Monthly Archives: January 2012

Blissful Hiking: Postal Advice on Mail Drops for Long Distance Hiking

Blissful Hiking: Postal Advice on Mail Drops for Long Distance Hiking.

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The List: 7 Great Ways to Poop Outdoors

The List: 7 Great Ways to Poop Outdoors.

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Maildrops

Mail Drops

Mountain Crossings

12471 Gainesville Highway

Blairsville, GA 30512

(name and eta)

 

Blueberry Patch Hostel

5038 Highway 76 East

Hiawassee, GA 30546

 

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19W

Bryson City, NC 28713

(hold for thruhiker [name] eta [date])

 

c/o General Delivery

Fontana Village, NC 28733

 

Elmers Sunnybank Inn

PO Box 233

Hot Springs, NC 28743

 

Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel and Outfitters

151 River Rd.

Erwin, TN 37650

 

Kincora Hiking Hostel

1278 Dennis Cove Rd.

Hampton, TN 37658

 

Mt. Rogers Outfitters

PO Box 546

110 W. Laurel Ave.

Damascus, VA 24236

 

Relax Inn

7253 Lee Highway

Rural Retreat, VA 24368

 

Woods Hole Hostel

3696 Sugar Run Road

Pearisburg, VA 24134

 

Outdoor Trails

Botetourt Commons

28 Kingston Dr.

Daleville, VA 24083

 

c/o General Delivery

Waynesboro, VA 22980

 

c/o General Delivery

Luray, VA 22835

 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy HQ

PO Box 807

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

 

Doyle Hotel

7 North Market St.

Duncannon, PA 17020

 

c/o General Delivery

Port Clinton, PA 19549

 

c/o General Delivery

Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327

 

c/o General Delivery

Dalton, MA 01226

 

c/o General Delivery

Glencliff, NH 03238

(winter clothes)

 

Lakeshore House Lodging and Pub

PO Box 215

Monson, ME 04464

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Family to hike Appalachian Trail | WLFI – Lafayette, Indiana

Family to hike Appalachian Trail | WLFI – Lafayette, Indiana.

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Harry Deitz: Let’s not turn cold shoulder on needy

Harry Deitz: Let’s not turn cold shoulder on needy.

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Appalachian Trail takes hiking to extremes | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com

Appalachian Trail takes hiking to extremes | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com.

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Thru-hikers Daily

Thru-hikers Daily.

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Weekend shakedown hike in Sedona

I did my first shakedown hike this weekend.  I drove to Sedona where the weather was a little warmer, arriving around lunchtime.  I hiked the Loys Canyon trail for three hours before setting up camp.  Here’s what I learned:

1.  My pack was pretty heavy.  Definitely need to lighten up.

2.  Tarptent Contrail set up great.  Need to work on getting sidewalls more taut.  Watched video on some techniques on how to do that when I got back.

3.  Forgot my Go Girl!  Had to squat in the woods all weekend.  Go Girl thrown in pack immediately upon arriving home.

4.  My Caldera Cone System stove worked great.

5.  I have no idea how to judge how much food to bring.  Two days worth of food should have been about 4 lbs.  I was way over that, and didn’t eat a third of what I had.  I guess I’ll figure this out as I go along.

6.  My clothes were fine.  I had enough clothing, with nothing extra.  I’m still in the market for a mid-layer fleece.  I have a Columbia 200 weight fleece, but it feels heavy in the pack.  Would like something that weighs less.

7.  I’m still unsure about water in general.  I can’t decide whether to bring my 3 liter hydration pack and use a bottle. Or should I skip the hydration pack, use a bottle for water and one for water w/drink mix; and carry a 4 liter Platypus water carrier for camp water.  I also can’t decide whether to bring my water filter, or just go straight with Aqua Mira.  Bringing my Katadyn Vario would allow me to be able to drink without having to wait, but it’s heavy.

8.  I was cold at night.  I used a Thermarest Zlite pad, with a 3/4 length NeoAir on top of it.  I have a Marmot 30 degree bag.  I wore long underwear, fleece pants and jacket, and at some point in the night, had to put on my fleece balaclava.  Temperatures dropped to 25ish.  Sleeping in a Mummy bag is hard for me, I like to side sleep and roll around.  I felt very confined.  I’m going to start sleeping in my bag while at home, so I can get used to moving around in the mummy bag.  Oh yeah, a pillow is essential.

Overall, I learned alot from the hike.  I had no problem being out there by myself.  The trail I was on is rarely used and I saw half-a-dozen people the whole time.  Mentally I think I’m prepared.  Physically, I need to continue to hike four or five days a week with my pack, while I work on lightening up.  I’ll do another shakedown in early February to see how things have progressed.  I’m leaving Flagstaff on March 9, and after visiting friends, will be on the trail March 18.  Two months…

Loy Canyon - Sedona

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Huts and Shelters | Section Hiker

Huts and Shelters | Section Hiker.

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How did Jennifer do it? Read 46 Days — Portal

How did Jennifer do it? Read 46 Days — Portal.

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