There was a great documentary, early 1990s, by a woman filmed her experiences walking the entire trail. She was middle-aged and heavy at the beginning, and still middle-aged at the end, but heavy-no-more.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots. Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism
A good friend of mine who finished the AT and the PCT and others like him would be a good reference, their journals can be read at trailjournals.com. I recommend befriending any one of them and asking them what works. I made pemmican and sent it to my friend on the trail, but that wasn't possible all the time. While doing it totally primal would be the ideal way to go, not sure its going to work in the long run unfortunately. Good luck.
You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes
ETA: I've thought about fishing my way along the trail, but that takes some time, not to mention stinking like fresh fish in bear country. Anyway, JediGrok, keep us posted when you can!
Last edited by Jen AlcesAlces; 03-26-2011 at 02:43 PM.
Take a moment to watch this, beautifully done:
Video: Hike the 2,200-Mile Appalachian Trail in 4 Minutes
Excellent gear list! You've got a nice lightweight setup!
I know what I am forgetting now! A pillow! And a camp towel!
I'd like to upgrade my sleeping bag someday to a WM down, would save me a couple pounds! How do you like those REI Midweights? My heavyweights seem like there midweights warmth wise. I almost bought a Seirus hat, how do you like yours? A suggestion on stoves, I'd take both alchy and canister. Most alchy stoves i've encountered weigh under an ounce and fuel is really easy to get (from what I hear). Just isn't as fast to cook with as a canister stove.
My sleeping bag liner is a Sea to Summit reactor thermolite bag, supposedly it adds 15 degrees of warmth which I feel it does add some warmth to the bag. They make another liner that is beefer, adds up to 25 degrees of added warmth.
Fishing Gear - Yup I plan on keeping my rod and reel with me the whole time. I hear theres good fishing in Maine! Its very small and lightweight. Here is a LINK to the setup I bought. I added 2x spinner bait and a couple hooks too.
I am contemplating on a pellet gun pistol to hunt small critters with for extra protein
Your list looks really complete and well thought out. If it wasn't for the internet I think my backpack would weight in at over 60+ pounds of useless gear Always good to compare and share suggestions with each other!
Your friend must have made an awesome meal to earn that name!
Are you kidding?! Don’t bring a pellet gun! Leave only footprints dude.
Whats wrong with bringing a pellet gun pistol anyways? Only negative I see is added weight. Positives would be being able to hunt for food, and it would be a source of entertainment as I love to hunt.