A Guide to Long Trail Hiking

gpAuthor's Note

My friend Jon Beckham, who I mention in this article, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) a few years ago, and it sounded like a magical experience. While the Long Trail takes about a month to thru-hike, the AT takes five to seven depending on your skill level. Not everyone who starts the AT finishes, and Beckham actually started the hike with his dad who had to bail before it was over. One of the things that stuck with me about his story was how much peanut butter he ate. To hear Beckham tell it, long distance hiking is best fueled by peanut butter, and I have a mental image of him eating peanut butter out of the jar just like Pooh Bear ate from his hunny pot.

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