The act of having an experienced backpacker cull through your backpack in search of unneeded items.
I have only worked one thru hiker season at Mountain Crossings, but the patterns are obvious.
Open up your first aid kit and separate it into everything you know how to use and everything you don’t know how to use. People go overboard on clothes, but having the proper clothing keeps you from carrying too much.
It can seem harsh to riffle through someone’s pack and tell them to get rid of things they have thought long and hard about bringing. After getting a Fine Arts Degree in Photography, I set out and thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013. Why do people like you always endorse expensive products when far less expensive options are available? I totally agree, conditions are totally different here in Australia, and our Cellular Network coverage is almost nonexistent for most providers outside of capital cities. Cell service is a different matter, and perhaps another article about the availability of various networks, and places where you just need to wait it out, i.e. Hey Jim, go back and reread the article…she specifically mentions pepper spray and how carrying it dishonors the trail. I carried a small thing of pepper spray the whole trail (mostly for my parent’s peace of mind). You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Use these free clip art images for your collections, school projects, website art and more. Contact us with a description of the clipart you are searching for and we'll help you find it. FILE TYPE OPTIONS: PNG, Transparent GIF, Medium and Large JPG images are available for Members. They are definitely there and maybe you will even see a few, but don’t believe the fear mongering hype.
Usually, a parent or significant other has bought the expensive item for the hiker and guilt is what makes them keep it.
Don’t bother with more than two sets of clothes; two shorts, two shirts, two socks in summer or two pants, two long sleeves, two socks in winter. Upon my return, I landed a job where I got paid to nerd out about gear all day (Thanks REI).


I don’t need a giant can of bear spray but to suggest that women who want to protect themselves (think about town time too) with a small keychain of pepper spray are somehow dishonor-ing the AT is ridiculous. If you can't find the clipart your looking for then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will gladly help.
Total freak accidents happen but it is far more rational and likely that you will die in a car accident on your way to the trail than have a bad bear experience.
Thru hiking is a wonderful opportunity to just say “the heck with it” and stink as hard as you can. Please try again later.Please provide a valid email address.Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! A year later I took it one step further into the outdoor retail world and started working for Mountain Crossings at mile 31.7 on the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia. I bought 8 ounces of a product for $2.98, as a shopping cart add-on, which I put into leftover 40 ML bottles for my hiking. I just think it’s a technological safeguard that should be used by anyone doing any hiking or travelling alone or in unfamiliar territory.
Don’t waste the money, weight, or potential accidental shot going off with a can of bear mace. They are heavy and the trail is so well marked and cell service is depressingly easy to get along many parts of the AT that they are absolute over-kill.
If you can’t embrace that right off, you eventually will be worn down to a smelly numb until you do!
If your clothes get soaked in the rain and you’re cold in camp, slip your town clothes on to sleep in but put your dirtier hiking clothes back on in the morning. I guess that a biodegradable plant extract ingredient soap called Campsuds isn’t romantic enough. Knowing that they weren’t worried about me allowed me to relax and enjoy my hike so much more. Parents worry, a few extra ounces is nothing in the situation where it can save a life or ease a fretting parent.
Extra clothing just means more laundry because it either gets dirty, or simply adds weight to the pack.
We leave our old, comfortable lives behind and come out to the woods with everything we think will we need. As far as pepper spray goes, the Appalachian Trail is a place to restore your faith in humanity. But then I think back to RPH Shelter in New York almost 1,500 miles into my thru hike when I finally got rid of all the pointless shit in my pack I hadn’t touched yet.


It was definitely worth the weight, and I only used one set of batteries the entire 6 month trip! It kind of sucks to even need to carry a cell phone, I didn’t on my first hike in 06, but the pay phones have all disappeared. Problem is, we all have way too much stuff in our lives and we live in way too plush of a manner. Good luck breaking your leg during thru hiker season and not having 10 hikers come along and help carry you out.
Then when you shower in town you can put relatively clean clothes on while you are doing laundry. Truth be told, that doesn’t translate very well when reverting back to a nomadic, nearly off the grid way of life. There is no need to be so strictly monitored and its goes against the soul of your journey.
Throw out the StingEz and burn gel because you’re an adult who can withstand a bee sting and you also promised yourself you wouldn’t get so drunk as to fall in the fire. So before you even walk through the front door of the badass, climate controlled shelter you live in, chuck these things out of your pack! Solar charges also fall under the group of way-too-heavy-and-way-too-expensive-to-be-worth-it.
Really all you need are a few Band-Aids and a bunch of pills; things for achy muscles, diarrhea, gas, cold symptoms, a few sleep aids for the snore symphony nights. In cold weather carry a set of base layers, any necessary hats and gloves and a heavy insulation later like a down jacket but don’t double up on anything. Simply carry decent enough clothing items that you will be sufficiently warm without doubles. Carrying the entire bathroom cabinet of emergency items waiting for a just-in-case scenario is an excellent way to carry extra weight you will never be able to justify. Just let go, live a little, in the moment, with your own known how and capabilities, and you will find you forgot your phone wasn’t charged for half a day as you rolled into town for burgers and beers!



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