For the last few years now Cesar, from Cesar and the Woods, and I have been talking back and forth via email mostly, but also through comments on each of our blogs, or on our YouTube channels. Cesar is an ultra lightweight backpacker located in Sweden, so between our passion for the same activity (UL backpacking), yet the totally different locations, we have a lot to talk about and share. Some time ago, Cesar began doing some “Back 2 Back” YouTube videos in which he picked a topic to discuss, made a video with his thoughts, then asked another blogger/YouTuber to follow-up… He asked me about doing a series with him some time back, and we have finally gotten around to it!
He has been thinking about section hiking vs thru hiking, and the differences in the communities of each “group.” He doesn’t get to meet a lot of thru hikers in his area, however, being that I enjoy hiking along the AT, it is a very common thing to meet them… in fact, right now, the uncommon thing would be NOT to meet any!
Now, keep in mind, neither of us are thru hikers, so these thoughts are brought to you from a section hikers POV. I believe that he has done a bit longer sections than I have on his hikes, as well, he is also more of a solo hiker than I am, but we both have a fair amount of backpacking experience under our belt. (So for the thru hikers reading this, or watching the videos, please feel free to respond – even with your own video if so desired!)
So, to keep from jabbering on and on here in the text, let me just get to it… Here is Cesar’s initial video to get the series going:
(Also, check out his short blog post on his blog HERE. And it looks like he is going to do another response video…)
And here is my response:
Like I said, for anyone watching, or reading, please feel free to post your own thoughts to these questions below:
- What qualifies as a section hike/thru hike?
- Do you find that there is a divide/differentiation between the 2 groups/communities?
- What are some things that hold you back from doing a thru hike?
- If your stars aligned, which long trail would you thru hike (first)?
- What is your Big 3 that you would carry on that hike?
Thanks for stopping by!