Backpacking

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
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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:
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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