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Chris Arnott

My name is Chris also known as Cast Away. I am a full time hiker and vagabond who enjoys long walks in the woods, dinners by firelight, sporadic bathing, and an occasional town day. Via the Appalachian Trail I transplanted myself from Alabama to Vermont and spend every day planning next year's adventure.

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Gear Review: Nemo Hornet 2P Backpacking Tent

Gear Review: Nemo Hornet 2P Backpacking Tent

When it comes to Ultralight tenting there are numerous options. Nemo has answered the call for ultralight gear with the Hornet Two-Person Ultralight

May 1, 2016 : Chris Arnott
A Journey to the Fiordland: The Greenstone and Routeburn Tracks of New Zealand

A Journey to the Fiordland: The Greenstone and Routeburn Tracks of New Zealand

In 2009 I went the Middle East as part of a twelve month deployment while serving in the U.S. Army. In January 2010 I traded the harsh, barren

Jan 28, 2016 : Chris Arnott
The Five-Pound Base Weight

The Five-Pound Base Weight

The quest for the lightest pack consumes some more than others. In some circles super-extreme-holycrap-ultralightweight backpacking has become a bit

Jan 22, 2016 : Chris Arnott
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack

I am going come out and say this right now: I absolutely love the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack. I carried this backpack for the

Dec 18, 2015 : Chris Arnott
Sell Your Crap and Hike: A Rebellion Against Contemporary Society

Sell Your Crap and Hike: A Rebellion Against Contemporary Society

As another Black Friday dawns on us we will see, once again, the images of people trampling over each other in a race to be the first to consume.

Nov 26, 2015 : Chris Arnott
Encounters With Normal People in the Woods

Encounters With Normal People in the Woods

I was three days out of Damascus, Virginia. The Trail Days bubble was progressing North and Southern Virginia was awash with thru-hikers. After three

Nov 12, 2015 : Chris Arnott