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I finished section hiking the Appalachian Trail last summer after only 14 short years! With all of the hype about the upcoming movie A Walk in the Woods, I’ve been inspired to write about some of my AT experiences. I recently shared an experience on how Bill Bryson’s book motivated me to begin my first […]

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Camping began in the early 1900s, inspired by education and recreation clubs like the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Soon camping became a popular pastime for the general public, which inspired continuous improvement of camping tools and practices. Over the years, recreation companies have continued to invent and manufacture items that enable us to […]

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While looking for something on Amazon.com  I saw a recommended instant video.  It happened to be Flip Flop Flippin. A documentary I had been wanting to find. I took at look and ended up renting it.  From there I ended up going down this rabbit hole of videos and shows I could rent very cheaply. […]

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Getting lost is not always a bad thing. There are some times where getting lost can be very dangerous and not recommended however some times getting lost can be good.  There are two types of getting lost while on the trail. The first type is that of getting turned around or unable to find the […]

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Air mattress explodes as you crawl into your sleeping bag long cold sleepless nights. – “You chose to be out here and its better than sitting in a cube” Sleeping bag zipper breaks and there are several cold sleepless nights -“You are still warm enough not to be in serious danger. You chose to be […]

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When planning to go on an backpacking adventure for several months or even several weeks you have to take everything you own and find most near and dear with you. All of that must be placed in your backpack. The challenge is that you can only take what is necessary, what fits, and does not […]

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There has been a large debate ever since the creation of portable music devices. The heart of the debate is whether or not you should listen to music while you hike. My personal opinion on the matter is that of to each their own. I typically do not listen to music while hiking, but having […]

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Give people enough time and they will surprise you.  In my last post I talked about community. Today I want to talk about people.  There are always people who will rub you the wrong way and then there are others who you will more naturally gravitate towards.  On the AT you can always hike on your […]

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Living in the city and working in corporate America many people tend to loose sight of the amazing feeling of community. This is not always their fault it can be caused by many factors of life. Leaving it all behind and hitting the trail  for a few days, weeks or even months can restore that […]

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I have mentioned to a number of people that the AT is the Disney World of hiking trail. This statement can be seen as both positive and negative. Before you go off and think I am crazy let me explain first. Every year is the “biggest year” in terms of the number of people who […]

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For most of my experience in Georgia on the AT the nights were very cold as were the days. I found myself wearing my warm gear both during the day and at night. I did make a decision on one of the harder days to wear my merino t-shirt and my fleece jacket instead of […]

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Hike your own Hike will only ever mean what you want it to mean. What does the phrase “Hike your own hike” actually mean? Well I believe it to mean whatever you need it to in those moments it is needed most.  There has been some talk in various podcasts and blogs lately that HYOH […]

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Your only as strong as your weakest piece of gear.  No matter how much you research and test gear without fail something in your kit will fail. For me they happened to fail nearly back to back and within the first few days of my trip. I had tested the gear several times before ever […]

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In the coming weeks I am going to take some time and talk about each one of these items in depth but I wanted to share with you this list of things I learned about and from the Appalachian Trail. They are in no particular order and one does not have a more valuable lesson […]

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I have spent the past two days hanging out and doing lots of thinking and soul searching to find the right answer.   The best way to describe how I came across my answer is standing atop a mountain watching as the clouds cleared and the sun came out I was at the moment content […]

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This morning I got up and said goodby to some of the folks who where headed out. Spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon hanging out with Icarus who was handing out trail magic beer to people coming off the trail. It was extremely fun to watch. It was hard to tell who […]

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Today was a rough day.  I sent some messages to a few friends down in the Atlanta area and one of them has agreed to come and get me to see if leaving the trail for a few days will get me back into the game and to hopefully continue to rest my body. I […]

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