Friday Five: Five + Five Resupply Points, No Hitching, No Problem

Five months before my start date and I’m contemplating resupply.

Resupply is a big topic.  Today I just wanted to share a tiny chunk.

I offer five + five (ten!) resupply points along the AT that are, literally, along the AT.  No hitchhiking required.  You hardly have to break stride because you’ll be walking right past many of them anyway.  

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What's in My Bounce Box

If I can't wear a towel while I'm doing laundry on the trail, what will I wear?

Such is the the dilemma of the thru-hiker, who only has one set of clothes (that desperately need washing).

For this, some genius invented the bounce box.

What is it and what do I put in it?  Today, I answer the question.

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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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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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