AT Thru-Hiker’s “Hot or Not” List After One Week on Trail

I’ve officially been hiking north from Springer Mountain towards Maine for one week. Below are my takes on what’s “Hot or Not” from my first seven days as a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

Hot: Trekking Poles

Before starting this thru-hike, I was blasé towards trekking poles. I could take’em or leave’em. But let me tell you, these things have already saved my ass/knees/feet/dignity more times than I can count. Biped life isn’t for me, I’m a quadruped from here on out. ...

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