Feet – the Achilles Heel of Thru-Hiking, how we thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail without getting ANY blisters

Feet – the Achilles Heel of Thru-Hiking, how we thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail without getting ANY blisters

You know what’s crazy? I hiked 2,189.8 miles without EVER getting a blister. Not even one! You know what’s even more crazy? Neither did my hiking partner, my husband – Sunsets. We were on the trail for 179 days, taking 21 zero days, and did not change our system the whole way through. Sunsets’ shoe/sock system is slightly different than mine, so he’ll add a note at the bottom of this post, but otherwise we did everything else the same. (more…)

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5 Backpacking Luxury Items That Can Save Your Sanity

5 Backpacking Luxury Items That Can Save Your Sanity

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…)

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Salomon’s Shoe Service is Solid as a Rock

Salomon’s Shoe Service is Solid as a Rock

I’m a Salomon type of Chica. 4 pairs in just under 2 years, in fact. I first tried the Salomon XMission3’s when I was training-hiking in Costa Rica, and then in Wisconsin. I started my AT NOBO (northbound) thru-hike with my 2nd pair of XMission3’s (March, 2017). About 860 miles into my thru-hike, I was ready for my 3rd pair. (more…)

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