A 4-Pronged Plan for Getting My Body Ready to Tackle the Trail

I’m 15 weeks out from stepping on the trail.

But I've been busy with indoorsy things—researching gear, making freezer bag meals, bingeing on Goliath and Catastrophe.

And it suddenly dawned on me...

The shit’s about to get real!

So I'm getting real about my training plan.  

Head on over to The Trek to see how this bona fide Physical Therapist (licensed in two states!) is training for her thru-hike.

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Friday Fave: The Rim of the Gap

The Rim of the Gap trail lets you experience a southern style escarpment, or what I call a cliff.

It was a day of chutes and ladders, cliffs and boulders.

And it was a day serenaded by the sound of water dripping off rocks.

In other words, I've found another Top Ten hike close to home and full of wonderful things that's a near-perfect thru-hike training ground.  This hike is FUN!

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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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Friday Fave: Franconia Ridge, White Mountains, NH

This was day two of a five-day trip along the Appalachian Trail through the White Mountains, from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch.

Apparently the rumors of White Mountain ruggedness and ability to challenge even the most seasoned hikers start way down in Georgia. 

But I learned a few years ago that TIARAS give you secret hiking super powers.

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Friday Fave: The Trombatore Trail

The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been quietly buying up land and putting in into conservation easements and we in Western NC are the more fortunate for their work.  

In the twenty years I've lived here, I've never hiked in this area.  

And now there are at least three hikes that are in the rotation and more to explore, thanks to the CMLC.

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Friday Fave: Art Loeb to The Narrows, Shining Rock Wilderness

I'd planned a 10-miler, but then face planted in so many spider webs that I opted for more miles through a fun section of the Art Loeb Trail.

No more spider webs.  Just some amazing fungi and miniature fairyland moments on moss-covered nursery trees.

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