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Josh

I turned 40 and realized I needed to change my life from being a desk-bound IT worker slowly dying in a cubicle. I have been working on ways to build my knowledge and skills, along with gear. I have plans to do a thru-hike on the Lone Star Hiking Trail, Ouachita Trail, and Pinhoti Trail in the next year.

LSHT: How Long to Thru-Hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail

How long does it take to thru-hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail? This is a question that many people who want to hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail have asked before they start their journey. We will go into detail and show how many days you would need to complete this trail. For most thru-hikers, …

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Double Wall vs Single Wall Tents: Benefits and Drawbacks

Choosing between a single wall tent and a double wall is not easy, especially when you are planning your next thru-hike. There are many factors to consider so it can be difficult to know which option is best for you. We will discuss the benefits of each piece of gear so that you can make …

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Hiker Midnight: Taking A Break in the Darkness

Hikers in the dark are often met with a feeling of trepidation and fear because they can’t see what’s coming up ahead on the trail. However, hiker midnight also has many benefits: it creates opportunities to enjoy night sounds, experience night on the trail, allows hikers to bond at shelters, and get that all-needed, recuperative …

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What is a Shakedown Hike? (Gauging Gear & Prep)

For anyone looking to accomplish a thru-hike planning and prepping your gear and choosing which to keep with you and what can be left is vital to having an optimized backpack and is something everyone should focus on in the months leading to a thru-hike. Shakedown hikes represent the best opportunity to find the gear …

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AT Showers: Managing Your Filth Level While on the Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a challenge for anyone who takes it on, but managing your personal hygiene can be even more difficult. With so much time spent in close contact with other hikers, you’ll need to take care of yourself if you want to avoid developing odors that are far from pleasant. In this blog …

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AT Thru Hiker Guide: Managing Device Power on Trail

If you are a long-distance hiker on the Appalachian Trail, one of your main concerns will be how to keep all your electronic devices charged as you use them for multiple functions. The answer? Well, it depends on what kind of electronic device(s) you have and where along the entire trail you are at. We …

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