If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail you may be dreaming of ultra-scenic vistas, peaceful streamside campsites, and eating all the candy bars your heart desires without gaining any weight….
One of the biggest fears, and dangers, that hikers face is wildlife. But we need to remember that any animal we encounter on the trail or at a campsite belongs there. We are just passing through.
The goal is to pass through their home as respectfully as possible, not only to help maintain a healthy habitat for them, but also to keep ourselves and other hikers safe by preventing the creation of nuisance animals and provoked attacks.
Our public lands and trails are open to quite a few different kinds of visitors. Ok ok, usually, some areas and trails are restricted as to who can use them.
But most of the time, like it or not, we have to share.
Some of the different types of visitors you may see out on the trail include mountain bikers, horse back riders, hikers, trail runners, and in some places, even ATVers. [Read more…] about Be Considerate Of Other Visitors
Luckily, backpacking is a fairly simple activity to learn, compared to say down hill skiing or rock climbing, but there are a few essential backpacking skills you need to master to stay safe and happy on the trail.
When I announced my plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail to friends and family, I heard this one a lot – ‘what if a bear attacks?’ ‘what if you get eaten by a bear?’
Always asked genuinely, with fear and a little bit of panic behind their voices. [Read more…] about What if a bear attacks on the Appalachian Trail?
I believe having one big, or even not so big, reason to get on the Appalachian Trail will magically bring you closer to whatever it is you’re looking for out there. And that reason will also help you to keep going when the trail gets tough. [Read more…] about Why Hike The Appalachian Trail