AT Prep: One Month To Go

February 15, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

With one month left before I start my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, I’m becoming more and more impatient for the final day to come. It feels like it’s taking forever to reach my departure date.

I bought my bus ticket this past week, which I’m not too much looking forward to the 24 hour ride across 1,000 miles. Of course, that only get’s me to Atlanta. Then I take another bus the following day, followed by a taxi to get to Amicalola Falls State Park where I will then set off on foot for a 9 mile hike before I finally reach the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It’ll be two or three days of travel just to get to the trail, and I’m honestly not sure if I’ll sleep much during that time.

I’ve begun packing resupply boxes and in doing so, quickly realized how annoying it is trying to cram 7 days of food and supplies into a “Large” Priority Mail box. Trying to cram that same food into my BearVault was another fun task (I’ve decided it can’t be done… at least not without a shrink ray). Thus, I’m now planning on only carrying 5 days of food at a time and just stopping in towns more often, which I was originally trying to avoid to save a few pennies. On the plus side, this will lighten my load by about 4 lbs and makes the supplies much easier to pack/repack.

During this time I’ve also been thinking about what to do next year and/or when I get back. As of today, I have three main ideas to choose from:

I really want to get some wooded land and build a cabin, living old-school with no electricity and a wood stove. I’ve even started looking at land and pricing things out.

If I can sell my Jeep, I’d love to buy an old conversion van and do a 365 day, 50 state road trip across the US trying to visit as many National Parks as possible along the way. I have a timeline and route planned out to hit almost every single park during it’s optimal season, avoiding as many crowds as possible.

If nothing else, I’ll be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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