December 15 marks exactly 100 days until I begin my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on March 25, 2018 at Springer Mountain in Georgia. This is significant because my goal is to complete the entire 2200-mile trail in 100 days (or less!), meaning that with each passing minute there is less time remaining until I start than the number of days I will spend on the trail.
While I have not been writing much about my preparation, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. While I do appreciate the spontaneity and freedom that the AT provides, I’m a planner at heart and can’t help but do all I can to prepare. I have spent countless hours researching and testing gear, planning my itinerary and logistics, and reading articles. Along the way, I’ve also published a few posts on TheTrek.co, including a series on “Thru-Hiker Nutrition” that I’m particularly proud of.
While this post is more of an update than an article in itself, I do have several others in the queue that I plan to publish with regards to my preparation. Subjects include:
- How I saved over 50% on my gear
- Leveraging rewards programs to save $2,000 on hotels
- My gear list and pack weight
- Food and nutrition planning