A weekend thru-hike

This writer's first NYT byline, & more

The first time I went on a solo backpacking trip was in 2015, over Memorial Day weekend. I laid out my gear the way the folks on the ultralight and Appalachian Trail subreddits do it. I spent hours when I should have been working crafting an itinerary and noting when I’d be where, so that my roommate or parents could alert the authorities if I went miss…

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