Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Heads up, nutrition sticklers! We'll need more than PopTarts to fuel this thing known as a thru hike. Here are the nutrition powerhouses I'll have with me on my 2,000 mile stroll.  

I'm going to need all the help I can get!

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What are Your Favorite Trail Panties?

What you put on your booty matters out on the trail.  

Especially for women who find themselves, ahem, repositioning their booty-covers many times a day as they strive to stay hydrated on a long trek.

I've found the secret that makes pulling up after a pee a delight, even when you're sweaty and everything is soggy and wet down there.

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Essential Oils on the Trail...For the Sake of the Knees

Setting yourself up for a successful thru-hike means anticipating some of the unfortunate events that could happen and preparing yourself accordingly, like GI disasters or infected blisters.

Having at least a rudimentary first aid kit in your pack is a good idea.

I'm not one for pharmaceuticals, though I do love a good hit of Advil once in a while, so in this post I give you some essential oil alternatives to popping pills on the trail.

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Friday Five: 5 Things to do 5 Months before You Hike

Each week I'll be sharing five things about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail that I've discovered, learned, heard about, realized or gleaned as I'm immersed in planning my own thru-hike.

This week, I share five things to do five months before you get on the trail.  Number five may surprise you!

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Friday Fave: Why in the world would you want to do that?

This was our first overnighter in the White Mountains this season.  Steve Smith, the guru of all things White Mountain hiking, called this one “the most grueling section of the AT in the White Mountains.”

Oh, goody!

This should be fun.

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Friday Fave: Camp on a Cliff, Hope Boulders Stay Put

Mt. Guyot transformed from Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll overnight. 

Today, we got skies parting, angels singing and a glorious day for a walk in the wood.

Plus, cornbread.

It doesn't get any better than that.

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Friday Fave: I Play a Part in a White Mountain Love Story

Way back at Liberty Springs Tent Site, we chatted with Quinn, the Caretaker, a lovely young woman who didn't seem to mind answering questions she'd probably been asked a thousand times about what it's like to spend the summer using a privy that "flushes" with mulch.  

She asked me to deliver a message to a boy at the Guyot Shelter.  Of course I said yes!  What fun to play a tiny role in a White Mountain love story.   

She entrusted me with a tiny square of paper folded a couple of times with "Jimmy" penned elegantly on the top.

I tucked it into my hip belt where I knew it would be safe and off we went.  It would be two days before we reached the Guyot Shelter.

The question was:  would the note survive the trek?

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