Lauralee Bliss is here to help fellow hikers by offering wisdom, ideas, and lessons learned from a two-time AT North and South, Long Trail, Foothills Trail, Allegheny Trail, Shenandoah 500 miler completions. Ridgerunner, Speaker, and Author
This was the first multi night hike I have done since being in
a car wreck early last year after just
finishing the Florida Trail. I had gone out
for two overnights since then but nothing like this. I am of
a determined mind
that I can do what I set myself up to do – which for this hike was to hopefully
finish much of PA (working right now on my third hike of the AT). But hikes don’t
Other hiker gear lists
You never can have too many to compare! Sharing this post from our files of an alternate gear list for an Appalachian Trail thru hike.
This hiker's start was in February, but keep in mind that winter conditions can persist on the trail all throughout the spring. So far its been wet out there for 2019, so prepare mentally as well.
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It's coming! The spring backpacking season. Use or adapt this gear list to prepare for a spring backpacking adventure in the east.
Backpacking Gear List
Compiled By “Blissful”
Backpack, pack cover, trash liner
bag, hiking poles
Sleeping bag (15-20 degree rating
but depends on season), compression sack or good waterproof sack for
has come and gone. Hard to believe. When 2017 ended, I was coming off a great
year of hiking, from the palmettos of Florida to the grand Rockies of the Colorado
Trail, plus ridgerunning in Shenandoah National Park.
2018 saw me return
to the Florida Trail to complete the 500 mile long section of the Panhandle in January
and February and thus finish the whole trail. The Panhandle
“Do I Need to Be in Physical Shape to Hike?”- a young hiker
asked tentatively on social media.
I responded in the thread – “No. The trail will help in that.”
And was rebuked in front of all. I was informed that is bad
advice. Dangerous advice. Advice that can put that hiker in jeopardy. Make them
miserable and quit. I had no business saying that. Of course
they need to be in
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When you are out hiking for days, weeks, even months on end, thoughts of food occupy your mind day and night. So it was on our adventure on the Appalachian Trail. Knowing you are burning upwards of 4-6,000 calories per day hiking, it's nearly impossible to carry that much food to satisfy your need for nutrition. And eating meals trailside, day after day, one looks for creative ways to get the
I was so excited to hit the trail again. It had been several
months since my car accident that had caused major back issues. I had been out
once for an overnight during the summer, but for a few quick miles. I was ready
to hit the trail for some fairly good walking and cover about 70 miles in four
days. It had been a trail I’d done so many times, I had it memorized. The
What a great country we live in, full of beauty in both nature
and in humankind. And what better way to experience it all than through a hike,
long or short, on a National Scenic Trail. 2018 marks the golden anniversary of this great trail system.
So what sets a National Scenic Trail apart? To earn this
revere designation, the trail must be over 100 miles and reveal outstanding beauty,