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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A Formula for Eating Well on the Trail (And a Free Cookbook for You)

Enough, already.  No more Chili Mac!

Customize your own freeze dried meals and eat exactly the food that nourishes you and titillates your taste buds after a long day on the trail.

It's simple.  It's easy.  And there's no actual cooking involved?

I’ve cracked the freeze-dried meal code and today I give you the formula I use for putting together meals that you’ll actually be excited to eat.

Fire up your pocket-rocket...dinner's on.

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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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I'm Thinking About Having an Affair

Don't tell my tent, but I'm having a clandestine affair with a hammock.

It was a tough decision to make.  I thought it through, trying not to let my emotions get the best of me. I crunched the data--weights and costs.  Pros and cons.  Whoopies and webbing.

It's all here.  Plus, the one thing it ultimately boils down to when deciding between a tent and a hammock.

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Try Not to Overthink Your Itinerary

Try not to overthink your itinerary (she says as she calculates mileages, crunches numbers and estimates arrival times to trail towns along the way).

Today I share my own itinerary and I offer a link to a worksheet where you can create your own.

Trust me...after crunching the numbers, I'm convinced that walking from Georgia to Maine in a season is totally doable for mortals and slow hikers alike.

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Gear Review: Lightheart Solo Tent

I finally had a chance to try out my new tent, the Lightheart Gear Solo, this past week on an overnight trek along the Art Loeb Trail.  (Two words:  ball buster.  The hike, not the tent.)

Here's what I thought about it--the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Gear Review: Klymit Static V Insulated Ultra Light Pad

And Ruby’s hips gonna hafta be happy when she's sleeping out in the woods.

So when I bought a sleeping pad sight unseen off the interwebs, I didn't hold my breath.

But I'm really pleased with my new Klymit pad.  Keep reading to find out why and to see how it compares to the most popular ultralight sleeping pad on the market.

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What's in My Backpacking Kitchen

My motto is "Hike Strong.  Hike Long.  Hike Happy."  

And to achieve it, you have to navigate the delicate balancing act of paring down what's in your pack but still saving room for little luxuries that will satisfy the happy part of this equation. 

On the one hand, lightening your load will help you hike long.

On the other hand, eating well on the trail is, for me, near the pinnacle of hiking happy. 

I've pared my trail kitchen down to a tiny, cozied package, so read on to see what's inside.

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