In order to maximise the usefulness of my iPhone I took it in to an Apple store for a check-up and walked out with a brand new internal battery for – for free!
I recently investigated the external battery market. As always, a backpacker needs to become a minor expert in a subject in order to see through the marketing fluff and make a wise purchasing decision so I thought it might be useful to pass on some of my new-found knowledge.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. That is the old phrase or truism. It’s easy to say or nod your head along with, but preparing to hike the AT encompasses many things, from physical to mental to equipment, from the practical to the abstract, and it’s hard to prepare fully. This article attempts to outline some of specific issues that I have identified to affect me as an individual, how I managed to do that, and how I have prepared in advance in order to best tackle those issues head on.
As a resident of the UK I cannot just wander into the US whenever I fancy. But getting a US visa is not a problem most UK visitors to the US have to worry about because our two fine countries have a ‘visa waiver’ system in place whereby tourists (sans criminal records and not carrying the plague obviously) can fill in a simple form while on board their flight to the US for entry up to a maximum of a 3 month stay. For regular clean-living British folks it’s the only way they ever need to travel.
But hiking the AT obviously takes longer than that to complete. What then? The answer is, you need to get a visa to hike the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail or Continental Divide Trail because all three of these National Scenic Trails take more than three months to hike.
Gear is a subject that hikers spend an inordinate amount of time and effort (and money!) on, especially hikers who routinely tackle trips lasting more than 2 nights. So what does a thru-hiker have to think about gear-wise compared to his more casual cousin?