Friday, February 15, 2013

Going Long

As I look out my window, across the barren, wind-swept snow fields of the Priblof Islands and the frozen Bering Sea beyond, my thoughts turn to the summer ahead.  This seems like the perfect time to begin planning for the warmer weather to come.

Last year I began gearing up for fastpacking (and I still am) but laziness got the better of me.

However, that ultralight mindset, has lead me to consider another road this year: the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. 

Now, I don't have the time (or the experience) for a full thru-hike, but perhaps it is time that I set a goal to do some real backpacking.

I may instead consider the Ozark trail as it is close to where my family lives, but for now the AT and PCT weight heavily on my mind.  It is time to start doing some research.

Has any of you ever considered hiking the AT or PCT?


  1. The AT is BEAUTIFUL!! And since it's popular, there are a lot of resources for hikers of all levels.

    1. Yes, I would love to do a full through hike someday. I have no idea how I would ever take four to 6 months off though. Do you have a favorite section?

  2. Sounds like an awesome adventure to start planning. I assume you have most the gear considering...are there any future gear reviews on the horizon?

    1. Indeed, there should are. The Ozark Trail looks like the better option at the moment unless I found someone who wanted to join me for part of the PCT *hint, hint*.

      Also, send me an e-mail sometime, I don't think I have your new address.