Day 2: Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

March 18, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 7.9 Today began a little before 9am and was significantly better than yesterday. The initial section of trail after Springer Mountain was very mellow and I was able to complete the first three miles in just over an hour. Frequently through today’s miles I had to cross raging rivers (small streams), barely making … Continue reading Day 2: Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

Day 1: Approach Trail to Springer Mountain

March 17, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 9.0 Pack weight: 46 lbs Starting body weight: 212.8 lbs I’ll flat out admit, today pretty much sucked. It was great, but at the same time it sucked giant donkey balls. With all the warm weather, my pack is loaded with all my cold weather gear and I think I’m carrying too much … Continue reading Day 1: Approach Trail to Springer Mountain

Day 0: Getting to the Trail

March 16, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Hiking the Appalachian Trail will in no doubt be a large task to accomplish, but before that can happen, I had to actually get to the trail. This wasn’t extremely difficult, but it’s more cumbersome than one might think, especially if you don’t live in the area. I came in from Wisconsin, so it’s not … Continue reading Day 0: Getting to the Trail

AT Prep: Mail Drops

March 3, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

With two weeks left before I leave for the Appalachian Trail, I finally packed and labelled all of my resupply packages, a.k.a. mail drops. Most of them are five days of supplies, some six, and a few are seven. For anyone who doesn’t know, you can mail yourself a package to any Post Office and … Continue reading AT Prep: Mail Drops

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 … Continue reading AT Prep: One Month To Go

AT Prep: Terrain Analysis

January 28, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Although the Appalachian Trail is nicknamed “the green tunnel” due to its vastly wooded landscape, there are significant amounts steep, rocky climbs and other obstacles to overcome – you are hiking in the mountains, after all. Some of my bigger concerns are just how steep and rocky it really is, and in the event of … Continue reading AT Prep: Terrain Analysis

AT Prep: Itinerary

January 27, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I’ve been working on my Appalachian Trail itinerary for the past few days, trying to figure out just where I’ll be and when. I’m attempting to stop in towns as little as possible to avoid the excess cost and temptation of lodging and fancy meals. Contrary to how most people only do a few mail-drops … Continue reading AT Prep: Itinerary

Appalachian Trail

January 26, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking, Trails

In March of 2015, I attempted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, but only made it about 60 miles. I know, I suck. I gave up because of a preexisting knee injury that was bothering me, but it probably didn’t help that I had a few too many “extra cookies” around my waist (a.k.a. too … Continue reading Appalachian Trail

AT Prep: Gear List

January 24, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

After two years, I’ve finally decided on what I believe is my final gear list for what I’ll be taking with me on the Appalachian Trail this year. I’ve bought a lot of gear in those two years, including: five different tents, 3 sleeping bags (and two prototype bags that haven’t even been developed yet), … Continue reading AT Prep: Gear List

AT Prep: Meal Planning

January 21, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I’ve started testing out the trail foods I plan on taking with me as I hike the Appalachian Trail this year. Although I’m not going to go as in-depth as this, I’ve had a rough idea of what I was going to take for some time now, but haven’t actually taste-tested some of it before … Continue reading AT Prep: Meal Planning