Tomorrow I start the busy part of this hiking season. After several weeks of non-stop programming and computer work, I’m traveling down to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey to hike on the Appalachian Trail for a few weeks.
By the end of the month I plan to hike through New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts on the AT. The timing is just right, since the hiking season further north is partially mud-season, partially shoulder-season (not the best time for hiking in the mountains of northern New England). I haven’t spent a night on the trail since October. The urge is getting harder to ignore.
It’s always nice to be able to use a 300-mile backpacking trip to fulfill multiple goals. The most obvious goal for now is to map out more of the AT for my apps, but now is also a good time for a hike even without the apps to motivate me. I’ve wanted to revisit the New York and New Jersey sections of the AT for years, since I was last on them six years ago. Plus, I like to go on a good early-season backpacking trip to remind myself how much summer conditioning my body has lost since last year, and to get back in the practice of backpacking.
I’ve got two new pieces of hiking equipment to test out, a few new techniques to try, and lots of places to explore. I’ll update the blog a couple times a week if I can, and send some posts to Facebook. See you on the trail!