Backpacking and hiking have been a large part of my life over the past 35 years. I’ve thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Benton Mackaye Trail, Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, and Northville Placid Trail – some more than once.
I’ve gotten certifications – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), etc., to support my outdoor activities, but most of what I’ve learned has come from picking up a backpack at a young age and heading into the mountains.
Backpacking and hiking are not complex, but that first trip can be intimidating. I hope these pages help you take that first step and take some of the “unknown” out of your planning.
I remember going into my Aunt’s room as a child so I could see her hard leather hiking boots. Slowly opening the closet door I would peek in and imagine what it must be like to hike the Appalachian Trail. I was hooked from a very early age.
Forty-five years later and I’ve never looked back. I literally ran to the Appalachian Trail after college, and then the PCT, CDT – some more than once.
In between the trails, life happened, but the trails were always my constant. I still grab my pack and head for the hills every chance I get.