Getting mentally prepared

AppalachianTrialsMaybe even more important than shaping your physical fitness is to prepare mentally. The certainly best you can do to tackle the problem is to read Zach Davis´ book APPALACHIAN TRIALS.

“Each year, it is estimated that more than 2,000 people set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, yet seven in ten ultimately fall short of their goal. Given the countless number of how-to books and websites offering information about logistics, gear, and endurance training, one would think that more people would finish this 2,200 mile trek. Why then, do so many hikers quit prematurely?
After successfully thru-hiking the AT in five months with zero prior backpacking experience, author, Zach Davis, is convinced he’s discovered the answer. Aspiring thru-hikers, Davis tells readers, are preparing the wrong way- sweating on the StairMaster, meticulously plotting each re-supply box, or obsessing over the perfect sleeping bag or pair of socks.
While the AT undoubtedly presents extraordinary physical challenges, it is the psychological and emotional struggles that drive people off the trail. Conquering these mental obstacles is the key to success. This groundbreaking book focuses on the most important and overlooked piece of equipment of all- the gear between one’s ears.”

More info: Appalachian Trials

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The working life we´re going to leave behind for 6 months …

Factory, Bruce Springsteen

Early in the morning factory whistle blows
Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes
Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light
It’s the working, the working, just the working life
Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain
I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain
Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life
The working, the working, just the working life
End of the day, factory whistle cries
Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes
And you just better believe, boy, somebody’s gonna get hurt tonight
It’s the working, the working, just the working life
Cause it’s the working, the working, just the working life

3500 km in 46 days

The unofficial record for the fastest (supported, means you “only” have to carry a day pack) thru hike of the Appalachian Trail is currently held by a women, American long distance hiker and author Jennifer Pharr Davis with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, an average of 47 miles (76 km) a day, set on July 31, 2011. 46daysThe record was done SOBO (southbound) from Maine to Georgia. Unbelievable!
Besides. the current speed record for a self-supported (meaning no vehicle or crew support) thru-hike was set by Matthew Kirk in 2013, at 58 days, 9 hours, and 40 minutes. Even Kirk’s hike was completed in a southbound direction from mid June to early August.

Video on National Geographic

“46 Days”, book about Jennifer´s hike

Winter testing our new Tarp Tent Rainshadow 2

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  • Bathtub floor with floor walls that lay flat for ventilation and additional floor space
  • Dual trekking poles support
  • Abundant netting for views, airflow, and insect resistance; bug proof when zipped up
  • Front beak shields rain, provides gear storage
  • Fast setup — 2 minutes from sack to pitched
  • Quick drying — inside and out in minutes
  • Small packed size — removable strut for stuffing
  • Catenary ridgelines for wind, sag, and storms

In the very beginning there was a book …

Bill Bryson, A walk in the woods. Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalacthhian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America.
At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz , Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and – perhaps most alarming of all – people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.
Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime’s ambition – not to die outdoors.

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is approximately AT_Community_color_logo2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the precise length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The path is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers.
www.appalachiantrail.org
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