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From AT to Aliens – How I’m Coping Being off Trail

One of the thru-hiking side effects is that you fall behind on current events. Apparently we’re storming Area 51. Here my friends are all worried about me coming across bears on the trail when there are aliens afoot!
I expected there to be a transition period after thru-hiking, and had read about post-trail depression, and yet somehow I’m still not sure how to handle things and what to do. Of course, I didn’t expect that I’d be coming off trail with only one state left so I could recover from an injury. ...

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Summits, Sunsets, and Switchbacks

Franconia Ridge. Here, there be fairies

The ridgeline is so stark and sharp, cutting into the sky with no qualms about whether or not it has a right to be so high up there.  As a SOBO, this was really the last hoorah of the White Mountains, and it was a good one. There is just something truly special about hiking above treeline. When it comes down to it, you are just putting one foot in front of the other like at any other point on the trail, ...

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Notes from the AT Disabled List

“… The problems of the human heart in conflict with itself – only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.”
– William Faulkner
A heart in conflict
“When do we go back to the trail?” I wake up thinking.
“This has been a long stretch of zeroes and we’re going to fall behind. We need to make up miles if we’re going to get to Maine in time…”
Then I really wake up
My blurry morning eyes catch a glimpse of the heavy boot cast on my right leg. ...

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Apparel Review: Kari Traa Women’s Clothing

Kari Traa is a European sportswear brand growing in popularity across the US. As of the past few seasons, a wide selection of the brand’s items can be found at major retailers including REI and Backcountry. I discovered Kari Traa a few years ago when a rep pretty much threw this mid-layer at me at an industry event, and it’s since became one of my favorite layers. This season, I took the opportunity to test and review some newer items. ...

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Gear Review: MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 1

Have you been on the hunt for a lightweight shelter designed for hikers who need bug protection without unnecessary frills? Take a look at the Thru-Hiker Mesh House 1 from Mountain Safety Research. MSR designed this to be pitched with a trekking pole, or used in conjunction with a tarp when rain protection is needed. For those looking for something more than a bivvy, but lighter than many standard one-person tent options, this tent fits perfectly into that niche. ...

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