Thanks go to Andrew and Monica, who gave me a ride to the bus station. Right now, I'm on my way up to Vermont.
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I was interviewed by Suzan Bond for the Indiedotes podcast. We talked about my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in the context of lessons that can be applied to goal and career management. This was the first podcast I’ve ever been on, and it was fun talking with Suzan. Check it out!
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Since the gear I took with me on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike last year worked out quite well, I’m using most of the same equipment on this year’s Long Trail thru-hike. There are, however, a few changes I’m making to my gear selection to make it a little more lightweight. Combined, my gear changes reduce my base pack weight by around two pounds and free up quite a fair bit of space, so it’s not nearly overflowing when filled with food.
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Since no thru-hike is complete without a gear list, what follows is the list of gear I’m taking with me on my Long Trail thru-hike. Most of this gear I took with me on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike last year, though a few pieces are new. I’ve also written on the details of what gear changed, and why.
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Yesterday, I revisited Sugarloaf Mountain, the nearest actual mountain to my house. I was there last year for the second test hike for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, so it seemed an excellent place to visit for a test hike for my upcoming Long Trail thru-hike. So, for the first time since September, I loaded my pack with all my gear and started hiking.
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