I am a thru-hiker wannabe who has hiked sections of the AT in NH, NJ, PA, VA and NC. I fell in love with hiking and backpacking over forty years ago. Yes, I am that old! Along the way I took a NOLS Outdoor Educator Course, a LNT Master Educator Course, and two Wilderness First Aid Courses. I also enjoy sea kayaking and most recently cycling. I work part time as a Customer Service Specialist with REI. In other words, I love the outdoors and adventure.
Shaffers book is memoir about his first AT thru-hike, not a detailed section-by-section description of the trail or a technical how to guide to thru-hiking the AT.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to be part of The Trek team. I feel part of the (elite) Appalachian Trials/The Trek cyber community.
Hard learned winter backpacking lessons
All those hard learned lessons have served me well but have not prevented me from experiencing additional hard lessons from the trail.
If I could use the BV450 only as a bear canister, I might find it hard to justify the weight, but I have used in so many other ways that I think the weight justifies carrying it.
Keeping all these items in my portable, transferable, multisport essentials kit keeps me from having to look for them separately every time I head out onto the trail, be it cycling a rail trail, kayaking a water trail, or backpacking on the Appalachian Trail.
It was my second time in the Whites but my first time on the AT.
Bolgiano provided me not only with a refreshing review of Appalachia and its environmental concerns related to the forest but also abundant new information.
My sleeping system consists of four main components: a sleeping bag, a stuff sack that serves as a pillow, a sleeping bag liner, and a sleeping pad.
The four packs in my go to inventory range from a slim and trim 12 oz. day pack to a 6 lb., 4 oz. behemoth of an expedition pack.