Filed under Gear Talk

Thru-hiker Amnesia

Thru-hiker Amnesia

One year ago today, I stepped foot on Springer Mountain, the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus in Georgia, and began walking north. It feels like a lifetime ago. In the same breath, I remember everything about that first day. The blindingly white snow that lined the road en route. The waterfalls of ice on the treacherous … Continue reading

Mail drops, gear, and food: updates galore!

Mail drops, gear, and food: updates galore!

Hey y’all, dropping a quick (not so quick?) line to address some questions I’ve been getting. Since I’m about to head into Shenandoah National Park and around a week from being at the halfway mark (can you believe it?), I figure it’s time to talk mail drops, food, and gear. Fair warning: this promises to … Continue reading

Headless chicken checking in

Headless chicken checking in

Man, oh man, I really didn’t anticipate the response I got from last Thursday’s post. I was thinking of my last day of work as more of a step in the process, not the last step before falling into the abyss of my trek. I’m feeling a little sheepish, especially since I’m writing from Virginia … Continue reading

It’s just about time for me to Jet(Boil).

It’s just about time for me to Jet(Boil).

At this point, most of you folks know that I’ve flip flopped about bringing a stove. “I’m not bringing one. I’ll eat cold food. If I want warm food, I’ll stick it under my armpit for a while. I’m sure that’ll work.” OK, OK, I am bringing one. Silliness. In January, I told you that … Continue reading