Deuce of Spades, Update & Give Away!

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In the early part of 2014, I came across the Deuce of Spades on Kickstarter. Now, I will admit, on most of my hikes I usually end up near a privy (they’re all along the AT), but there has also been a number of times in which I found myself poppin’ a squat next to a fallen tree… As well, in these moments, I have had great success in finding a nearby stick to dig the appropriate sized hole to do my business in… So, I haven’t really “needed” a potty trowel, but when I came across these, at only 0.6 oz, and only $15 (Kickstarter price), I thought why not… Continue reading

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My Suunto Core, 2 Years Later…

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I have now had my Suunto Core All Black Military watch for just over 2 years (2 years & 2 months to be close to exact). It has been my every day watch, and of course, my go-to watch for backpacking, since the day it showed up in my mailbox. Before purchasing this watch, I was sporting a High Gear Axio Max watch, which was a nice watch, however, some of the functions of the Suunto Core seemed to be more what I was after. So, in my search, I found a Suunto Core for $60 off its suggested price of $300, and in the color configuration I wanted, the negative display, so I bought it. Continue reading

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Post Hike Gear Talk: January 2015 – Hot Springs to Max Patch

Last weekend I met up with a few friends and continued my hike a few miles farther north along the Appalachian Trail. On day 1 we began our hike from the parking lot below Max Patch, and hiked ~7 miles to Walnut Mtn Shelter, in which we spent the coldest night I have ever spent on the trail, 6 F (inside the shelter, and minus wind chill). On the morning of day 2, we continued to follow the snow-covered trail for 9.9 miles, where we set up our tents near the blue-blazed trail leading to Deer Park Mtn Shelter. The highs for the day were maybe mid 30’s, however, that night, the temps only dropped to 22 F. On the last day, we continued dropping elevation for the last 3.2 miles of the hike, before being dumped right into the middle of Hot Springs, NC. Continue reading

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AT Section Hike: Max Patch to Hot Springs

IMG_0714Last Thursday morning a buddy that I have been talking to for the last several months about backpacking made his way to my house around 8 am. He was finally getting out for his first hike, and it looked like things were going to be memorable! The weather was looking great, albeit a bit nippy, and since the leaves have all fallen from the trees, there would be views along the entire trail. As well, we were starting out on top of Max Patch, one of the most beautiful area’s that I have been to on the AT so far, and we were finishing up in Hot Springs, a great little trail town where we were guaranteed a warm, delicious, celebratory breakfast at the famous Smoky Mountain Diner!

For me, this is a continuation of my AT section hike… slowly ticking off another small piece of the trail here and there… After completing this hike, I have now completed the AT all the way from Amicalola Falls to Hot Springs, or 274.4 miles! And yeah, it is only a small portion of the entire length of the trail (~12.5%), but I’ll get there… :) Continue reading

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2014 in Review

Thanks to everyone who has visited my blog. I appreciate everyones support, and enjoy reading through the comments. I am looking forward to the new year, and excited about what it holds!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 390,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 17 days for that many people to see it.

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Post Hike Gear Talk: BIAS Weight Weenie Micro Hammock

P1050255Last weekend I decided to take the kids with me on an overnight hike on the AT. To be clear, this hike wasn’t really about miles, or even gear really, it was about getting the kids outdoors, and spending some time with them. However, I had recently received a Butt in a Sling Weight Weenie Micro Hammock, and I figured this would be as good a time as any to give it a try… So, for this post hike gear talk, I decided to focus on some of my thoughts after using this hammock… and I had a few! Continue reading

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