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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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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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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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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