Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #3: April 9 – April 15, 2018

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 15: Jerry’s Cabin Shelter to Bald Mountain Shelter – 25.6mi Last night was another sub-freezing evening. It had started to snow as I was going to bed and although only about a quarter inch accumulated, the drop in temperature was difficult to manage. I felt like I didn’t …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #2: April 2 – April 8, 2018

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 8 – Cable Gap Shelter to Russell Field Shelter – 21.6mi Today was one of my shortest days. I got up at my normal time, after not sleeping too well as I accidentally set my tent up on a hill and was sliding all over. At one point …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #1: March 25 – April 1, 2018

Welcome to my first update from the trail! Here I’ll give a day-by-day account of my hike and everything that goes along with it. Please excuse the absence of flowery prose and the multiple misspellings, as I have limited opportunity to edit these entries as I go. Day 1: Half of the Approach Trail to …

Appalachian Trail, Training, Trekking

Gone Hikin’: Leaving for the Appalachian Trail and How I’ll Blog Between the Logs

This weekend I begin my much anticipated 100 day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  As a result, it will be much more difficult to consistently publish posts as I have been, and even harder to edit and include lots of photos. Despite that, I am determined to document my journey as best I can and so …

Appalachian Trail, Training, Trekking

Energy Gels for Hiking: Yay or Nay?

As the worlds of ultralight backpacking and endurance athletics continue to converge, strategies, ideas, and methods are borrowed and adapted between the two sports. One example that is making its way to backpacking is the use of “sports nutrition”, i.e. energy gels and their various forms, as sustenance. Having long been a staple in the …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

Lessons Learned from a Successful FKT Attempt

Recently, I completed an Unsupported FKT Attempt of the 255km Beşparmak Trail in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. My total time was 4 days, 9.5 hours and included some of the most grueling and rewarding terrain I have ever experienced. Although I covered the experience extensively in my Trip Report (Read Part 1 & …

Race Reports, Training, Trekking

Beşparmak Trail FKT Trip Report – Part 2

This is Part 2 of  the Beşparmak Trail FKT Report. Be sure to read Part 1 first! Part 1 left off at the end of Day 2. Having hiked until nearly midnight the night prior, I was entering the longest day of the journey as my schedule indicated that I needed to cover 63km. It’s about …

Race Reports, Training, Trekking

Beşparmak Trail FKT Trip Report – Part 1

On March 2, 2018 at 06:30, I began my Unsupported FKT Attempt of the Beşparmak Trail in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. I completed the trail on March 6 at 1600 with a total running time of 4 days, 9.5 hours. A major part of verifying an FKT is the Trip Report, which adds …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 2/26 – 3/4, 2018

Hey all, Sorry to disappoint, but there will be no substantive weekly update this week as I am off on my FKT attempt of the Besparmak Trail without access to the Internet. Stay tuned next week for my trip report and an updated weekly training log. Wish me luck – or pour a little out in …

Appalachian Trail

My 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

Below is the list of gear I am currently planning to take on my AT thru-hike beginning in March 2018. This is a living post and will be updated if I make any changes. At this point I don’t suspect I will be making too many changes, but you never know! My goal, as is …

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