Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Hiking Enthusiasts

Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Hiking Enthusiasts

It’s no secret that Chica and love supporting individual artists and small business owners. Some of the gear used on the Appalachian Trail and our Camino de Santiago hike were hand made by seamstresses with Etsy stores.

For this holiday season we have created a guide for our favorite hiking related Etsy shops. These gift ideas make a great stocking stuffer of gift for family and friends or, if you are like me, make a wonderful purchase for yourself.

YearnMore Etsy ShopYearn More 

The Yearn More idea was created when owner Patrick Leddin took his son and his friends on a 10-day Appalachian Trail hike. The trip was a success and Patrick wanted to commemorate the trip. He made plaques from cut logs for each of the boys. They proudly took the wall hangings off to college and encouraged Patrick to make the products available to others.

In the Yearn More Etsy store you will find the original log plaques, stenciled with various hiking emblems, custom hiking stickers and posters, and more. Each item is handmade or of original design. Buy with confidence, the store has a perfect five star ranking.

 

Justin’s UL

We are huge fans of Justin’s UL water bottle holders (and other products). Just see our grizzled selves in the photo to the left. These holders on the front of our packs not only made our water easily accessible (as opposed to the notoriously annoying side pockets on most packs) but they lasted our entire thru-hike. That mountain in the background of the photo is Katahdin and our holders are still intact. Incredible craftsmanship.

In addition to multiple sizes of the shoulder strap holder, Justin also makes ultralight cellphone holders, stake bags and more. All of these products are small, super-light, and inexpensive and would make any gift recipient smile. All five stars for Justin’s UL.

WanderingArtsCrafts EtsyWandering Arts Crafts

The artist that create the gems found at Wander Arts Crafts has a bachelor degree in Fine Arts and was the Master Decorator at Emerson Creek Pottery in Bedford, Virginia for 9 years.

She pairs her skills and talent with a love for the outdoors and Appalachian Trail to create one of a kind art.

The store offers hand painted products along with mugs and stickers based on Melinda’s art. Her shop is favored by over 1100 people and she has 104 (all) five star reviews.

 

Ultra Gam gaitersUltra Gam

For our Appalachian Trail thru-hike Chica wanted to wear gaiters. This product helps protect from dirt or the errant rock finding its way into the shoe. Through the Appalachian Trail: Women’s Group she found out about Ultra Gam. She loved the design and price so bought a pair.

Needless to say the product served her well as she trekked 2200 miles over 179 days each of which the gaiters were put to the test. They passed, with flying colors. In addition to gaiters, Ultra Gam sells custom cycling sleeves and headbands. The store has sold over 4000 products and has all five star reviews.

Clay Mason StudiosClay Masons Studios

There is something magical about holding a handcrafted mug in your hand or utilizing other custom pottery.

Clay Mason Studios makes a variety of mugs, bowls, clever kitchen items, and even piggybanks. Our favorite is the custom large round trail ceramic mug.

Perfect for a gift or for sipping your own coffee on a cool mountain morning. Clay Mason Studio has over 500 (all) five star reviews.

 

The Scrubby Pine

I love art made from simple materials, it is naturally natural. The Scrubby Pine handcrafts simple jewelry that immediately summons up the outdoors.

The stamped clay pendants combined with paracord make a wonderful accent to any outdoor pursuit. I love the bootprint pendant with the subtle “AT” stamped in the middle.

The store has over 300 (all) five star reviews. And the art is priced perfectly.

World Vibe Studio

World Vibe StudiosOne of the things that helped our moms feel comfortable about our Appalachian Trail thru-hike was the ability to follow along with our journey. We had given each of them a paper map of the trail and little cutouts of us to move as we made our way northward.

I wish I would have known about World Vibe Studios then. For just a bit more money we could have had an AT map printed on canvas (with our names) and backed with foam so that pins could be placed on it.

In addition to trail and National Park maps the company produces outdoor related t-shirts and other gifts. Over 1500 (all) five star reviews can’t be wrong.
 

Bitter Sweet Canvas

This artist paints beautiful, hiking inspired, products. My favorite are the hand painted trucker’s cap. There are also paintings on barn wood, pallets, and even a maple leaf. Other Bitter Sweet Canvas products can be found as well, custom stickers, Christmas ornaments, and magnets.

With over 4400 items sold and an average five star for her reviews, a purchase here will not leave you bitter sweet. Ok, that was lame, but you should know me well enough by now 🙂

That wraps up our round-up. We wanted to promote others’ work, but I would be remise if I didn’t remind you that Chica has her own custom hiking jewelry on Etsy. She hand knots, solders, and stamps all her jewelry, Check out her shop Chica’s Arm Candy.

Happy holidays and happy shopping,

~Sunsets

 

ULA Photon Backpack Review

ULA Photon Backpack Review

Planes, Trains, Automobiles … and Feet

Chica and I just returned from an incredible adventure and I used a new piece of gear that I want to talk about: the ULA Photon Backpack.

Our 50-day trip to Europe started on an Amtrak train that shuttled us from central Wisconsin to Chicago. We then flew to Paris where we spent a few days, then off to St. Jean Pied de Port, France by train to start our 500-mile walk of the Camino de Santiago (French Route). After 34 days of walking we terminated the pilgrimage in Santiago de Compestella, Spain and bused to Finisterre, Spain then back to Santiago where we eventually caught a flight to Madrid to be tourists for a while before reversing course and returning to Wisconsin.

50 days of travel, 500 miles of trekking taking multiple flights, trains, and taxis, but only one piece of luggage for me.  After such a long trip using my new backpack in multiple travel scenarios, I am ready to review the ULA Photon.

Backpack Needs

I’ll start by mentioning why I chose this ULA pack. I searched far and wide for the perfect backpack for this trip. My requirements seemed simple at the time, the backpack needed to fit my 6’3” frame, be of a size that it can be used as carry-on luggage, and have a comfy hip-belt with pockets.

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail taught us many things about packing efficiently for an extended trip. I took this experience to inform my decisions on backpack solutions for this trip. However, instead of needing to carry everything to live for four or five days on my back, for this trip I was only required to carry (basically) clothes. No need for a tent, water filtration, food, or a sleep system. Instead, I just needed room for clothing, raingear, and maybe a bottle of wine.

In the end, what I was looking for was a daypack. I don’t know if most day-hikers are short or what, but finding a daypack for my long torso was challenging. In fact, ULA was one of the only companies that could customize this size backpack to fit moi.

Added to that, most daypacks have a simple strap as a hip-belt and lack pockets. Pockets allow for easy reach of items used most frequently, namely snacks and sunscreen. Finally, and oddly, daypacks that fit the first two needs rarely were of a shape that fit domestic and international carry-on requirements.

After much sleuthing I found a pack that met all my needs, the Photon. As a bonus the pack came with a ton of other features that complemented my needs. Here is a list of pack features from ULA’s website:

ULA Photon Features

Removable features are in bold.

  • Internal Pad Holster
  • Contoured Padded Hipbelt
  • Contoured Shoulder Straps
  • Hipbelt Pockets
  • Roll Top Extension Collar
  • Cordura Bottom Panel
  • Ice Axe/Pole Retention Loops
  • Side/ Top Compression Straps
  • ULA 210 Robic
  • Stretch Mesh Front & Side Pockets
  • Hydration Sleeve (1.4 oz)
  • Internal Stash Pocket (1.1 oz)
  • Water Bottle Holsters (0.8 oz)
  • Handloops (0.8 oz)
  • Foam Pad (1.2 oz)
  • Front Shock Cord (0.6 oz)

The Photon is available in 5 different colors including black, green, and orange as seen below. Or, if you want to flaunt your individuality, pay a bit more and completely customize any ULA pack.

The Photon’s actual weight was less important than the amount it could comfortably carry, although at between 27 and 28 ounces the pack is light. The volume capacity is 35 liters with a maximum recommended weight of 18 pounds.

My base weight was 14.5 pounds. Since we were eating at cafes along the route the only other thing I carried was 1 liter of water. So my total carry weight was ~16.5 pounds, well within the pack’s capacity.

Photon Fit and Function

If you have read my AT Thru Gear List you know that I was not happy with the Gossamer Gear Mariposa. It caused me shoulder pain and it was a complaint I heard from other tall people on the trail. Obviously, I was carrying about half the weight on our Camino trip as I did on the AT, but the Photon felt very comfortable even on 20+ mile days. Not once did I experience discomfort from the pack.

The pack comes with two water bottle holsters as well as two side-pockets that can store a Nalgene size bottle. Those that follow us know that we are huge fans of Justin’s UL water holders so I removed the supplied bottle holsters and utilized the side pockets for other items. Since I was using the side pockets for something other than their intended purpose I did experience a minor inconvenience.

The water bottle pockets have an opening at the bottom to allow easier retrieval and return of bottles. I was stuffing these pockets with other things, some of which would fall out of the holes at the bottom of the pocket. I eventually figured my optimal set-up for the pockets.

The left side housed my umbrella (held down with the side compression strap) and my crushable sun-hat. The right side pocket housed my rain parka — except, of course, in this picture where I used the pocket to house wine for lunch. The sun hat and parka take up enough space so as not to fall out of the hole. The rain cover, which was what kept falling out, was moved elsewhere.

The only other quibble I have is in regards to the mesh pouch on the front of the pack. It’s a great place to store wet items or things that might be too messy to put inside the pack. I used it for my sandals, cooling towel, and rain cover. The problem is the pouch tapers too much such that the opening is not wide enough to get things into it. Granted, I have big feet and I was trying to wedge my clunky Xero’s in there, but still I believe there is room for improvement there. Even with all gear taken out of the main pack, accessing the pouch could be challenging.

Conclusion

I am not kind to backpacks. I throw them down, I don’t use the carry loop, and I am not cognizant of brushing up against branches or bricks or other abrasive things. Still, after 50 days and 500 miles of abuse my pack looks brand new … it might not smell brand new, but it looks it.

We traveled on trains, in Ubers and taxis, on big jets and puddle-jumpers and the pack came on board with me every time fitting easily into the overhead compartment. On flights, if not for my umbrella, I could have even shoved the pack under the seat in front of me.

The ULA Photon was the perfect fit for this trip and it will be my choice anytime I travel (Costa Rica is up next) or do a hut to hut type hike.

Oh, one last thing, ULA’s customer support is PHENOMINAL. When I was trying to determine which pack to buy for this trip Chris was Johnny on the Spot, answering multiple emails within hours of my hitting send. You just don’t find that level of support anymore these days and it is appreciated.

In conclusion, I recommend the ULA Photon for travel, day hikes, and hut to huts. And, after this experience with ULA the company will be a top contender for my next long trail. I already have my eye on a custom colored ULA Circuit 🙂

 

Camino de Santiago Gear List

Camino de Santiago Gear List

Below are two complete Camino de Santiago gear lists, one for the men and one for the women. While walking the Appalachian Trail Chica and I dreamed up the next adventure. We both agreed a trip to Spain to walk the 500 mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela would be the trip of a lifetime.

Taking what learned from minimalist living backpacking through the AT we designed out Camino packing list to cover all our needs while at the same time allow us the freedom a lighter backpack affords. Here is our Camino de Santiago complete equipment list, along with a video explaining why we chose the gear we did and additional commentary about our selections.

Sunsets’ Camino de Santiago Gear List

BackPack/Sleep System

Backpack – ULA Equipment Photon 35 Liter Backpack

ULA Photon Backpack
Down Throw – Similar to this one.
Sleeping Bag Liner treated with Permethrin
Ear Plugs – Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicon
Shoulder Strap Water Bottle Holder

Worn Clothes

Shorts – Nike Running
Synthetic Shirt – Russell Athletics Dri-Power
Socks – Darn Tough, Light Cushion Ankle Socks
Trail Running Shoes – La Sportiva Wildcat


Bandana/Baklava – Buff
Sun Hat – ExOfficio Bugs Away

Stuff Sacks/Other

ZPacks 14 Liter Large Rectangular Dry Bag
ZPacks 7 Liter Med Plus Dry Bag
ZPacks Wallet
Wine Corkscrew

Other Clothes

Long sleeve Base Layer – Patagonia Cap 3
T-Shirt – Patagonia

T-Shirt – Beatles Let it Be
Long Sleeve Sun Shirt – Columbia
Convertible Khakis – The North Face
Chill Rag
Town Shoes/Shower Shoes – Xero Ztrail Sandals
Puffy Jacket – Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer 

First Aid

Duct Tape
Leukotape
Ibuprofen
Imodium
Compede
Bandaids
Clothespins/Paracord
Nail Clippers

Toiletries

Lush Shampoo Bar
Razor
Toothbrush/Toothpaste
Deodorant (travel size)

Electronics

Phone/Camera/GPS/Video – iPhone 7 Plus 256gb
Phone Charger – Ankor 20,000

Chica’s Camino de Santiago Gear List

Clothes & Shower Bag:

Fleece Pullover Hoodie CudlDuds
Long Sleeve Shirt (mid-layer)
2nd DT socks
2nd INJ socks
Boho scarf
T-shirt (sleep) grey icebreaker
Skort (sleep)
Leggings (Athleta pockets)
Bra
Under Wear – ExOfficio
Quick dry towel
Lush Shampoo Bar
Deodorant (travel size)
Razor
Hair Brush, Hair Bands

Electronics Bag:

Converter Euro Plug
Plug with 2 USB Chargers
Extra Batteries
Headlamp – Black Diamond ReVolt

Nighttime/Sleep Bag:

Down Throw (Costco)
Sleep Bag Liner
Toothbrush/Toothpaste
Socks
Tweezers, Mrror, Skin Clip, Nail File
Xero Ztrail Sandals

Rain Bag (back of pack pocket):

Rain Jacket – Patagonia Torrent Shell
Umbrella

Baseball Cap

Brain Bag:

Guidebook, Notebook, Pen
Reading Glasses
Crossbody Bag
Pee Rag
Tampons
Daypack

Wear

Under Armor Shirt
Sunglasses
BUFF

Bike Shorts
Socks Darn Tough
Socks INJINJI
Watch – Timex Ironman
Bra – Smartwool
Under Wear – ExOfficio
Trail Runners (Altra Lone Peaks 3.0)

Outside of Pack:

Carmex lip balm
Hand Sanitizer
Runningluv
1 Liter Smart Water Bottle
Headphones
iPhone 7 Plus

How the Appalachian Trail Wrecked My Life

How the Appalachian Trail Wrecked My Life

Please welcome Stacia who is guest posting with us today. Stacia grew up on a farm in the southern-most part of Georgia and was bitten by the outdoorsy bug at a young age, often playing in the woods on her family’s property for hours at a time. But it wasn’t until college that she first started hiking and eventually backpacking. At age 26 and again at 27, she attempted a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and has been addicted to long-distance hiking and the adventure lifestyle ever since. Find more of her story on her blog Adventure Like A Girl or Instagram. I hope you enjoy her story as much as we do! — Chica & Sunsets

Three years ago, I set out on the biggest adventure of my life. I’d never been camping before, and I’d hardly ever been hiking, but I had decided I was going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I’d be lying if I told you that I had any idea the profound impact this decision would have on my life. I guess you never really know what all of the nuanced consequences will be of any major decision, but I’ll tell you this: The Appalachian Trail ruined my life, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  

The Appalachian Trail ruined my ability to make small talk. I’m guilty of completely tuning out whenever the people around me are discussing who lost the football game last night or that girl from work’s new boyfriend. I just have no interest in the mundane goings on that most people choose to fill their time thinking about. When you’ve stood on a mountain top with views for miles or camped underneath a star-filled sky, something inside of you changes. You realize that there are so many vast and important things going on in the universe. These are the things I want to talk about, not celebrity gossip.

The Appalachian Trail ruined my perceptions of humanity. Before I set out to hike a long trail, I’ll admit to being wary of strangers, being skeptical of someone’s intentions when they offered goodwill. I was a self-described cynic. But, after having complete strangers pay for my breakfast, bring me a cold soda just because, leave jugs of water at a road crossing without ever seeing the face of who they were helping, offer me a place to stay inside their home, and go out of their way to drive me somewhere I needed to be, I lost that cynicism. Now, I’m guilty of seeing the good in everyone. I have the ability to assume positive intentions even in situations that turn out badly, and my favorite person to meet is usually a stranger.

The Appalachian Trail ruined my white picket fence dream. Before the trail, I was living in a fully furnished, decorated home – with a mortgage to boot. Like a lot of Americans, I was neck deep in the rat race, placing inflated value on material possessions that I thought would make me happy. Home was a 1600 square foot house with a huge backyard. Now, I don’t make purchases if the item isn’t a necessity and I live in a 16 foot travel trailer. Rather than stability and security, I crave adventure and mobility. I don’t need things. I need experiences.

The Appalachian Trail ruined my negative body image. I’ve always been chubby, and ever since I was of the age where I started comparing my body to other girls, I’ve been self-conscious about my weight. I won’t say that the Appalachian Trail completely destroyed this feeling, but when you are literally climbing mountains day in and day out, your thoughts about your body are bound to change. For three months, my body was able to carry me and all of my earthly belongings over countless mountains for 8-10 hours a day. The longest I’d ever walked in a day prior to this was probably 5 miles. Three weeks into my first thru-hike attempt I knocked out my first 20 mile day. TWENTY MILES. You could never have told me this body was capable of that. While I still struggle at times with accepting my weight, I have a much healthier relationship with my body post-hike. I’m proud of what it is capable of, and thankful that it is fit and healthy enough to continue to do everything I ask of it.

The Appalachian Trail ruined my perceptions of beauty. Before the trail, I remember being that judgy girl who wore fake eyelashes to class and thought girls didn’t look “put together” without makeup. While hiking, I had somehow made it to Pearisburg, VA before I caught a glimpse of my wild and feral makeup-free face in a streaky mirror at a cheap hotel. I startled and looked away, disconcerted because I thought the girl in the mirror was beautiful, but there was no way that was me. I went from someone so insecure that I didn’t leave the house without a full face of makeup to someone who barely wears any, because I think a natural face is prettier and a dirty, sweaty, flushed face on top of a mountain is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

The Appalachian Trail ruined my plans for the future. Before hiking, I thought I’d get married, have a kid or two maybe, and spend my days working to pay off that house I’d bought. I had gone to graduate school and was going to become a teacher. I had a long-term boyfriend that I was planning to marry. I spent 26 years chasing this dream only to find out that it wasn’t really mine. It took walking through the woods for three months to figure that out. I sold the house, I broke up with the boy, and I worked service-industry jobs for a while until I figured out what it was that I really wanted.

I feel like my life started the day I stepped foot on the Appalachian Trail, passed that first white blaze, and pointed my heart toward Maine. Until that moment, I’d been going through the motions that I thought I was supposed to go through. I’d been waiting for life to happen, not realizing that it was happening all around me and I was missing the point. Now, I feel as though I have crammed more life into these past three years than I experienced in all of the first 26. I’ve attempted two thru hikes, each lasting 2-3 months. I’ve walked over 2,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, and countless hundreds on other trails. I’ve gone hiking, camping and backpacking completely alone. I moved into a camper and traveled the east coast for a year with just my dogs for company. I’ve checked items off my bucket list, such as climbing a 14ker (14,000 foot mountain) and learning how to back-up a trailer. I am so much more self-assured, confident, and bold than I ever was before. I have friends all over the country that feel like family.

I’m on a course so different from the one I was on pre-hike that I often don’t recognize things I said or did back then as being my own memories. I may be less financially stable, I may not be certain what the future holds, I may feel at times like I’m just blowing aimlessly in the wind. But I’m endlessly, deliriously, insanely happy. The Appalachian Trail ruined my life, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Stacia: It was a pleasure having you! We love how the Appalachian Trail has ruined your life!
To our readers: If you would like to guest post with us, please contact us at 2hikers@appalachiantrailtales.com.

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5 Ways to beat the heat  on an AT thru-hike

5 Ways to beat the heat on an AT thru-hike

The Appalachian Trail is famous for its Green Tunnel and one might think with all that shade, sun, and heat are not a problem, one would be wrong. Avoiding hot days on a long-distance backpacking trip is near impossible and over the course of six months and 2,200 miles on the AT, you WILL encounter oppressive temperatures. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are viable threats – be safe.

Here are five ways to beat the heat on the AT.

1) Hike early or hike late

One of the easiest ways to beat the heat on the AT is to avoid the hottest time of each day – typically between 11 am and 2 pm. If your goal is to complete a thru-hike you can’t take a day off every time the weather is not cooperating … you would never hike.

So, we work with what we’ve got and in the heat that means getting up extra early and hiking in the morning, finding shade for a mid-day nap and continuing your hike into the evening. Similarly, you can eschew the day all together and hike through the night, seeing (and hearing) the trail in a whole new light (pun intended). Make sure you have a good torch/headlamp, preferably one that is rechargeable, so you don’t have to carry heavy batteries. We used the Black Diamond Revolt.

2) Use a cooling towel

The cooling rag was my savior through all of New Jersey and New York. I would have gone mad without it, which is why it made our Gear that will Save Your Sanity post. This cheap piece of two-plied fabric stays cool if it is wet. Dip it in a stream and twirl it overhead for several rotations letting the air cool the water down. Then place it over your head, wipe your brow, or wrap it around your neck to cool you down. You can twirl it to cool it down as long as it is damp.

An alternative would be to do the same with your Buff or bandana, although these won’t stay as cool as long.

3) Stay hydrated and use electrolytes

I would venture a guess that most thru-hikers are chronically dehydrated. Even under pleasant weather conditions it is tough to hydrate someone hiking up and down mountains 10 hours a day. Add to the effort needed to complete a thru, the fact that long distance hikers are constantly trying to manage weight (water weighs 2.2 pounds per liter) and it’s easy to see hikers not drinking enough.

To beat the heat on the AT a hiker must consume more water. One way to do this is to camel-up at watering holes. Don’t just fill your Smart Water bottle, drink a liter or two in addition. The water from the spring or stream will be cold and delicious, not like the unappetizing water in your bottle after an hour in the heat, and you can carry less water to the next source.

Also, it is wise to add an electrolyte mix to your water. In the heat your body is a sieve for salt and you must replace it, otherwise the lack of sodium will cramp your style … literally. Not all water mixes have electrolytes so be sure to check the label. Our favorites were Propel and Mio.

At one point my shirt had salt crystals all over it and I was cramping severely once I got into our tent each night. In addition to the water mixes I would take salt packets from fast food joints and add them to my water. Once, I even packed out a glass jar of pickles, so I could drink the juice. Heavy, but worth it.

4) Proper clothing/ hat

Light colored clothing reflects the sun while dark colors and black absorb the heat. This is why khakis are so popular in the desert terrain. In addition to color choice many hikers disregard wearing long sleeve shirts in the summer, thinking they will be too hot. With today’s wicking fabrics long-sleeved shirts are a viable option for sun protection.

Another overlooked item is a sun hat. Many choose just to wear a baseball cap and while better than nothing, doesn’t protect the hiker as well as a hat that can shield the eyes and face AND the neck and ears like a sunhat. I used the Exoffico Bugs Away hat. It not only provided protection from the sun, it was ventilated so I didn’t overheat, it was pretreated with permethrin for mosquito and tick protection, and it could be crushed down into my pack and still retain its shape once back on my head.

5) Flip Out

Assuming you are hiking NOBO (northbound) you have the option of shuttling north in the summer. We had many friends who did this when they could no longer take the heat. They shuttled up to Maine and hiked south giving them cooler temps along the way.

For us, we wanted Katahdin to be the culmination of our trip more than we wanted to cool down. So, we suffered through about 3 weeks of heat and coped using the methods above.

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20 Hiking Quotes for Motivation, Inspiration, and Wisdom

20 Hiking Quotes for Motivation, Inspiration, and Wisdom

In only one or two lines of concise language, quotes can convey humor, stoke our motivation, cause a sentimental sigh, and inspire greatness. The following 20 hiking quotes will make you smile, motivate you to get off the couch, and mentally fuel your next trek.

Go Take a Hike!

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
~ Jack 
Kerouac

Quote: Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. – John Muir

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
~ John Muir

No pain no rain no Maine

No Pain, No Rain, No Maine
~ Incessant, but accurate Appalachian Trail saying

Quote “Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” Anatoli Boukreev

“Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
~ Anatoli Boukreev

Quote: "It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Quote: "If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk." – Raymond Inmon

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”
~ Raymond Inmon

Quote: “I think,” said Christopher Robin, “that we ought to eat all our provisions now, so we won’t have so much to carry.” A. A. Milne

“I think,” said Christopher Robin, “that we ought to eat all our provisions now, so we won’t have so much to carry.”​
~ A,A. Milne

Quote: "Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot." Diane Spicer

“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.”
~ Diane Spicer

Quote: “The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.” Vince Lombardy

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
~ Vince Lombardy

Quote: "The best view comes after the hardest climb."

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
~ Unknown

Quote: "Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." Hermann Buhl

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”
~ Hermann Buhl

Quote: "After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value." G.M. Trevelyan

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.”
~ G.M. Trevelyan

“Fall down seven times and stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb

Quote: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Quote: “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” David McCullough Jr.

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
~ David McCullough Jr.

Quote: “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Gary Snyder

 “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
~ Gary Snyder

Quote “If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain."

 “If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain.”
~ Unknown

Quote: “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure” – Bob Bitchin

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure”
~ Bob Bitchin

Quote: “It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.” Muhammad Ali

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
~ Muhammad Ali

Quote "Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits." Cindy Ross

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”
~ Cindy Ross

Stay tuned for our next adventure ... walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain this September.

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