Appalachian Trail, Trekking

Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Feet are the workhorses of any long-distance undertaking. They do the lion’s share of the work and take the most damage of any body part. They get cold, wet, and sweaty in the name of transporting you from point A to point B and ask little in return except to be cared for. Sometimes, even …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

Breaking Down My $2,500 Thru-Hike Budget

One of the major considerations when contemplating a thru-hike is, “Can I afford it?” Many hikers think they have arranged their finances properly, only to run out of dollars before they run out of miles.  For my thru-hike I was determined to ensure that money would not be a limiting factor in my success, so …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

My Post-AT Gear Review

Before starting my thru-hike, I posted my projected gear list which I had spent a long time dialing in and shaking down. Now that I’ve finished the trail, I wanted to circle back and comment on what worked, what didn’t, and how I felt about each piece. Long story short – most of my kit was …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

The Injury That Nearly Ended My Thru-Hike (and how to fix it on trail)

Everyone’s worst nightmare when planning a thru-hike is an injury that will end their journey prematurely. This is not only because of all the time, effort, and cash spent in preparing for the trip but also because it’s impossible to plan for – you never know when you might twist an ankle or develop a …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking, Uncategorized

Fast Facts About My AT Thru-Hike

Hello again! It’s been just over two weeks since I summited Mt. Katahdin and finished my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Now that I’ve taken some time to recuperate, I’m ready to start writing a bit more about my experience. For my first post-AT article, I though that perhaps I’d indulge you readers on some fast facts …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #14: Days 93 – 99

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 93: Campsite at mm2064.2 to Monson, ME – 12.2mi As expected, it rained throughout most of the evening but I managed to stay dry. It was just sprinkling in the morning so I managed to pack everything up without getting too wet (except for my tent, which was …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #13: Days 86 – 92

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 86: Full Goose Shelter to Campsite at mm1934- 20.1mi I was up and on the trail at quarter to 6 this morning, knowing I’d need all the time I could get for what laid ahead. To start the day off, there was a rugged and steep (albeit relatively …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #12: Days 79 – 85

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 79: Jeffers Brook Shelter to Lincoln, NH – 24.8mi I was on the trail at my normal time and immediately began the ascent up Mt. Musilauke. It was a climb of over 2,000ft but took place over several miles. I had been dreading it, but it turned out …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #11: Days 71 – 78

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 71: Cheshire, MA to Campsite at mm1606 – 27mi What an interesting day! I slept well outside the church in Cheshire and got up at my regular time. Instead of making oatmeal as usual, I packed everything up and walked about half a mile to the gas station …

Appalachian Trail, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Trail Update #10: Days 64 – 70

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 64: Campsite at mm1381.3 to Graymoor Campground – 31mi Logs was up a few minutes before me and was on the trail at 530, but I hung around for another 20min or so. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of this stuff, Logs shows that …

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