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The days are counting down much faster than I imagined they would and here I sit with around 30 days until I hit the Long Trail. In the past few months the weather in New Hampshire hasn’t been the best for shakedown hikes. The snow pack up north has been relentless and even now in mid-May there are several feet of snow on most of the trails above 2500-feet. I would’ve loved to spend more time up in the Whites in the past few weeks, ...

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Sitting in Cuba waiting for rain. About to hit the start of the snow and it feels like a wall. Trying to figure out what to do next while reflecting on the past month of Trail and the past few years of Trail life. Here’s how it’s all been going.
Day 23
I had an amazingly relaxing zero day in Grants. It was really nice after three weeks of “go, go, go” to intentionally sit and do nothing but watch TV all day. ...

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Appalachian Trials Blog by Jessica Tinios - 4h ago

We left Idyllwild late in the afternoon on Sunday with a plan to hitch back to Paradise Valley Cafe. We agreed to hike no more than five miles so we could maximize our feet’s chances of healing. Our time relaxing in town had already done us a world of good, and the insoles I bought for arch support made an instantaneous, miraculous difference. We wound up stopping at a tent site near a small stream about four miles in and eating our dinner on large sandstone rocks under pink and orange skies. ...

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Appalachian Trials Blog by Scott Benerofe - 6h ago

I’ve walked over 1000 miles now and it is hard to put into words. My feet are a size larger, my beard is covering my face, my drive to reach Maine is unwaivering.
I’ve had my highs and lows over the last 1000 miles and as I leave Virginia, a state that is roughly 550 miles and a quarter of the trail, I have been thinking about what’s keeping me going. Reaching Maine has been such a big goal of mine for so long that moving north does not feel like a choice but a compulsion. ...

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“When the snow falls and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives” GOT
I have my experience with snow, coming from Germany and traveling in various countries around the world, that get covered in a great white blanket every so often, has definitely taught me a thing or two about snow! But the Sierras are a whole new level! When I got to Kennedy Meadows I did my research on what the snow situation was in the High Sierras! ...

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As promised we’ve compiled a list of all of our gear for anyone who cares! Hiking as a couple has allowed us to share certain items and split weight between two packs. Our sleep system and tent will be shared along with our cook set.
Our Big 3 Include:
Tent: Big Agnes UL2
Sleep System: Enlightened Equipments Accomplice 20 degree 2 person quilt and Exped Synmat Duo 2 person sleeping pad.
Packs: Gregory Octal 45 liter and Osprey Exos 58 liter

Electronics and Gadgets
-Anker Power Core 26800 with chords
-Cannon G9x Mark II Camera
-Camera Charger and Batteries (3)
-Casio Watch (Cody)
-Timex Watch (Kelsey)
-Black Diamond Headlamps
-Guthook Guides
-iPhone XR (1 each)
-Charging Blocks (3)
-FitBit Zip (Kelsey)

Kitchen
-Katadyn Be Free Water Filter (1 each)
-MSR Pocket Rocket w/ 2 liter pot
-Lighter (2)
-Platypus 1 liter (Cody 3, ...

The post Some Love It and Some Hate It… PCT Gear List 2019 appeared first on The Trek.

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Hi! Who Are You?
Hi everyone! I’m Cassidy Camp, a 23 year old gal born in Idaho, but I’ve bopped around between Washington State, Florida, and most recently, Ohio. I have a huge heart for music and theater having been a vocalist in a band from age 12 to 18 and performing on stage too many times to count. I’m passionate to my core about animals, both domestic and wild – I volunteered at a wild bird center helping rehabilitate sick and injured wild birds in my younger years and served as a foster mom for kittens too young to be adopted while I pursued my degrees at Florida State University. ...

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Appalachian Trials Blog by Scott Benerofe - 20h ago

I’ve walked over 1000 miles now and it is hard to put into words. My feet are a size larger, my beard is covering my face, my drive to reach Maine is unwaivering.
I’ve had my highs and lows over the last 1000 miles and as I leave Virginia, a state that is roughly 550 miles and a quarter of the trail, I have been thinking about what’s keeping me going. Reaching Maine has been such a big goal of mine for so long that moving north does not feel like a choice but a compulsion. ...

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”When the snow falls and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives” GOT

I have my experience with snow, coming from Germany and traveling in various countries around the world, that get covered in a great white blanket every so often, has definitely taught me a thing or two about snow! But the Sierras are a whole new level! When I got to Kennedy Meadows I did my research on what the snow situation was in the High Sierras! ...

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Climbing Out of Paradise
After almost three weeks off, I finally hit the trail again. I started where I had gotten picked up, Paradise Valley Cafe. I knew that water was going to be less frequent on trail between the cafe and Idyllwild. It was a hard day of constant uphill hiking but I stopped at a little oasis of cedar trees and a spring. It was a mile side trail but totally worth it.

The next day I woke up and powered up some more hills. ...

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