Category: Appalachian Trail

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 & …

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 …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers You Should be Following on Instagram

This post originally appeared on TheTrek.co Each year, dozens of TheTrek’s beloved bloggers hit the Appalachian Trail and, in addition to their prolific prose, also capture their respective journeys via Instagram. Follow along to feel the excitement, send good vibes, track our progress, and, hopefully, gain some inspiration for a hike of your own! Throughout …

Appalachian Trail, Training, Ultras

Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Fastest Known Time attempts (also known as FKTs) are, in the simplest terms, speed records for trails and established routes. Instead of a typical race with formal organization, aid stations, and spectators, FKTs are usually performed with little recognition and support.  They have become quite popular among endurance athletes in recent years as competition increases …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

5 Ultrarunning Skills I’ll Bring on The AT

I’ve hiked more miles in my life than I’ve run, but a couple of years ago I picked up ultrarunning and have been borderline obsessed since. For me, it’s the perfect blend of a high-intensity workout and all the best parts of hiking (scenery, trails, nice people, etc.) without the big packs and slow pace. …

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