The folks at TheTrek have just published their annual Thru-Hiker Survey of Sleeping Bags and Pads (a.k.a best gear to take on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike). Whether you’re gearing up for a long-distance hike, a section hike or just want to upgrade your worn out gear, this is a great place to start. Like the majority […]
Hiking boots are the most important piece of equipment you have on the trail. They may seem like a fairly simple bit of outdoor gear, but there’s actually a lot more that goes into a pair of hiking boots than meets the eye. And although you don’t need to know every intricacy of how your […]
Here’s the plain truth. Almost every hike you go on will end up just fine. You may not have perfect weather for the whole thing. You may have minor gear failures that remind you it’s time to replace or upgrade. But in most cases, those aren’t life threatening events. What IS life threatening is getting […]
Thank you to the team at TideSmart Radio for having me on the show with Stevoe to discuss Appalachian Odyssey and to make it available as a podcast. It was a great chance to talk about how my life experiences cumulatively pointed me toward a lifetime of writing and hiking that is still going strong.
Logistics: Planning your hike My friend, Wayne Cyr, and I spent 28 years hiking the Appalachian Trail, one section at a time. Every time we were in our adventure mode (heading to the trail, traveling back from it or out on the path itself) we would invariably meet people of all ages that would say, […]