Out with the old, in with the new: big gear changes

In preparation for my summer as a ridgerunner, I’ve decided to upgrade some of my beat up smelly thru-hiker gear. Before our hike, I bought the cheapest pack I could find. Also the cheapest tent. And sleeping bag. Oh god, don’t even get me started about that awful sleeping bag I had for the first 100 miles….

Thinking about writing a book…

Hey guys. I’m thinking about writing a memoir about my experiences on the trail. I want it to be a recount of events, but also have a powerful self-discovery / life realizations message. Over the last few months I’ve written a little intro / first chapter and I was wondering if it’s actually book-worthy. Just gonna…

Realizations from the Appalachians

October 15, 2016. 4 PM. My mind and body float effortlessly down the trail as Bon Iver plays in the background. My mind is quiet. Bliss. Pure, unadulterated happiness. Evening sun shining on my face; this is it. This is the end, and holy crap man, I fucking did it. We fucking did it!  It’s hard…

AT: Expectations vs. Reality

Blogging Expectation:  I’m going to blog every week. I’ll keep a diary and upload pictures and captions and write a novel every time I post. I’ll have a ton of followers and everyone will be rooting for us on our grand adventure! Reality: So, I kinda totally forgot to blog during our thru-hike. I think I…

Halfway update 

Hola from Cabot, Pennsylvania! Bit of a sidetrack, I know. The trail always has some kind of surprise for us. This time it happened to be me getting sick right as we were heading out of Harper’s ferry. It had been insanely hot (mid 90’s everyday) and we were pushing big miles. Hiking in MD…

The First Month (ish)

Hi guys! Today marks 1 month since we started our thru-hike. It has been one of the craziest months of my life! In a good way. I haven’t been keeping up with this blog and I really do apologize. I have probably 3 or 4 half-done saved drafts, but still no blog post. Maybe this…

Trail Slackline

It’s done. When I posted my gear list awhile back, I mentioned something about having a slackline on the trail. I wasn’t kidding. Jake and I have been debating setup heavily over the past few months and finally came up with a slackline that is not only lightweight, but multi-functional! Wait.. what the hell is a slackline…

T-minus 27 days

HOLY CRAP a month from now we’ll be 30-ish miles into our thru-hike! In this blog, I’ll give you an inside view of what it’s like to be completely unprepared for the adventure of a lifetime! Just kidding. We’ve about as prepared as we’re going to get until we’re actually on our way to Georgia. Writing these blogs is…

Footwear pt. 2

After I announced to the world last week that I was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail barefoot, I was bombarded with negative reactions from family, friends, and past thru hikers. It got me thinking about some of the consequences of barefoot hiking. The biggest consequence, and the one that worries me the most, is that…

Footwear…

Most people, when they go backpacking, or go outside for any reason really, wear shoes. I’ve been roaming around barefoot ever since I was a kid. I lost track of the number of times my parents yelled at me for not wearing shoes in a place where it was “dangerous to not wear shoes”. As I…

Gear nerd-out

It’s Saturday morning, AKA the only time I ever have time to blog! I normally go in early and take a few runs before work but it’s waaaay too busy at Stratton on the weekends to even think about riding. Since I’ve been trying to get everything together for the trail, I thought I’d organize…