On hikes of a month or more, the journey becomes a brand-new lifestyle with a whole new set of priorities. Once you've decided to hike a long trail like the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, or the Continental Divide Trail, you need to plan and prepare for the trip. Do you want to sleep in a tent or under a tarp or use a hammock? How will you find water and what's the best way to treat it? How will you protect yourself from the elements? How much money will you need to save? Planning and embarking on a long-distance hike can be daunting, but Dan Feldman breaks it down and helps focus on what will make you hike smooth and successful.
The next step, managing problems on-trail, is just as vital to success. You'll need to become familiar with trail logistics, but just as important is your ability to stay sharp in stressful or uncomfortable circumstances, to choose the right types of foods, to recognize boredom or a negative fame of mind, and to manage injuries. Dan takes these issues and proposes solutions to everyday problems that can quickly escalate on the trail.
Following a trail for thousands of miles is a major achievement, and this book will help you make your goal a reality.