Interesting Links

Yesterday I noted that that post would likely be my last until I hit the trail.  Well, today I finished reading a website that has a lot of great information for thru-hikers, some of which I would agree with, some which I don’t, but I wanted to save the link for the future.  I could bookmark it and there it is for me.  I thought perhaps some of you might be interested in some of the stuff I read about the trail as well, so I am going to post that link here and the main reason why I found it particularly interesting.  From time to time I will update this post with other links and the reasons why they were worthy of saving.


This article is fairly old, so many of the links contained within the article are dead.  One particular line from the article stood out to me.  I have heard a variation of this before, from Clark King, another thru-hiker. Clark told me that the people who make it are usually stubborn.  The quote from the article is:

Luck will be with those who feel they have something to prove, those who are stubborn, and those who are eager for challenge and adventure.”

I think that is true in life as well.  In many cases you make your own luck.

Interesting article from 2013 about, well, basic common sense more than anything.  I suspect I am going to be thankful that I am starting later than the “bubble” of everyone from March 1 to April 15.  Hopefully by the time I catch up to them most of the people that are described in the blog post above have quit the trail and headed home.  First rule of Leave No Trace?  Plan Ahead and Prepare.

A very interesting article about food choices vs weight.  Also has a concluding note that I think is very important.

“Carrying things based on a formula or primarily nutrition can be detrimental psychologically. Managing your brain, your health, your emotions is a balancing act.” – Digger

All of this talk about calculations, weight, calories and nutrition is of no use if you’re not willing to consume whatever is in your pack. If pop-tarts, tortillas and Skittles make you happy, then by all means pack those items. Food plays a huge part in daily life on and off the trail.

Bring on the Oreos!  WOO!

The Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!


This is a post I wanted to write, but I see Andrew Skurka has beaten me to it.  I may end up writing something about this anyway.  However, for now, I just finished reading his and it does hit the mark.  It is amazing to me how many newly minted backpackers there are (it seems that a lot of people decide for their first backpacking trip to thru hike the AT, I could be wrong, but from reading facebook groups, blogs and other things…it appears that way) that are being told light light light.  Nothing wrong with light, in fact it is something we all strive for, however, at least initially on the AT (first 30 to 45 days) you will not be hiking sun up to sun down and will have hours in camp.  I believe it is important to make those hours comfortable as well.  I know many start heavier due to winter gear and then ship that home and go light once the weather warms up.  If cost were no object, it might be smart to start a bit heavier and enjoy the camping piece of the trip and then once you get your trail legs, swap out your kit for a lightweight kit, new pack, tent, everything.  Maybe even go stoveless for that portion of the hike and then as you get to Maine and the hours shorten, bugs get worse, swap out a second time for a heavier setup.  Anyway, here are Andrews comments on this.

What inspires you to backpack? The hiking, the camping, or both?

Been meaning to put together a listing of Thru-Hiker terms in one area so people have a place to look if something is unknown.  Much like internet acronyms, thru-hikers have their own language.  As usual with these ideas, I was not the first to think of it and this dictionary is pretty good.

AT Thru-Hiker Dictionary