Category Archives: Appalachian Trail

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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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 #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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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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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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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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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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Pre-trip Gear Testing: Baby’s First Alcohol Stove

Growing up, camping meant taking a pop-up travel trailer up the North Umpqua River or along the south Oregon coast and eating whatever my mother cooked in her cast-iron skillet over an open fire or anything I picked up off … Continue reading

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Pre-trip Gear Testing: Sleeping Outside

I try very hard to accept that other people’s lived experiences may be different from my own. That being said, I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a small part of me convinced that a person who claims to sleep … Continue reading

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Pre-trip Gear Testing: Tent, Pad, Bag

I didn’t do any actual hiking with all my new gear before I started the trail, but I did make sure I tried everything out at least once, and I spent a few nights camping in my parents’ back yard. … Continue reading

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