My Dirt Time The Adventures of Tom Sciacca

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

My Dirt Time I don't think we set up this trip to intentionally hike the Appalachian Trail, but the area we went to was just off the AT. We hiked in on the AT for about a mile. (I know itís not like we actually hiked the AT, but we were there) Then we hiked up Hawk Mountain and that was fun. It was a beautiful hike and I was again reminded of how out of shape I am.

The inset picture is of a couple of our groups that hiked up the mountain and met on top. The view behind us was amazing. We did notice something interesting when we were on the mountain. From the top of Hawk Mountain we could see the road we took in. While we were driving in we seemed to be entering a deep wilderness almost. However the view showed us that just off the road were vast clearings on both sides of the road. That was interesting to me from a survival perspective. The woods can be funny. It sure can help to get a higher view of the area. This reminds me of something I do often while Iím hiking and really helps me a lot. I watch my backtrail. What that means is that while your hiking, turn around and look at the view from the opposite direction. After all, this will be what you see when your hiking back out. Youíll be amazed at how different everything looks. If youíre just hiking along and looking the one direction youíll think that youíll recognize it on the way out and many times you wonít.

A couple more very important pieces of gear for your winter equipment camping list are a couple compasses and a couple maps of the area. At least one of the maps should be a relief map showing elevation. This way you can know whatís around you without being on top of a mountain. It's not about the END OF THE WORLD - It's not about surviving a hypothetical PLANE CRASH - It's about the SATISFACTION YOU GET knowing you can take care of yourself and/or your family in ANY SITUATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

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