New to Forums - Getting back on the Trail
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JT Croteau
(JT_w6fo) - F
New to Forums - Getting back on the Trail on 10/25/2006 08:05:52 MDT Print View

New to the forums and looking to get back on the trail soon.

I grew up in the shadows of the White Mountains and the A.T.. Now some 30 years later, I find myself living close to the other end of the A.T. in the backyard of Springer mountain.

One goal of mine has always been to do a thru-hike of the A.T. but this is still a few years off. I need to get loose weight and get back in shape before attempting more than just a few short day hikes.

I'm also going to need new gear. I'm a minimalist by heart and travel light in general so my backpacking gear will probably be the same way. However, I don't have much cash to spare on some of the really high-end stuff so I am going to be keeping it on the cheap but not cheap in safety or quality.

- JT

Marion Watts Jr
(mdwattsjr) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: New to Forums - Getting back on the Trail on 10/25/2006 15:50:16 MDT Print View

JT,

Welcome. Sounds like you'll be intersted in the "Make Your Own Gear" forum here. Lots of good advice for making good lightweight gear for much less than purchase price. Enjoy the forums and enjoy getting back out there.

Regards,

MD

james schardt
(jamie_s) - F
Re: New to Forums - Getting back on the Trail on 10/28/2006 05:36:09 MDT Print View

I found these links to be very helpful. Maybe they will give you some ideas.

http://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors/gear/cheap.html

http://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors/gear/backpack-cheap.html