Post Hike Gear Talk (Newfound Gap to Max Patch)


I recently headed out for a (much-needed) 4 day section hike along the Appalachian Trail. I covered 50 miles, starting at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and finished on the beautiful bald called Max Patch. This hike was a bit different for me in that I actually added a few “luxury” items to my pack to increase my overall weight. I know, that’s weird, but I did so intentionally due to the GORUCK Challenge that I am preparing for in December. Continue reading

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October ’14 AT Section Hike (Newfound Gap to Max Patch)

P1050009Last Tuesday night I pulled up into the Newfound Gap parking area around 10 PM. My backpack was all packed up, propped up in the back seat. Beside that was a duffel bag with clean clothes for after my hike, and next to that, a blanket and a pillow. I had decided to simply sleep in my car that night, which would save money on a hotel room (especially since it would have only been for a mere 5 – 6 hour stay), and would easily allow me a bright and early start on my hike the next morning. Continue reading

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Why do I hike?


I hike to live, although, I don’t necessarily live to hike…

I hike to love, and yes, I do love to hike… but it’s not that simple… there’s so much to that…

I don’t really know all the reasons why I hike… I do know, though, that when I am not hiking, I find myself wishing I were… I fill a good deal of my time off the trail, playing with gear, altering gear lists, testing gear at home (or in the yard), and of course, I also find myself sifting through various online backpacking forums, backpacking blogs, and even outdoor stores! And I’m always thinking about that next trip… what do I need, what will the hike itself be like, etc… no matter how far off it may be… Continue reading

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Where am I going, & what am I taking?

In 10 days I will be heading out to complete another 67 miles of the Appalachian Trail! I will begin at 441/Newfound Gap, and will finish at Hot Springs a few days later. After completing this section, I will then have a total of 273.9 continuos miles along the AT completed. Of course though, there are a few sections within this section that I have hiked multiple times, as well as the section between Iron Mtn Gap & US19E that I hiked in 2012 too. Hopefully, I will be able to pick up this 88 mile section between Hot Springs and Iron Mtn Gap on my next hike…. Continue reading

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First Look @ the Montbell Ex Light Anorak

P1040969As I mentioned in my last update, I was thinking about picking up the new Montbell Ex Light Down Anorak… and I did. As I mentioned, I have lost quite a bit of weight (45 lbs to be exact) and I found that my older UL Down Inner Parka, as well as my newer, Ex Light, were a bit baggier on me than I felt they should be (both in sizes XL). So, I bit the bullet, and picked up the new Ex Light Anorak in a size large, and put the other 2 pieces up for sale. (The UL Down Inner Parka has already sold, but the Ex Light is still available.) Continue reading

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Updates… & Stuff…

The days grow longer, yet time still remains the same… Continue reading

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