Post Appalachian Trail Depression: Advice from Miss Janet

It was July, 24 2011, a group of 20+ hikers huddled around a large picnic table in the backyard of the Happy Hiker’s Hostel in Glencliff, New Hampshire.  The night’s menu offered home-cooked meatloaf, grilled corn on the cob, mayonnaise-rich pasta salad, coleslaw, homemade buns lathered in liberal amounts of butter, and of course Miller […]

Sensory Underload: Ninety Minutes Inside An Isolation Tank

Because 5 months in the woods wasn’t enough to isolate me from the surrounding world, I decided to kick it up a notch. While on my little walk thingy, I became a big fan of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.  It served as my social fix when I wasn’t in the mood for actual interaction.  […]

4 Gross (But Completely True) Appalachian Trail Facts

The following infographic details four gross, but entirely factual, elements associated with the Appalachian Trail.  Feel free to print this out so you can educate others.  Everyone loves facts.

14 Days Later: Life After the Appalachian Trail

I’ve been awake for about two weeks now. The previous five months were merely a dream. You see, reality comes equipped with these little nuisances, we call “responsibilities”. In the dream, there was only one responsibility: “don’t die”. Over the past five months I have stripped myself of excess. This not only refers to the […]

5 Million Steps in 5 Minutes: Badger’s Appalachian Trail Video Slideshow

In the picture above, you are witness to what happens when a ginger head lays unattended for five months.  Despite it’s inherent ability to repel women, the beard will remain an indefinite resident of my face. But that’s neither here nor there. Over the past five months, I have done my best to paint you […]

Thank You

So, just a couple of days ago, August 22nd, 2011, exactly 5 months and 1 day from my start date, I completed my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Good stuff. There will be more reflection and insights on my merging back into your crazy indoor universe in posts to come, but as for right now, […]

Of Bears and Bullshit

Preamble: This post is both long and un-funny. I am taking a momentary lapse from humor to rant about a subject that I have spent much time consumed in the last 150 days or so. Despite what the proceeding post would imply, I still find fart jokes to be tremendously funny. Although I joke about […]

Badger’s Gear List 1,900 Miles Later

I’ve received a few requests for an updated list of the gear that currently rides on Badger’s back.  This post is dedicated to you.  And whoever else may derive value out of it. Instead of listing everything that I’m using, I will detail only the differences in gear from my original departure.

Last Lap-itis

I write this from the cement patio floor of a frat house at Dartmouth College. This is completely irrelevant to the proceeding post- but how could I not mention that? You know that uneasy feeling you get when some significant stage in your life is nearing its conclusion? Maybe you’ve experienced this during your senior […]

The War of Nutrition

You should definitely pay attention to this post if you are: 1) Planning on doing any sort of extended backing packing trip in the future, and 2) A sweaty individual You can still pay attention if you are only one or none of these things, but you have less to gain (other than a sense […]

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