Completing a long-distance hike requires planning and research. Completing a long-distance hike when you have literally zero experience requires planning, research, deep breaths, and a good sense of humor about the fact that you’re a beginner and that you don’t know what you don’t know and that you will obviously make a lot of mistakes.
Yes, I made a lot of mistakes.
But here are the resources that helped me the most on my first hike, without which I would have made many more mistakes.
As I continue to find new and particularly helpful resources I’ll be sure to add them to the list as well!
Books & Blogs
- Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, by Carrot Quinn
- Without Carrot, I would not have done my first hike. I am enormously grateful for her book and blog, for the conversation we had on my podcast, and for all of her other pre-hike guidance and mentorship. Everything good that came from this hike I owe to Carrot (and to Zach, whose book is next on the list).
- Pacific Crest Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, by Zach Davis and Carly Moree
- Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips, by Mike Clelland
- The Trek
- Halfway Anywhere
- Clever Hiker
- Do More With Less, created by Travis Barron and Eric Timmerman
- As It Happens, created by Andy Laub and Ian Mangiardi
- Only The Essential, created by Colin Arisman and Luke Kantola