Congratulations on making the decision (or at least making the decision to 'make a decision') to get out on the Appalachian Trail! I hope this post will reach those in the beginning stages of planning their first multi-day hike on the Appalachian Trail (or any similar trail). Although I am a section hiker, and a... Continue Reading →
After the Army I went to physical therapy and asked if I could run now and she said no. But last year, my neighbor's pot belly pig started biting me on my calf and it really hurt so I had to run away - while she chased me. My pants started falling down too, and I was in flip flops waddle-running through a yard full of holes made by one or more moles (they're so cute I can't kill them), while something vicious grunted behind me. For some reason I broke into laughter while it was happening, but I was really scared. Those two teeth she had on the bottom were serious.
Over the Labor Day long weekend, a group of us set out to hike from Max Patch in NC to Hot Springs in 3 days. It's just slightly over 20 miles and I don't think it is a hard section, but it would be better for the hiker to be "conditioned" before taking on these... Continue Reading →
Two things get me really pumped when it comes to hiking. The planning of the trip, and landing on the trail. However, there is a part in between that I struggle with. It is the part where I actually leave my house and get to the trail. The planning part is a great high. ... Continue Reading →
I don't know if this is something to be cheered or offered a "better luck next time" with a pat on the back scenario. At some point on every section hike, I feel confident enough to "spot" a bear. I don't want to encounter one, or round the corner and do a face plant into... Continue Reading →
As I prepare myself mentally for my upcoming section hike with Silver Fox and Twinkle Toes, I glance at the weather forecast in Franklin. Oh great, thunderstorms are expected every single day, along with rain of course. In the Army, they told us, "If it ain't raining, we ain't training." I guess that works for... Continue Reading →
But maybe you aren't overly concerned about your chances of involuntarily crapping yourself for a few days and just want to know how does one take long hikes in the woods and not have to carry gallons of fresh water? This I can help you with!
As an expert "work in progress" when it comes to managing fears and self doubts about my hiking capabilities, I have learned I am not alone. I have also been learning that there is much to learn by listening to others talk about their fears and self doubts. It is not a 'misery loves company'... Continue Reading →
Well.... The thought that stands out the most in my head regarding planning to hike in the rain is Don't over-think it! On the other hand, I am sooooo glad I was prepared. What I learned The weather in NC cannot be depended on. Every day the forecast changed, and then once I got on... Continue Reading →
When you are planning on hiking distance while carrying your life supply, it is important to consider things you may not think about in advance when you are shopping around for that tent or sleeping bag. Price is normally the first thought. Then where to purchase stuff. How to carry it. Do I have everything? What are the others bringing?
You know the feeling, don't you?