To be, or not to be. Miserable, that is.

A big part of preparing for a thru-hike and setting oneself up for success lies in getting your head right.  

Once you’re prepared mentally and you’ve wrapped your head around the fact that it’s going to be tough--maybe even the hardest thing you've ever done--then you can make some choices about what you’ll do, or what you’ll carry, to vanquish misery.

Some of it fits in your pack.  But some of it doesn't weigh an ounce.

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The Plight of the AT Purist

A few weeks ago, I went to Damascus, VA to take a course that was supposed to help me get ready for my thru-hike.  The term “purist” came up a few times.

The course instructor felt like people had come to use that term in a derogatory way.

Maybe.  But should we really GAF what other people think about how we hike?  I think not.

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Why I'm Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail

I've just finished reading Appalachian Trials by Zach Davis.  (Read my book review here.)

Using a classic coaching first step, he encourages thru-hiker wannabes like me to spell out our why.

Here's my why.

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