In the previous post, I had briefly mentioned something I wanted to write a little bit more about to share a more in-depth version of our Appalachian Trail experience. It seemed like after hitting Harper’s Ferry, which is the traditional and iconic halfway point of the Appalachian Trail, both Lindsay and I became consistently more negative and irritable on the trail. It took a few weeks of introspective thought while hiking and to realize something in us had changed so that we could then identify the cause.
Continue reading The Halfway Hangover
Our pup, Hunter, joined us after Lindsay healed up from her tailbone dislocation to finish off our 2014 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike team; making us Hunter and The Fat Kids. Hunter is not your average pound dog and therefore not your average trail dog either. What they didn’t tell us when we adopted him from the pound 3+ years ago is that he is 1/3 Chow Chow, 1/3 Alaskan Husky and 1/3 Mountain Goat. He is the perfect companion for a long distance hike; athletic, agile, powerful, durable and possesses a level of endurance that Lindsay and I can’t come close to touching!
Continue reading Hunter’s First 500 Miles
So out of the 2,000ish hikers taking off on the A.T. this year there are probably 200+ blogs that tell their story. Most of them are a daily log of which road they crossed, daily mileage and when they had been rained on. We are trying to do something with a bit more content to give our readers a broader perspective on what we are doing out here in the woods. Now that we have our first couple weeks under our belt we are starting to see some of the ways our approach is different from our hiking peers, and one of the biggest differences is that of nutrition.
Continue reading Ramen Embargo and Trail Nutrition
Yesterday I went over all of the gear we are starting the AT with and decided to break it up into two posts, mostly because of how long the post became with pictures. I only have a ten minute attention span with reading a blog post and I figured there are more like me! Lindsay and I have spent more time discussing clothing and weighing the options than we have any other singular task in our AT Planning. At 1230am the night before we left we had to bit the bullet and finally put clothes into bags!
Continue reading Appalachian Trail Prep V: The Clothing We Will Live In
Over the last couple posts we covered the logistics, training and food planning that we have put into the start of our Appalachian Trail adventure. Prior to leaving Maine we spent all night and drained two pots of coffee laying out gear, re-hashing our packing list, weighing each piece and of course taking pictures of it all for the blog! Oh and don’t get your hopes up too much based on the title of the post, the clothing post is coming up next, we aren’t hiking the AT naked. (Although I do look damn good in Ranger Panties)
Continue reading Appalachian Trail Prep Part IV: The Gear (sans Clothes)