Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:41 pm

Insistent on not being completely skin and bones after finishing my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I regularly carried (and ate) a lot of food on the Appalachian Trail. Often, this resulted in having two completely full 13 L food bags after resupplying in town.

Before starting, I had a pretty good sense of what my food plan would be on the Trail, and with only a few exceptions, it didn’t change very much as I made progress up the Trail.

Read on, to see what a typical day of food for me looked like.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 2:42 pm

The backbone of my communication, internet, and mapping needs on the Appalachian Trail was, not surprisingly, my iPhone 6s.

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Rhododendron Tunnel
Sunday, November 13, 2016 11:39 pm
Location: Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest (8.0 miles)
Hike: Day Hikes

Slightly restless (and having already gained back all eight pounds I lost on the Appalachian Trail), I decided I needed to get out hiking more often, especially now that my knees and feet seem to have recovered, and I can walk down the stairs in my house without feeling like I’m about to fall over.

While there’s still a few trails vaguely near my house I haven’t hiked yet, I’ve long exhausted most of the hiking trails within a half hour drive. Since I’d much prefer to hike something new than retread old ground, I decided the solution was to join a hiking group, With other people in the mix (and someone else doing the planning), it’s a lot easier to consider hikes further afield, especially point-to-point hikes (as opposed to loops or out-and-back).

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Friday, November 11, 2016 11:30 am

My Apple Watch Sport was one of the few electronic devices I brought on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I brought it mostly for the novelty and for the (expected to be inaccurate) activity tracking, but it actually turned out to be far more useful than I anticipated.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:11 pm

When I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail, one of the choices I was faced with was what electronic devices I should take with me. The more I took, the more weight I would have to carry, and the more dependent I’d be on power outlets. As much “fun” as it might have been to have my laptop — which would have made writing blog posts way faster — it would have been entirely impractical weight-wise. After not really much deliberation, decided on five pieces of tech: my phone, my watch, a headlamp, a battery (and power adaptor), and a solar charger (and the necessary cables to connect everything).

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