Kendrick Peak – How a Day on the Trail Can Change Your Life

Kendrick Peak- Kaibab National Forest

This was my first real hike.  My dad made arrangements for it to happen which now in retrospect is pretty monumental because he’s not a planner.  I don’t know where the idea came from nor how he picked Kendrick specifically.  It is located in Flagstaff, a city a few hours north of Phoenix.  As a kid “Flag” was totally lame-oh because there was nothing to do there.  We went pretty regularly to stay at Fort Tuthill, a military rec site with A-frame cabins.  It was always nice to be in the mountains and explore in the woods but it got a bit boring after a while.  Plus Flag may be at 6900 feet but it still felt like being in Phoenix.  It wasn’t THAT  much colder. Continue reading

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My Hiking Resume’- The Early Years

It both makes sense and doesn’t that we are trying to undertake this journey.

I somewhat have an outdoors history, but it’s pretty remote.  It’s far from being enough that anyone would hear I’m hiking the AT and say “well that makes sense”.  It’s also far from being enough experience to lend me any current skill at this whole thru-hike thing.  Growing up my father was in the military.  While I was lucky and only lived in 3 different places, it did (also luckily) involve 4 years in England in the early 80’s when I was 2-6yo.  Surprisingly I remember quite a bit of it.  The reason for that likely is that my parents were very devoted to experiencing all England had to offer. Continue reading

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About the AT- You, It’s What’s For Dinner

We discussed previously that the AT is dangerous for 3 reasons thus far- You Can Go Insane, You Can Die, and You Can Catch Stuff.  I’m sure everyone is already packing their bags in eager anticipation of joining us on the trail.  Well here goes the 4th Reason:

4.  Stuff Can Catch YOU

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About the AT- A Whole Post About Poo

For those keeping score this makes 2 Oregon Trail References

Okay back at it.

We were discussing reasons why the AT is so damn hard.

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Safety and The Appalachian Trail

This is a very broad post and probably just more reactionary to get stuff off my chest after learning about the death on the AT a few weeks ago.  As mentioned in my post About the AT- the Real Version, there was recently a tragedy on the AT.  Continue reading

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Off the Couch and On the Trail

I figured I should explain the name of this blog before we get any further.

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About the AT- The REAL Version!!!

Okay Mom’s this is your warning!  In fact click on THIS and you can re-read everything about the wonderful Appalachian Trail.  The safe, well-organized, simple, old, reliable Appalachian Trail.

Alright I warned you.  If you proceed from here I don’t want to hear a word about it! Continue reading

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About the AT- The Mom-Friendly Version

The short version is pretty simple- start in Maine at Mt. Katahdin and walk to  Georgia ending at Springer Mountain.

The Obligatory “About the AT” Map

But the real money is in the details:

2180-ish miles

14 States

6 months of hiking on average

Total elevation gain equivalent of hiking Mt Everest 16x

Burn up to 6000 calories a day

2000 people attempt it each year

Only 1 in 4 complete the entire journey. Continue reading

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