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  1. There are a lot of scenarios when it comes to resupply on a long trail, but it’s not just about food and gear. Create a Vision Resupply boxes are a little gift to yourself after days or even weeks on the trail. It doesn’t matter what’s in the box, as long as you appreciate getting a little morale booster from yourself. It’s also a physical manifestation of a vision that you have for yourself. Some people create vision boards, ... The post Why You Should Send Resupply Boxes on a Long Hike appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  2. Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks—key waypoints on the Appalachian Trail—fully reopened Saturday, Jan. 26, as the partial federal government shutdown ended. Great Smoky Mountains park visitor centers are now accessible seven days a week and reservation services for the frontcountry and backcountry are fully operational, according to the Smokies Facebook page. Backcountry permits are required for AT thru-hikers traversing the Smokies. Some basic services continued to be available in the Smokies during the shutdown through a combination of donated money and revenue generated by recreation fees. ... The post Smokies, Shenandoah Reopen as Government Shutdown Ends appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  3. I’ve been called many things, but not cheap! Ok, I will admit I am very frugal, but I appreciate quality gear and never go cheap on gear I need to rely on! We all know outfitting a hike can be a huge expense. I personally saved some serious coin and I hope I can help you too! This is how I did it… I was working part time at Bass Proshop and learned about a computer training program that let’s you gain product knowledge through training videos and once you certify by testing your knowledge, ... The post Budgeting for Gear ~ The Frugal Hiker appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  4. Your ten pound base gear is packed, abs are ripped, and your bank account balance is your best friend. Even if the stars aligned and all these fantasies were reality, the truth is; you will never be ready for your thru-hike. You can read all the books you want, but no amount of pages can prepare you physically, mentally, and emotionally for the journey you’re about to embark on. Sure, it’s important to have a general understanding of what you’re getting yourself into, ... The post The Impractical Practical Guide to Prepare for Your Thru-Hike appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  5. It’s a mess of my own making I’m sitting on a beach chair in the guest room of my parents’ house, surrounded by a trash heap of cardboard boxes and instant ramen. I refer to this room as HQ. I do all my PCT prep here. It’s really quite an embarrassment. Beer bottles are strewn about, a pile of glitter covers the throw rug, and there are so many dishes stacked on the desk I now do my computing from the floor. ... The post Waiting Anxiously on Permit Day appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  6. As of today, I am one month out from beginning my AT thru hike. In less than a month, my husband and I will be driving to Georgia to spend a few days at Amicalola Falls State Park and then he will be driving home alone while I start the adventure of a lifetime. Since this is probably the last time I will post before I leave, here is an update on the madness that is my brain right now. ... The post Here’s My Status Report, 30 Days Out appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  7. About this time last year, I had just committed to my AT thru-hike, which meant that I was in the early research stages. Having never backpacked with less than 30-40 pounds on my back before, the idea of going ultralight was extremely enticing, but it would mean updating almost all of my old heavy gear. I was digging through this very website reading up on gear lists in attempts to know every possible piece of equipment out there for my consideration. ... The post The Nitty Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  8. Reaching a goal is an amazing feeling. Whether it’s the completion of a thru-hike or graduating college, the accomplishment makes the toil and sweat worth the effort. It can also leave you with a sense of confusion at what to do next. When I completed the 67 4,000-footers of New England, I was happy but I also felt lost. Who was I, now that I was no longer “Socked In Hiking The 67?” What was I going to do now that I was done? ... The post Variations of the New Hampshire 48 4,000-Footer List appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  9. Confession: I am pretty gross. I often eat food off the floor, washing my hair is a chore I try to do as infrequently as possible and most of my clothes normally have food spilt on them. But I do like being clean. I find baths kind of pointless but I love showering. I didn’t realise until I went to uni that it’s unusual to shower more than once a day (once when you wake up, ... The post The Bits the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  10. My plan - Go slow. Figure out what gear I am carrying but don't need and send it home. Enjoy every minute I'm on the trail! The post I’m over 50, overweight, and overloaded… Appalachian Trail, here I come. appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  11. I read somewhere that you’re either a camper or a backpacker, but never both. Each have a very different idea of luxury. Sure, it would be great to hit my camp spot, settle in and blow up a thick four-inch air mattress and inflatable pillow. Then slip into super comfy camp shoes and make some hot chocolate or crack open a beer and bury into a good book. Maybe play some cards or, if I still have the energy and the camp spot allows it, ... The post A Life of Luxury: Luxury Items on the Trail appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  12. Unless you are a marathon runner, the concept of hiking 30 miles in a day sounds insane. That is, until you do it and realize that it is still insane, but a realistic goal even for hikers who aren’t speed demons on the trail. That’s not to say 30-mile days are easy by any means. It’s still an enormous feat and often times can be looked at a Type 2 fun. But setting and achieving goals is what thru hiking is all about. ... The post How to Conquer 30-Mile Days Regardless of Hiking Speed appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  13. Blackalachian on The Underground Railroad Trail Most notable for calling attention to the absence of color on the Appalachian Trail, Daniel White (aka “The Blackalachian”) followed up by cycling the Underground Railroad Trail in 2018. Stories From The Trail was lucky enough to catch up with him just after his finish. Blackalachian joined us via Discord for one of our weekly hiker hangouts, and we had a fun and informative time. We discussed what’s so special about the Appalachian Trail, ... The post Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  14. The major four categories of backpacking gear (aka the Big Three) are your sleep system, shelter, and backpack. These items often take up 65-80% of the weight in a traditional pack. You should aim to have each of these items weigh less than two pounds per item (other hikers may set their limit anywhere from one to three pounds). That means that if each item weighs two pounds, the heaviest items in my pack together will weigh eight pounds total, ... The post Pacific Crest Trail Sleep System appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  15. If you're getting a hitch, someone is picking you up for free. All you can offer is a thank you, a story, and a smile. Smile damn it. Tell a good story from the trail and don't forget your "Thank you". The post The Subtle Art of Hitchhiking appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
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