AT Happiness: Shaving Weight

AT Happiness: Shaving Weight

Cutting down on weight any way I can.

Cutting down on weight any way I can.

One of the obvious concerns you have while thru-hiking is the amount of weight you are carrying.  We all start out with more weight than we need.  Primarily because we are all novice thru-hikers.   One of the commonalities I found with my fellow hikers was that we are all carrying too much food.

Since everything you have to live off is on our backs you get weight obsessed.   Hence the picture of my sawed off hair brush and tiny little tooth brush.  Neels Gap is the first major dumping point for excess weight.  I dumped 5 pounds there, another hiker over 15 pounds.  Most of us are aiming for 35 pound packs including food and water, I’ve met people starting out with over 50 pounds.  I’m around 35 right now and am looking to lose a few more once I get out of the Smoky Mountains and can dump my winter gear.  That will be a happy day my friends.  – Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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3 Responses to AT Happiness: Shaving Weight

  1. James edgeworth says:

    Mike;
    It’s nice in new York today. Hope your getting the same. shelly and I did an half marathon last October. I know how hard we trained and the excitement we felt when we actually did it. What u r doing is incredible and I admire you for doing so. KEEP GOING.

  2. James edgeworth says:

    Keep it going. Good luck

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