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….
Have you ever heard the term ‘campfire impacts?’
I never had until I started learning more about Leave No Trace. I might date myself a little here and even admit that when I first learned how to go backpacking we were taught to dig out a big old hole in the ground to build a campfire in when backpacking through wilderness areas.
You should definitely not do that anymore, by the way! I’ll explain why below. [Read more…] about What Are Campfire Impacts?
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. [Read more…] about How To Protect Wildlife – And Yourself
Today I want to share one of my hiking fails with you. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of failures on the trail, but my most recent one – was absolutely 100% preventable.
So I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to you! [Read more…] about Self-care Tips For Hikers
One of the most cherished Appalachian Trail thru hiker traditions is dubbing each other with trail names. Most of the hikers I met in 2013 only went by their trail names, and no one even knew each other’s real names!
Some people will try to declare their own trail name – but I find that those don’t usually stick and aren’t nearly as fitting as a trail name someone else gives you. And also…. that’s kinda lame!
So, how do you get a trail name?
Any time you are going out for a hike, whether it’s just for a day hike or a week long trip, you need to plan ahead and prepare for what’s going to happen, so that you aren’t forced into making poor decisions while out on the trail. [Read more…] about Plan Ahead And Prepare