“Springer Fever” – a serious, but not fatal, affliction experienced by many hikers that provokes an overwhelming urge to be (back) on the Appalachian Trail – is upon us!
While the term is generally used to describe the few months leading up to the hike’s start date (similar to “It’s-Freaking-Cold-Outside-and-I-Wish-Winter-Would-Be-Over-With-Already Fever”), “Springer Fever” is a year-round sentiment felt by many hikers whenever time is NOT spent in the woods. Nevertheless, I know for a fact that those planning an upcoming hike on the Appalachian Trail are spending much of their free time Googling things like:
“Hammock camping vs. tent camping”
“What should my base weight be?”
“Did Bill Bryson hike the entire Appalachian Trail?”
“What are my odds of getting eaten by a black bear?”
“How do I effectively shit in the woods?”
For those planning an upcoming thru-hike, you may be in your final stages or, at the very least, getting your feet wet on what’s to come (figuratively and literally). So, without further ado, I’ve decided to compose an Appalachian Trail series chronicling our experiences throughout this 14 state hike. I’ve decided to do so for two reasons really:
- I distinctly remember this time, three years ago, where I soaked up any and all information I could about the A.T. I was overwhelmed with excitement and slightly overwhelmed with uncertainty of what’s to come. I hope to shed some light for those that are in the same boat as we were.
- I just plain miss the trail – and all the people that make the trail wonderful – so it’s fun to write about!
Now, this series isn’t solely for those planning to go for a long walk in the woods. It’s also aimed at those seeking a little entertainment – maybe your boss is on vacation and you are going to do anything BUT work; maybe you feel the need to do something productive in between binge-watching Netflix (i.e. binge internet surfing); whatever it is, I aim to provide.
Truth be told, I struggled with just how detailed I wanted this series to be. It became easy to lose myself in my writing as memories flooded in about which hostel I loved or which town really blew or where the views were breathtaking (hint: they are located on the Appalachian Trail). I wanted to be detailed enough to satisfy those seeking some more insight for their hike but not so detailed where I lost those who would rather battle Ebola than spent 6 months in the woods. I think I’ve ended up with a healthy mix of both (the writing, not some weird Ebola/woods mixture).
If you are planning an A.T. adventure, I’ll just add in this: Whiteblaze.net is a great place to start for any A.T. planning. I spent many hours on this site when seeking any trail specifics. Please do take opinions with a grain of salt, though. While one person may utterly denounce using a mail drop method to get food resupplies, it may be an excellent option for others. Find whatever works for you. As is said on the trail, “Hike Your Own Hike” (H.Y.O.H.). And believe me, if you aren’t sick of hearing HYOH already, you will be after hearing it 187 billion times throughout the duration of your hike. It would have tempted even Mother Teresa to punch someone in the throat.
I digress… yes… Whiteblaze. I’d highly recommend checking it out for yourself… after spending many hours here, of course.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your upcoming hike. I’d be more than happy to help wherever possible. You can feel free to contact me about anything really. Examples of some areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
… How to eat your lunch on samples at the grocery store…
… Why bulldogs > all other dog breeds (FACT)…
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Happy Trails and Happy Reading!