Sharing the Load

When Kyle and I began hiking together we pretty quickly fell into patterns and practices that we have continued to use whenever we backpack.  We each ended up having our own roles that needed to be filled every single day, our own sets of tasks and chores. I am the alarm clock and I wake […]

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Where Do I Go When I’m Not Posting?

Clearly I have been slacking on the blog posts.  When I am not posting once or twice a week you can assume that I am off working tirelessly to make that money.  Which brings me to something we haven’t talked about yet in our planning process… money.  Yes, that’s right, it’s not free to hike […]

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PCT Permit: Check (Fingers crossed)

On February first the PCTA finally launched their PCT permit system.  For months now the PCT Permit page has simply outlined information regarding the different permits needed and promised that the permit application would open sometime in early February.  Last Friday I got a facebook message from Kyle: “Have you seen this yet?” with a […]

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Another Shoe Update?!?

That’s right.  Another shoe update. So last time we talked about shoes Kyle and I had spent three or so hours at REI trying different brands and models on.  We had finally settled on the Pearl Izumi trail runners.  Well it turns out those didn’t work out so well.  Kyle wore his to the gym […]

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For Women’s Eyes Only: Thru Hiking Specifics

I wanted to do a post that pertained to a couple of specific things that women experience on trail.  So any men reading this, you have been warned and you may stop now and walk away, but if you have a girlfriend, wife, daughter… these aren’t bad things to know.  So let’s begin with one […]

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Advice From My Past Self To My Future Self

Kyle and I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail two years, four months, and ten days ago. Now we are about four months away from our next thru hike.  We would be idiots to not have learned anything from our first go at it, so here are the things that my past AT self learned and […]

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The Why: Continuing to Grapple With “Why” We Hike

People always want to know about the AT vs the PCT.  They want to know about the stats on the trails, which one is longer, which one is harder, which one has more elevation gain and nastier bugs.  But shockingly very few people think to ask if our reasons for hiking the two trails are […]

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Update on the Start Date

SO I know that a couple of posts ago I discussed a couple of different start dates, one before my brothers graduation around April 15th and one after my brothers graduation around May 10th.  Then a couple of posts later I announced that we had decided to start around April 15th, which would set us up […]

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The Why: My First Attempt at Explaining Why We Hike

The other day one of my friends called me “emotionally buoyant” on the phone.  She is right, I am generally happy, despite sometimes trying, boring, repetitive circumstances (aided, of course, by a relatively easy middle class white girl existence).  I am able to keep a positive attitude, always with a goal in sight.  Sure, I […]

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