I recently returned from a three week backpacking trip of Spain with a pair of good friends. In a nutshell, it was bananas (bananas come in nut shells, everyone knows that). Below is part one of a two part story from the trip. Wednesday, July 9th, 2013 9:30pm: We arrive to Pamplona, the location of […]
Next to cat farts, Ian Mangiardi is the most commonly used phrase on this website. That is because Ian was the Good Badger’s Appalachian Trail Mr. Miyagi. He outlined my gear list, calmed my nerves, and set my expectations. Although it’s too speculative to say that I would or wouldn’t have finished without his guidance, […]
Conventional wisdom on diet and exercise has left us fat, depressed, and retarded. We deserve better.
Remember wayyyyyy back in February when I moved to San Francisco to embark in a new chapter of my existence? Well much like the construct of Appalachian Trials, this chapter was pithy. And now, like my favorite movie starring a golden retriever, I’m Homeward Bound (sorry Air Bud). In many ways, the past nine months […]
Last Wednesday, August 22, marked my one year anniversary of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. In it of itself, that is maybe worthy of a Facebook status. This post is dedicated to reflecting on where my life, or more accurately, my mindset, has since gone. I’m Back When Michael Jordan made this proclamation in 1995, it […]
Hey team, I ran out of un’s. If I missed any, feel free to throw them in the comment rectangle at the bottom of this weblog. BUT THIS POST IS MUCH BIGGER THAN UNS. This post is about REI, YOU & ME. If you live in the Bay Area, you have the rare opportunity to […]
I recently received the below e-mail… (the names have been changed to protect the innocent- but mostly to make myself laugh) “Hey Zach, My name is Cletus Chud and I am a friend of Russel Rambcastle.
Last month, I, along with a trio of friends, hiked the continental United States’ tallest mountain – Mt. Whitney. Maxing out at an elevation of 14,508 ft, this 22-mile round trip trek is considered one of the most difficult day hikes in the entire country. I am proud to report that our attempt was a […]
You’ve heard a lot about The Dusty Camel and Ian Mangiardi, both on this site and in Appalachian Trials. Ian played a huge role in my thru-hike preparation, and ultimately, the book. For this I am forever grateful. But the catalyst to all of the AT goodwill began even before Ian took the reigns of […]
I have this friend… This friend is a diligent worker. This friend shows up to work earlier and earlier every year. This friend leaves work later and later. This friend eats a very abbreviated lunch at their desk. This friend handles urgent work e-mail on the weekend (and most e-mail is urgent). This friend has […]