I was just recently nominated for the Liebster Award. Thanks Ashli! Check out her blog here (she’s a seasoned AT Thru Hiker so go to her for any advice you may need): https://ashlilauryn.wordpress.com/

From what I understand, this is used to help young blogs get more traffic and meet other bloggers via the interwebz.

The basic rules are as follows:

  1. Thank and link back to your nominator.
  2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with 200 or fewer followers and link to them.
  4. Draft 11 new questions for your nominees.
  5. Notify your nominees via their blogs or social media.

So, I was asked a series of questions by Ashli and I will go ahead and answer them below, and then post my questions after!

1) NOBO SOBO or other?

NOBO all the way, though I am starting in the last week of Feburary so it will be more like a SOBO (I have been told).

2) What is your start date?

February 22nd, 2015 (BRRRRR)

3) What made you choose to thru hike the Appalachian Trail?

I have always enjoyed backpacking, since I was literally born (there are photos of my parents toting me around on day hikes before I could even speak), and I have backpacked multiple sections. Particularly, one time I was at Mt Rogers for fall break with my some of my friends from Outdoor Pursuits, and I remember talking to some southbounders, who encouraged me to try it one day. As it turns out, 3 years later, here I am, about to graduate with a Bachelor’s in materials engineering, no prospective job, about to leave my current internship, and my lease is 2 weeks from ending. In that moment, I was sitting at my friend Brandon’s apartment when he jokingly said “you should just go ride trains for a few months” and I realized that this was the PERFECT opportunity to thru hike, if I were ever going to have one again in my life.

4) What is your biggest fear about your hike?

Not really scared of anything in particular, I am pretty rushed though. I am going to attempt to summit Katahdin during week 21.

5) How heavy will your pack be?

I’ve got my base weight down to about 21 pounds right now (I need to go weigh it again, I have made a few additions and subtractions.

6) Mail drops or wing it?

A little bit of both 😉

7) What kind of shoes will you wear?

I’m rocking so Merrell Moabs right now cause I have really shitty foot strength, but I may swap over to trail runners at some point

8) What food will you crave the most out on the trail?

ZAXBY’S dear god I don’t think they have any north of the mason dixon line. That will be the first thing I eat when I get back (for those of you who are unfortunate enough to not know what that is, it is literally the most addictive chicken finger place ever. Seriously, I hate fast food and I love this place. I swear they put cocaine in the sauce).

9) What is your favorite thing about backpacking?

Being able to carry me myself and my 35 pound pack to new places and sights I’ve never been to. I guess it’s kind of a self reliant thing that attracts me.

10) Tent or hammock?

I am going to attempt to hammock, but my UL nature might get the best of me (I have 4 season gear, so I am going to at least try to get though NC). EDIT: I will be taking my hammock for the warmer months, for now I just plan on shelters and tarp as back up.

11) If you could ask a previous thru hiker any question, what would it be?

Did you have any epiphanies?

12) What luxury item will you be bringing?

Well this is 12 questions so I can’t answer this question… Just kidding! Not sure what you would call a luxury item… I can’t think of any I am purposefully bringing, however to an 8 pound base weight ultralighter, he’ll probably consider about half my stuff luxury.

SOOO, I have to nominate 11 blogs now. I chose people that are prepping for a thru hike, have done a thru hike, or are currently hiking it (if you are currently on a hike, I don’t expect you to repost this lol I’m just trying to help you out by getting you some more traffic). Basically, anyone who is a backpacking enthusiast. And the list begins {insert drumroll}…

  1. https://aveganthruhike.wordpress.com/
  2. https://christianayoob.wordpress.com/
  3. https://thegillianlife.wordpress.com/
  4. https://explorationsbylauren.wordpress.com/
  5. https://kurtbodling.wordpress.com/
  6. https://thruhiker2013.wordpress.com/
  7. https://atfit.wordpress.com/
  8. https://kurtbodling.wordpress.com/
  9. http://anchoredadventure.com/
  10. https://pjcoleman17.wordpress.com/
  11. https://caittakesthetrail.wordpress.com/

My questions are:

  1. What events in your life led up to you finding your love for backpacking?
  2. What’s your favorite trail food?
  3. Do you play any instruments?
  4. What are your opinions on space travel, if any?
  5. What’s your luxury item you bring/plan to bring with you?
  6. If you could have ANY piece of gear invented, what would it be?
  7. What’s the meaning of life?
  8. Do you have a pet?
  9. What restaurant do you crave the most when you are out in the woods?
  10. Do you perform any other outdoor activities?
  11. If you ever confronted a black bear, what would you do?

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