Yearly Archives: 2014

Pre-trip Gear Testing: Backpack

When I received my new ULA Catalyst in the mail, I stuffed a couch pillow and nine cans of back beans into it, put it on, walked from one end of the house to the other, and called it good. … Continue reading

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Backpacking Wank: Epic Cage Matches

During my months months of research, whenever I found myself getting stressed out or nervous about my upcoming hike, there was always one foolproof thing I could do to relax:  Read the online arguments that continuously erupt in backpacking forums … Continue reading

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Oregon to Georgia

It took me the better part of three weeks to make a final decision on how best to get from southern Oregon to the Amicalola Falls Visitor’s Center. My first and most ambitious plan was to travel by train. I’ve taken … Continue reading

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A Night at the Hiker Hostel

The day before I left, Hiker Hostel called to let me know they’d pick me up at 1pm from the North Springs MARTA station. They kindly warned me the station had no amenities, so I dozed intermittently by baggage claim … Continue reading

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Day 1: Approach Trail – Part #1

Last night Ted warned me he was an early riser. He did not misrepresent himself. The lights went on in the room at 5am, which meant I had a lot of time to kill before breakfast. I think I spent … Continue reading

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Day 1: Approach Trail – Part #2

Date:      Saturday 19 April 2014 Start:      Amicalola Falls Visitor Center          -8.8 miles               Today:              7.3 miles Finish:   Black Gap Shelter    … Continue reading

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Day 1: Approach Trail – Part #3

Date:      Saturday 19 April 2014 Start:      Amicalola Falls Visitor Center          -8.8 miles               Today:              7.3 miles Finish:   Black Gap Shelter    … Continue reading

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