After years of thinking about it, months of planning and too few practice hikes, Kendall and I completed a section hike on the Appalachian Trail a week ago (or as I like to think about it a through hike of the Shenadoah National Park ;-).
We both learned alot about hiking, about ourselves and about each other. Â I am not quite ready to say that I want to find a way to do a through hike quite yet, but I definately want to find a way to do another section sometime in the next year our so. Â Thinking the Smokies since it’s close and also pretty well defined where to start / stop or maybe the Whites in New Hampshire (if we decide to go to Porcfest again I could combine it with that trip).
Probably not much here for seasoned hikers, since this was our first serious hike. Â But if you haven’t developed trail legs or experienced hiker hunger, but are thinking about it, take a listen to hear about our experience fresh off the trail. Â We got an hour into it and only got halfway through the trip, so there will be a part 2 (and maybe a part 3) coming soon where we will finish up and share some lessons learned.
A few pics from the first few days on the trail
Show Notes / Gear Links:
- SNP Recommended Hikes
- The base plan we used (but reversed it since we were SOBO)
- Guthook app (highly recommended!)
- Darwin on the Trail (check out his YouTube Channel too)
- Granite Gear Crown 60 Pack
- Kelty Red Cloud 90 PackÂ (this is the current version… the one I used is at least 5 years old, so a few revisions back. Â Way too much pack for this sort of trip, but I had it already so used it)
- Â ALPS Zephyr Single Person Tent
- Kelty Tuck 22 Sleeping Bag