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Gorp-Gobbler - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2015

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City: Grove City
State: Ohio
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 26, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jul 18th, 2014

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 444
Journal Visits: 9,143
Guestbook Views: 724
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New Equipment

It's been a while since I posted on this journal site, so let me bring you up to date where I'm at.

After applying for countless jobs and having no luck, I decided to take early Social Security at the ripe old age of 62. I'm living back in my home state of Ohio. I've been buying new backpacking equipment a piece or two a month out of my checks, and just about have everything I need.

The equipment I started hiking with, which I bought back in the 70s, weighed a ton compared to the light weight stuff they have now. For an example, my Big Agnes "Fly Creek UL2" has a trail weight of 2 lbs. 2 oz. It's a three season, free standing tent for two, which I believe will suit me just fine.

I'm going with a Granite Gear "Crown VC 60" pack, which weighs a mere 2 lbs. 4 oz., a Big Agnes "Fish Hawk" sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs. 12 oz., and a Big Agnes "Air Core SL" sleeping pad, which weighs 17 oz.

My choice of stove is a Snow Peak "Giga Power" which has a built in pizeo igniter, and my cooking pot is a GSI "Pinnacle Soloist". The combined weight of these two items is around 14 oz.

I've reached the (5) photo limit per entry, so I'll just tell you what else I hope to accomplish. Once I make my last purchases of a sleeping bag liner, treking poles, and some sort of ground cloth for my tent, I'm planning on hiking the "Buckeye Trail" here in Ohio, before winter sets in this year. The BT is 1,444 miles long and it encircles the whole state. Go to for information on this trail.

Well, until the next entry, I bid you PEACE and HAPPINESS!

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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more:


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