Appalachian Trail Q&A | The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

How many pairs of underwear did you take? 3 pairs, which I’d rotate; one to wear, one to wash, one spare. Sometimes this method didn’t work out and I’d have to wear the same pair for more than a day, but in all honesty, this should be the least of your worries! How did you take…

Appalachian Trail Gear Review | Post-Hike

Selecting your gear for the Appalachian Trail is one of the most important parts of the pre-trail planning phase and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly, in my opinion. After all, your gear is your lifeline and there to keep you on the trail for as long as possible; choose crappy gear and you could…

22 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail

The reasons behind why people choose to hike the Appalachian Trail, and the ways in which they go about it, differ greatly from person to person, but one thing is for certain; it promises a positively unique experience for each individual who sets foot on its white-blazed path. What I came to learn during my…

Some Days, Hiking the Appalachian Trail SUCKS

Look at this photo. At a glance, I think you’d agree that I appear pretty happy to have reached the 600 mile mark and of course, I was thrilled. But behind the weary smile, a different reality unfolds, undetectable to the camera. I had spent a good half an hour prior to this picture being…

What I Ate on the Appalachian Trail as a Vegan

Before leaving the UK to start my Appalachian Trail adventure, one of my main concerns was how I would survive my hike on a vegan diet. Having been vegan for a little under 2 years, life at home in the UK on a plant-based diet is a breeze. I’m a foodie; I love cooking and…

I Hiked Over 1000 Miles of the Appalachian Trail | Why I Quit

1150 miles to be exact; if you can forgive the 3 day sizzling aqua-blaze down the Shenandoah River, blue-blazing the challenging, yet rewarding Mau-Har Trail and the odd yellow-blaze; which, to be quite frank, was sometimes necessary in keeping me sane. My motto is, after all, that rules are made to be broken. I set…

How to Plan your Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike from the UK

With just one week until I board a plane to the States, I am finally starting to feel like I am prepared for my upcoming thru-hike attempt. It’s taken months of research, preparation and planning, and being from the UK, it has required a little more brain power – especially in terms of logistics and…

My Gear List for the Appalachian Trail | Pre-Hike

When it comes to hiking the AT, gear is the talk of the town. Everyone wants to know; “What gear will you be taking? How much does it weigh? Where did you buy it?” For me, I pretty much had to start from square one; I didn’t even know what trail runners were. The Appalachian…

How to get a B-2 Visa for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Why the B-2 Visa? Check your eligibility As a British national, I am eligible to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for business or pleasure. Sounds pretty simple, but there’s a catch; this only allows stays of up to 90 days and then I’d have to sling my hook. The Appalachian Trail…

I’m Going to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019

My awareness of the Appalachian Trail first came about in my early twenties, after reading Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk in the Woods (cliche, I know). In true ‘me’ fashion, I quickly became obsessed with the idea, but university and other adventures were to come first, and I pushed the fantasy to the back of…