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Introduction to Backpacking: My Fears, Therapy, and Friends

A Change of Plans
I originally planned to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2018. I spent most of 2017 planning, prepping, and purchasing gear for the trip. In August 2017, I learned that my husband’s job was relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, and my dreams of hiking the PCT were put on hold. I experienced conflicting feelings about our new circumstances; I was excited to live in and explore a new place, but was mourning the loss of my family, ...

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Caesar Dressing

Caesar is the gateway salad. Even the staunchest of veggie skeptics cannot deny the appeal of buttery croutons, crisp romaine, salty Parmesan cheese, and that oh-so-addictive creamy Caesar Dressing. This homemade Caesar dressing recipe has all the richness and flavor you’ve come to expect, but it’s healthy and easy to make too! Although I adore […]

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When are hiking boots better than trail runners?

Trail runners are all the rage in the hiking and backpacking community, but there are times when hiking boots really are better than trail runners. If you’re on the fence about whether to switch to trail runners or use them, take the time to figure out what works best for you and what the conditions …

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Google Maps Doesn’t Understand Forest Service Road

The weekend started out simple enough.
We made a trip to Springer Mountain this weekend and drove up to the trailhead to check out the road conditions and do some hiking in the area. It was raining on Saturday but that was OK; we hiked in the rain and had a good day. Sunday we decided to drive up to the trailhead via  Forest Service Roads 28 and 42, which was how Google directed us to go. ...

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My Preparation as a Newbie Backpacker

When I decided in April 2019  to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I didn’t realize how much work goes into preparing for your first thru-hike. I quickly realized I was vastly unprepared for what was ahead. Luckily, I had 11 months to prepare for this crazy adventure.
Gear
When I made the decision to attempt my thru-hike in 2020, I had absolutely no gear. I didn’t even have a sleeping bag. I needed everything. I started doing research on what previous thru-hikers used, ...

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5 Classic Multi-Pitch Climbs for Beginners

Every rock climber starts somewhere. Alex Honnold didn’t start his career free-soloing until he had countless multi-pitch climbs under his belt. Tommy Caldwell didn’t send the Dawn Wall on his first day out at the crag and neither should you. If you have dreams of scaling the big walls in Yosemite Valley or attempting daring […]
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