An interesting phenomenon in the backpacking community is fear mongering on the trail. Even more so, our ability to buy into it so quickly.
Several years ago, we hiked the Buffalo River Trail. The first section of trail had more elevation change than we expected or were conditioned for. As we worked our way up one particularly steep section (for Arkansas), we met a man coming down the hill.
He said, “Just wait until you hit the first hill on the next section!”
Continue reading “There’s Someone In My Head And It’s Not Me”
Whether you are a thru-hiker, section hiker, ultralight or heavy weight, one constant every backpacker will face is, “What will I eat on the trail?”
Our challenge is finding something that tastes better than cardboard, can be made from a few ingredients, and requires less than a commercial kitchen to make!
Here are a few trail meals that are light to carry, easy to make and actually taste good!
Continue reading “You Are Going To Starve Out There!”
How many of us have the heart of a thru hiker, but reality (finances and responsibilities) force us to hike vicariously through others? And… the nearest National Scenic Trail is 600 miles away.
Truth is, we don’t have to hike 2,000 miles with $4,000 of ultralight gear to enjoy backpacking. Backpacking twenty miles on a weekend is a great opportunity! We just have five zero days to plan our next hike!
This is the story of my last hike.
Continue reading “Do You Have The Frustrated Heart Of A Thru Hiker?”