A Need For Backpacking

There never seems to be enough time these days. With a new job, an active social life, and the need for sleep my affinity for hiking temporarily went on the back burner. Lately it seems that every time I plan on going for a hike I end up doing something else that has to get done. I’m beginning to feel that there just isn’t enough time for everything. I’m sure that if I worked hard to schedule my time more efficiently I would have more time. But it’s easy to let things slide and then before you know it there’s a pretty big pile of things that need to be done.

That being said, I’ve gotten pretty burnt out lately. And when I do have free time it’s nice to relax. But the past few weeks I have found myself having a burning desire to be hiking/backpacking/anything outdoors. I have a two-week winter break approaching, and if the weather cooperates I plan on taking full advantage of that. I’m hoping to do my first solo overnight backpacking trip just before Christmas and then hopefully will have two more trips after Christmas (one with my brother and the other with my boyfriend). I hope, more than anything, that the weather holds out for me. I don’t mind it being too cold, but if I’m doing my first solo trip in the middle of winter I’d prefer it not to be icy.

That being said, I live in the Asheville area so if any of you have recommendations for fairly easy trips that you think I might be comfortable doing alone, please let me know! I’m searching for something that won’t keep me too far away from civilization (just in case). And any suggestions for easing someone into the world of backpacking would be greatly appreciated as well. My boyfriend is not a backpacker and I want him to understand my love for it!

I’ve been reading a lot of books and blogs lately about the Appalachian Trail. It’s lit a burning fire of desire in my chest. And also renewed my resolve. But has also left me a little anxious. Everything is filled with warning about being prepared physically and mentally, but how can you mentally prepare yourself for something like that? It would be great to be able to connect with thru-hikers and future thru-hikers. I’m hoping to have enough saved to be able to set out in 2016! Time to start looking for a future job to fill up that savings account…

Anyways, I apologize for my long absence. I’m doing my best to come back with full force. I have several hikes to write about and many, many pictures to share! Stay tuned for more folks. And please, if you have any advice on backpacking, either solo or with a partner, or advice for thru-hiking please share with me!! I’m a novice when it comes down to it.

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2 thoughts on “A Need For Backpacking

  1. Greetings from a 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker! I’m excited to hear about your backpacking aspirations. Yes, everyone does talk about the mental and physical preparations, but the best way to prepare is to do what you’re doing: hike and read about the trail. If you’re looking for some good backpacking in North Carolina, sections of the Appalachian Trail are perfect. It’s generally pretty easy in that state (and, thus, ideal for a backpacking newbie like your boyfriend) but also beautiful. I just came back from a hike near Franklin and had a wonderful, albeit a bit chilly, time.

    Let me know if I can answer any specific questions for you! Happy trails!

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by! I love connecting with fellow hikers. It’s good to be reassured that by reading and hiking I am preparing myself, but sometimes the more I read the more daunting the trail seems. I’ve hiked a couple of sections of the AT in North Carolina, but only camped out once. I’d love to explore it some more. I am worried about it being too cold over Christmas, but hopefully the temperatures don’t drop too much.

    Thanks again! And happy trails!

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