Before we left on our AT journey, several people asked us if we were sure we sure we wanted to hike as a couple, to be together day and night, in the woods, with no regular showers … for 6 months!?? Were we crazy?
Not in the least. When Sunsets and I quit our Dallas jobs and moved to Costa Rica, we went from being apart from each other all day during the work week, to being together all the time, all week long! Yes, it was an adjustment, but now we’re so used to it that it actually feels weird if we are not together. Also, we’ve been married for 23 years and Sunsets is my best friend. A better question might be why would I thru-hike without my partner? (more…)
UPDATE: This GIVEAWAY is now closed. Congrats to the winners(!): Mary Furbee (water bottle holder), Norma Corry (water bottle holder) and Anje Carlisle (cell phone holder). We used Random.org to pick the winners. Please contact us ASAP for your addresses so we can send these out to you! Thanks! – Chica & Sunsets
We get questions all the time about our fabulous water bottle holders that attach to the front shoulder strap of our backpacks. We had these hand-made for us by Justin Anderson. He makes them out of his home – buys, cuts and sews the fabric himself. This is his design, and man is it awesome! Also, we love supporting Appalachian Trail cottage industries. (more…)
We all know about the Big 3 and everyone is aware of the necessary clothes to take on a thru-hike. But no one really talks about the small items that can make or break a person’s will. Sometimes identified as backpacking luxury items, those that rely on them know how much of a necessity they are. (more…)
Chica recently posted her finalized and post-hike gear list. As per usual, I am a couple of weeks behind. Hey, you’re lucky I got off my butt and posted anything. I can be quite lazy. Below you will find my Appalachian Trail thru-hike gear list.
The list includes everything I started with, items I sent home and got back, as well as gear I sent home never to return. I also provide mini reviews and commentary where I have something to say. At a minimum I will let you know what gear I Loved, Liked, found Meh, or Hated. (more…)
Hi guys! I’ve done a Youtube video on my post trail thru-hike gear list (I actually did it while we were on the trail, but towards the end of our journey). Here is the written and itemized list – for any of you who want the specifics. Video is posted again at the end. My pack weight was 27 pounds (which included 4 days of food and 2 liters of water). (more…)
One thing is for certain, if you are out hiking for longer than a day you will need to deal with gathering, treating, and storing water. You need a water system and the Sawyer Squeeze filter is one of the most popular clean water solutions for the long distance hiker.