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A Thru-Hiker Letter to Covid-19

Dear Covid-19,
Leave. Get out of our bodies. Get off trail. You, Covid-19, YOU #stayhome. This is not a request from the PCTA, but a demand from me, a human. Yes, your potential host demands it.
You’ve made hundreds of thousands of my kind sick. You have killed thousands and you aren’t done yet. You have taken people from their jobs, their future. You’ve caused the media to scramble to keep up with the numbers of infected and the stage of “the curve.”
Covid-19, ...

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COVID-19 Contingency Plan: 4 Hikes to Consider

Seeing thru hikers cancel or postpone their hikes due to COVID-19 is heartbreaking. Considering my thru hike of the JMT begins on July 16th, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s cancelled.
In tune with the stoic book “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday, I’ve compiled a list of potential hikes to replace my coveted JMT thru hike should it be cancelled due to COVID-19.
 
COVID-19 Contingency Plans
1. Timberline Trail
The Timberline Trail is 41.5 mile thru hike loop that circles Mt. ...

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The Trail Is Gone and So Am I

28 March 2020 – Some updates
I wrote most of the post below in Hiawassee during and after my decision to postpone my thru-hike. I have edited and elaborated for clarity since then.
Today, most of my tramily is off the trail. At the moment, I am self-quarantining at home and enjoying books I picked up in Hiawassee. Getting outside is my priority, but it’s difficult to practice social distancing when others are seeking solitude in similar places. ...

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Backpacker Radio 66 | Drunk Q&A with Badger & Chaunce

ackpacker Radio is making good on their promise to get weird.  Today we bring you a drunk Q&A.  Backpacker Radio’s new intern, Elise Ott (hi, that’s me), navigates us through a series of questions, including COVID-19, how we’re handling the self-quarantining, a lot of poop related subjects, thru-hiking purism, and much more.  At the top of the show, one of Chaunce’s friends gives us the poop story to end all poop stories.  This one is our most feral podcasts to date.  ...

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A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, we’ve compiled a list of shuttle drivers and services that are still available to assist Appalachian Trail hikers as they leave the trail.
The ATC has put out a series of statements with requests for hikers to postpone their thru-hikes, leave the trail if they’re already on it, and to not use the Appalachian Trail at all—even for day hikes. Different national parks and forests and regional jurisdictions have also closed sections of trail, ...

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Why Did My Thru-Hike Fail?

Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it.
Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary
precautions in time; this is called bad luck.

                                                                                                  –  Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen won a frantic race to be the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911. His meticulous planning and preparations is often credited as the reason he won the race.
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I had just taken a break from writing this blog post about why my first thru-hiking attempt failed when I came across this quote, ...

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CDTC to Host Virtual Trail Days for Entire Month of April

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) has announced that its sixth annual Trail Days Celebration will now be held virtually via Facebook live stream, due to the initial weekend plans being thwarted by the increasing spread of COVID-19.
The CDT’s gateway communities rely heavily on tourism dollars from thru-hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, yet with the large size of elderly populations and limited medical resources in these areas, the CDTC has asked hikers to stay at home.  ...

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What Thru-Hiking Has Taught Me About Surviving Quarantine

Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be on trail. But I can’t do that safely and ethically right now, so here I am social distancing instead. I don’t know how long we’ll be stuck in quarantine. We might be inside for the long haul, and a lot of the tools we’ve picked up on trail can keep us sane even when it seems like we’re farther from the trail than ever before. 
Quarantine in the Unknown
If you’ve ever tried to plan out every day of your thru-hike all at once before, ...

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