Setting out on a hike I promised myself I'd do 10 years ago, I'm a neophyte backpacker with grand dreams of making it to Katahdin in one piece and in one go. Biological anthropologist, (visiting assistant) professor, marathon runner, and avid reader, I'm looking forward to leaving the Ivory Tower behind to explore the trail and meet some great people.
Lets start off on the right foot. I like surveys about hikers. I like surveys about gear. I like surveys about food. I like surveys about tents and
I was surprised and hurt by how few questions I got about my thru-hike once I was off trail. But now, I'm putting the emotional pack down permanently and focusing instead on getting my tried and true Baby Deuter back out on the trail for our next adventure.
I had to take a break. Everything that can be said about the end of a thru-hike, I feel, has been said. And I was sad; post-hike sadness is
The White Mountains are . . . different. As a thru hiker, you're warned. You're told it's going to be a whole new game. But there's really no way to
Restarting, it turns out, is almost as hard as starting. Some days, it seemed even harder. Sometime around June 1, I called my white knight of
I looked at leaving the trail like a prison sentence. I'm far away from my trail family and they're further from me everyday. I'm losing ground on summer and I've fallen out of the hiking groove. However, by tackling the initial part of my "list" and focusing relentlessly on PT and rehab, my trail exile has actually flown by rather quickly.
To everyone out there still spouting, "No pain, no rain, no Maine," just remember that the person next to you might not need to hear that again. The person next to you might need to be reminded that the trail isn't going anywhere and that their trail family will still be with them, in spirit if not in body, when they get back.
Wandering the AT for the last 2 months and crossing the 1000 mile mark yesterday, I realized I've learned a few things and changed a little bit here
All right kids. I've hiked 861 miles of the AT and have developed some strong feelings about some of my gear. Now, bear in mind I'm typing out this
This will be a short post, but one I'm very happy to write. Very close to Woods Hole Hostel (of which I have also heard good things!), there lies a