I am Carey, also known as Carry-On from my 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I live in southern Utah in an RV with my dog and two cats, work at an outdoor store, and spend my time blogging, taking pictures, obsessing over gear, backpacking locally, and section hiking the Arizona Trail. In the future I'm considering more thru-hikes, with New Zealand, the Grand Enchantment Trail, the PCT, and CDT on the short list.
Do you carry a trowel when backpacking? Here's why you shouldn't, because there's a better option for half the weight that still allows you to follow Leave No Trace practices and feel virtuous on the trail.