Appalachian Trail Hike

Found this blog about a guy that’s currently hiking the Appalachian Trail, every single mile of it… Quite interesting read. He hasn’t come that far yet and he started posting February 17th and he took his first steps on the trail on the 5th of March.

His name is Tom and here’s his blog where you can follow his five month trip through 14 states.

 

 

Current Location: Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), Bryson City, NC
Current Map Location:
http://goo.gl/maps/8ppcR
Miles Hiked: 137.3
Miles Remaining: 2048.0

Repost: How to make your own (almost) free waterproof maps of Sweden

A quite useful guide if you live in or is visiting Sweden. Norway has their equivalent of this too and you’ll find that at Se eiendom.

Click to read the complete post at Fjaderlatt.se

If you like your hikes long, you will have to spend a lot of money on superfluous mapping just to cover your specific trail, and getting waterproof maps is sometimes impossible. But there is another way: if you can find a website that uses good quality maps you can simply take screenshots and print them on waterproof paper. This is a quick guide that shows you how to do it for Swedish maps.

Fjäderlätt.se is a site dedicated to lightweight backpacking and there are a bunch of interesting post there. Go check it out!

5 years of blogging

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Happy anniversary too meeeee!!

Five years of blogging here at WordPress, well time literally flies.

It’s quite funny to look back sometimes on past adventures and stuff – this is kind of like my modern day diary so to speak.

Not that secret though 🙂

See you around!

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88 tips to keep you safe while traveling

I OFTEN GET QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO STAY SAFE WHILE TRAVELING TO DISTANT AND UNSECURE DESTINATIONS. THE SHORT STORY, USE YOUR HEAD. IF SOMETHINGS SMELLS BAD, IT’S USUALLY BAD (GOES FOR FOOD TO). THE MORE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO PEOPLE AND EVENTS AROUND YOU, THE MORE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT HOW IT WORKS AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO FORESEE IT. A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER WILL SEE IT WHEN IT HAPPENS. A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER WILL SEE IT COMING. HERE IS EIGHTY EIGHT TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU KEEP SAFE AND SANE ON YOUR TRIPS.

– Jens Lennartsson

Vandring Franciscusleden med start i Borghamn, Omberg.

Here are a few, find the complete list here!

  1. Drink a lot water
  2. But boil it first
  3. If you are crossing a busy street, walk at the same time as a local and keep him between you and the traffic
  4. Never approach people with guns from behind
  5. There is no such thing as ”earning easy money”
  6. Keep your hand on your camera at all times
  7. If the first sentence starts with ”Hey, friend!”, he’s not your friend
  8. Use sunscreen
  9. Keep your equipment with you all the time
  10. Keep your money in several places

You’ll find the rest at the end of that link above. It’s probably nothing new for you but still it’s worth repeating them…

6 Reminders on Hiking Etiquette from TAoM

After spending a number of years in Utah hiking infrequently used trails, I returned to my native Washington state. Last month, I wanted to show my girlfriend some of the more popular local natural wonders, so we laced up our boots and headed for the hills. Not much had changed since my youth, but the trails sure did seem to be more crowded. After a few frustrating encounters on the trail, I realized that I had forgotten just about everything from my scouting days regarding trail etiquette. Here are a few things with which I needed a refresher, and that every hiker should keep in mind:

1. Horses, Hikers, and BikersP1010898 2. Yield to Uphill Traffic
3. Stay to the Right, Pass on the Left
4. Leave No Trace
5. Tech on the Trail
6. Be Friendly and Have Fun

Read about all the topics here at The Art of Manliness.

Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

ITS Tactical just posted a little something about edible plants. It was a good read. It’s nice to touch up on the old skills and once again to be reminded of what to eat and not to eat in case of an emergency.

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on? Some plants will keep you alive and are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals, while some could make you violently ill….or even kill you.

Read more at ITS Tactical.

And oh, I almost forgot! Grey Group Training has got a sale on Arc’Teryx gear this week.

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The Twenty Pull-ups Challenge

Well, why not! Sounds like fun 🙂

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Here’s a direct link to the training program.

Also check this article from ITS Tactical with the topic Functional Strength: Developing the Pull-Up

I might have posted this earlier but if that’s the case, here it comes again!

This is what I do at the gym and at home – great workout actually, I’m glad I found it a while back… Been doing this for about a year now and my back problems are long gone and my “functional strength” is getting better and better!