7 comments on “A Long Trail Primer

  1. Cell phones are good for getting ride or booking hostels. I keep the dam thing off on hikes. Not being connected is a huge relief!

  2. It is, indeed. I don’t mind people using them on the trail as long as they do so discreetly. Happily, the number of people doing the ubiquitous “Guess where I am!” phone calls from mountain tops seems to be much lower than when cell phones were a huge novelty.

    On the other hand, I do plan to check my email and such every day or two, in case there are any job-related emails coming my way. I’m going to try to minimize the pain of plugging back in at the end of the trip 😉

  3. Sounds like an awesome plan Ryan! While I have no long distance trail aspirations, the LT is one that I think we might just try to tackle someday. Looking forward to a LONG trip report (hmmm, guess that would be Long Trail report 😉 when you get back. I don’t blame you for wanting to leave the technology behind (other than for the ability to use Guthook Guides 😉

    Have a wonderful time!


  4. I’ll definitely have some kind of trip report, Mark. Hopefully with good things to report 🙂

    As for the technology, I won’t be leaving it behind– but it’s a good test of willpower to have it available and resist using it. I just read a kind of chilling article in this week’s Newsweek about addiction to Internet and phones, and thought “it’s good to know I’m not as hooked as the average American.” Wilderness is a good medicine for the brain overload.

  5. Can you post your equipment list and food supplies. I am headed out in September and could learn a lot from your experience. Thanks!

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