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5 Women-Specific Gear Hiking Choices

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I loved being a woman thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail last year. Yes, I was with my husband, and that was epic, but I didn’t let that take away from the pride I had for myself as a woman. When I was young, and I first heard of the...

5 Brilliant Gear Solutions for Long-Distant Hikers

Gear, gear, gear. It’s easy to get bogged down in the minutia of gear stats when outfitting a long-distance hike. Weight, size, material, multi-use’ness, cost, it seems an unending process to choose what is best. Today’s list is 5 items that can be easily left out,...

Shoulder Strap Water Bottle Holder

This post was initially a contest where we gave away a backpack strap water bottle holder. That giveaway has ended. Still, this is an incredible, useful product, please continue reading.  All along our thru-hike we received oohs, ahhs, and questions about the water...

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...

Sunsets’ Post Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

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...

Chica’s Post Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List 

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...

Sawyer Squeeze Filter – Review, Information, Modification

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....

Devil’s Lake Gear Test Trip

So, we have been researching gear for our AT trip for a long time, and gradually buying things when they’ve been on sale or we had discount coupons. Going as light-weight as possible with our gear is not cheap, so it was important to us to wait for the sales. Since we...

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Post Trail Life

Hello friends! Sunsets and I have been home for 2 1/2 weeks now, since summiting Mt. Katahdin. It’s still weird to say those words – WE SUMMITED MT. KATAHDIN! Here's a few initial thoughts we have on being back in "real life:" Sleeping in a real bed feels AMAZING, and...

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Day 179 – Summit Day!

You guys... we did it!! KatahDONE!! 2,189.8 miles 179 days, just shy of 6 months March 22 - September 16 Georgia to Maine Wow - what a beautiful, breathtaking, hard, courageous adventure. Thank you ALL for following and supporting us with your positive comments and...

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Days 173-178

Day 173 (Sep. 10th) - 14.3 miles - start of 100 mile wilderness! Had amazing breakfast at Shaw's, and got to trail by 8:45. Hard, hard day with countless PUD's (pointless ups and downs), major roots, rocks and mud. Steep downhills. We hurt (knees and feet)! Camped at...

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Days 170-172

Day 170 (Sep. 7th) - O miles / zero day. Much needed day off. Will head out tomorrow (rain in pm expected) and be to Monson by Saturday night (more rain on Sat). Will stay at Shaw's in Monson, resupply, and then hope to start the 100 Mile Wilderness. Day 171 (Sep....

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Days 162 – 169

Day 162 (Aug. 30th) - 10.1 miles to South Arm Road, slackpacked again. This guy, Jim, drove all the way fro Rhode Island to meet and hike with us today! What a great guy, he's a helicopter pilot and enjoys skydiving. Such a pleasure to meet you, Jim, and wish we could...

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Days 154-161

Day 154 ( Aug. 22nd) - 8.0 miles to Mt. Hight stealth camping spot. Our friend Alyson hiked with us today up to Wildcat D (one of the 4 Wildcat mountains we did today)! The signs we're holding mean this is Alyson's 7th 4,000 ft mountain in NH and our 12th (isn't she...

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Days 151-153

Day 151 (Aug. 19th) - 11.0 miles to Lake of the Clouds Hut. Webster Cliffs were hard, but not as bad as we thought. Good day, but we are worn out. I fell on my butt in the mud and water today. We met Greybeard! Once he completes his thru-hike, he'll be the oldest...

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