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

Appalachian Trail: Data Book & Thru-Hikers Companion

January 5, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I received my Appalachian Trail books the other day. Only 11 more weeks to go before I start my journey; getting pretty excited. The first one is the Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2014. I would have ordered the 2015 version but it wasn’t available on Amazon. This book only cost $7 and is exactly what … Continue reading Appalachian Trail: Data Book & Thru-Hikers Companion

Koko Head, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

September 8, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

After living in Hawaii for four years and enjoying many spectacular hikes, I always went to a particular hike far more than any other – Koko Head in Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I absolutely loved this hike and it’s one of the trails I miss the most now that I’m not … Continue reading Koko Head, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

September 4, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Hawaii Loa Ridge is a hike I did with my friend Janice on a whim one day after being told by someone at work that it had a “bamboo forest” (which it doesn’t). I’ve only done this hike once, but I will always remember its brutality and sinking feeling in my gut when reaching … Continue reading Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

Kolowalu Trail, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

September 1, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Kolowalu Trail is a moderate hike and has very few people along the path. I’ve only done the trail once and I think we encountered two other groups during the time we were out there. It offers stunning views into the Manoa Valley and downtown Honolulu, as well as acts as an entry point … Continue reading Kolowalu Trail, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 18, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Diamond Head is a hugely popular tourist attraction on the south-eastern shore of Oahu. Due to it’s relatively close proximity to Waikiki Beach (two to three miles away, depending on which end of Waikiki you’re on), this is one of the most heavily trekked hikes on island. It’s also one of only three crater hikes … Continue reading Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Manoa Falls, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 17, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Manoa Falls is a really short, easy waterfall hike in the Manoa Valley that attracts many visitors. This was one of my favorite hikes when I first got to Hawaii and is still quite enjoyable many years later. To park in the parking lot at the base of the trail, you will have to pay … Continue reading Manoa Falls, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Ka’au Crater, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 16, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Ka’au Crater is one of three crater hikes on the island of Oahu (the other two are Diamond Head, a fairly easy hike, and Koko Head, a more moderate hike with a great cardio workout); it is the most intense hike out of the three, but also very rewarding. If you can push through the … Continue reading Ka’au Crater, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii