when there would be witnesses. I even stayed, watched,
I did my first long distance hike on the Appalachian Trail in 2016, having never backpacked before in my life. I’m now madly in love with thru-hiking and long distance backpacking and can’t-stop-won’t-stop adventuring at every turn. After the trail, I moved to the great adventure state of Utah. I am totally in love with
Water is the most important resource thru-hikers must learn to manage on the Appalachian Trail. Water is typically easy to find—as hikers meander through the woods they’ll cross numerous fresh springs, streams, ponds, rivers, and lakes from which they can draw water. It is not uncommon for hikers to pass multiple water sources in a
I will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail going NOBO (North Bound) starting April 8th, 2019 and should finish sometime around September 22nd, 2019, plus or minus a week or two…that is, if I make it all the way. Here is my plan: Getting to the Trail I’ll be flying into Atlanta Georgia on April 7th
Salt Lake City, Feb. 8, 2019: How do you get food over a distance of 3,000 miles? In this post I provide a brief summary of what you have to consider when planning your resupply and I share my final table of the resupply strategy for the CDT (see link at the end of the
Less than 30 days from now I’ll be standing atop Springer Mountain, and it still does not seem real. There’s such a long, long planning process involving significant others, family members, friends, and, at the end of the day, employers. I feel like I’ve been planning this thing for forever. Purchases, purges, a million YouTube
If you are looking for a solid prep hike for the Appalachian Trail or just want to hike one of National Geographic Adventure’s top North American hikes, look no further than the Art Loeb Trail in Brevard, North Carolina. Rather than a loop trail, the Art Loeb Trail runs northbound for 30 miles from the
I sit here in my cozy third floor bedroom gazing out across space at the trees swaying through the dirty window glass. Soft white light originates from two tall skylights setting a calm and serene mood. Joni Mitchell lyrics dip in and out of my conscious thought. Pandora bringing sweet lullabies for my easy listening.
If you have hiked a long trail before you’ve seen it. The one or two thousand miles has taken it’s toll on the hiker’s body and many of us start looking like the walking dead. Our legs are in over drive and our bodies naturally take protein from the muscles that we have hardly used
There are people who attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian trail who have never backpacked ever in their life. Some actually succeed. There are many others, however, both experienced and inexperienced, who do not. Of the 3839 northbound thru-hikers that registered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in 2017, only 715 completions were reported. That is only