How the Appalachian Trail Wrecked My Life | Appalachian Trail Tales

via How the Appalachian Trail Wrecked My Life | Appalachian Trail Tales I was recently asked to write a guest blog for Appalachian Trail Tales, a website hosted by some really awesome people that I've come to know through hiking the Appalachian Trail. The blog is about how hiking on the AT ruined my life, but …

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An Open Letter to Chaco Footwear

Dear Chaco, Your shoes saved my hiking career. During the spring of 2015, I was attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. On one particular evening, while walking down a mountain in Cherokee National Forest in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee, I suffered an injury that would begin a cascade of pain and suffering and ultimately …

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How to have adventures when you’re broke and have to work for a living.

  "How do you take so much time off to hike," I hear often when I tell anyone about my past experiences or future plans. Sometimes it's laced with judgment and comes off snide. Other times, it is sincere - this person wants to know how I do it so they can do it, too. …

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Gear Review: Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock

Basic Specs: Model: Blackbird Lightweight Double Layer Hammock Brand: Warbonnet Outdoors Weight: 1lb 6oz (hammock only) or 1lb 120z (as used with webbing/buckle suspension) Dimensions: 101 inch ridgeline length, 63 inch hammock body width Capacity: 275lb Fabric: 40d Nylon Outer, 20d Nylon Inner Cost: $195 w/suspension (cost has gone up since I purchased 4 years ago, when I believe my cost was …

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