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.
Most hikers and backpackers probably have their favorite trail mix which is some variety of GORP. While there are many commercial varieties available, I prefer to make my own. Here is my go to recipe.
Sometimes the most problematic part of hiking is just getting to the trail head.
Call me old school, an old fuddy-duddy, or just old because I prefer hiking boots over trail shoes.
Had they existed at the time, Muir would have hiked both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and probably blogged about his adventures on The Trek
I think freezer bag dinners are a quick, easy, and inexpensive alternative to freeze-dried meals for any backpacking trip or trek lasting up to a week.
I almost always hike and backpack alone.
I started backpacking decades ago; therefore I have gone through several stoves and have seen backpacking stoves evolve. Because I dont like throwing functional things away, I quite a collection of stoves.
What hiking, backpacking, trail, or trekking ornaments are on your tree? I know not everyone celebrates Christmas or decorates a cut or artificial
I am obviously now a trekking pole convert. I rarely hit the trail without them.
Anyone who considers himself or herself spiritual or religious will relish in the open mindedness of this work which offers enough meat to chew on to engage their heart and mind regardless of their religious or spiritual tradition or lack thereof.