Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. My 2017 PCT thru-hike didn’t quite go as planned. Due to some medical issues, I went home from Lone Pine and took about five weeks off-trail. After sorting myself out, I went back and hiked Oregon and had a much better time. During … Continue reading Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking
I've been doing a lot of reading about the Great Trail lately, writing a piece for theTrek.co (will be up in a few weeks!). However, I have not found a lot of great resources for planning a hike. Where is the list of all the sections? What towns to they pass through? The Trans-Canada Trail … Continue reading The Great Trail Planning Guide
Wear Shoes That Fit (and Break Them In) It seems obvious, I know. But here is something to consider: At home I wear a size 6.5 shoes. My first pair of Altras on the PCT were size 7.0. My second pair were 7.5. Why? Because when you hike 10 to 15 to 20+ miles a … Continue reading Caring for Your Feet: Advice
All you need to know about foot first aid while backpacking!
This week I am going to be talking about feet! There is lots to consider about taking care of your feet, so I have a whole week of posts including gears reviews and advice. The schedule is below, and I'll update this page with links to each post as they are completed. Monday … Continue reading Announcing: Feet Week
Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. There tends to be a pretty negative reaction when people ask about bringing their dog on a thru-hike. It’s not necessarily that dogs are incapable of thru-hiking, more than many of them are unprepared for the challenge… or their owners are. In my … Continue reading Considerations Before Taking Your Dog on Your Thru-Hike
Training a puppy is a lot of work, but think of it as an investment. Put the time and work in the first year of your puppy’s life, and you will reap the rewards manyfold over the rest of their life. Training doesn’t end at one year, but having a solid foundation and a strong relationship will make lifelong learning so much easier.