Happy One Year Blog-a-versary to me! (and you...I guess)
I have finally added the Gear tab to the site, contained inside of it is a chart and list which I constructed for my second Appalachian Trials post which can be found HERE, my next post for Appalachian Trials will probably be my second day on the Trail covering getting to the Trail and starting out, so if you're interested in following closer than that Going Big is the place to be.
Now to cover a few Admin notes, I have added that Instagram button I promised. This should make it easier to locate the page which the Photo Stream feeds from for people to Follow. Soon I'll be adding a GPS Tab where the SPOT Gen3 Beacon will live update for people to track my progress. I'll post another update once this happens. Also I need to construct and bag a first aid kit to complete the gear list.
Now that the gear list is up, I'm expecting some feedback from Appalachian Trials readers, so we shall see if any changes end up getting made before I leave Springer...which is the next problem that I touch on briefly in my AppTrials post. How exactly I will be getting to the Trailhead, currently my thought is to utilize Amtrak service to Gainesville, GA and then use one of ATC's recommended SHUTTLES to get to USFS 42 Parking Area which is .9 miles away from the summit of Springer.
*Gasp* No Approach Trail?!
No...No Approach Trail.
There was never a plan to do the Approach as it's not a part of the official length of the Trail.
Now that drama is out of the way, I can either go straight to the Trailhead or stay somewhere to try to get one more night of decent sleep, another thought has been to get a sleeper cab on the Amtrak so I can chill during the 24 hour trip down to Georgia. Having orders at my unit have enabled me to have a little bit more pre-Trail funding that would enable this choice, but we'll see.
I am waiting on hike planning guides to arrive. I have ordered both the ATC Official Companion and the AWOL Guide, I am going to use them both in the pre-Trail phase of the hike and decide which one will be better to take with me in addition to the Guthook App on my phone.
I also assume people are looking at my choice to bring an iPod and a Smartphone with a raised eyebrow, this choice allows me to listen to music or books all day and have my device with mobile data off or in super battery saver mode (Which is the best feature of my phone that has it operating in Black and White with limited functionality and it will run for 72 hours like this). This will allow me to listen in peace all day and reserve my phone for correspondence and blogging at night.
32 James Bond Books
28 R. A. Salvatore Books
15 Dune Books
I've heard you get bored of the music on your device and that audiobooks not only are more exciting, but also it gets you up and onto the Trail if you're interested in following the story. So I'm going to give that a try, with these titles and probably some others (Star Wars EU titles?).
There are a couple hikers already on Trail and I am following them closely.
56 Days and Counting
(PS - At the End of July, long after my expected completion date, my folks are going to be up in the Lake Winnipesaukee and planning on peak bagging some summits for a Belknap Range Patch. I have been discussing with her some of the hike planning strategy and I think I am going to do a 12.2 Belknap Range Trail Thru, bagging 8 of the needed peaks....but that's a long way out. It's just fun to see my Mom with Trail maps.)