With the American closed to Canadians, so are my Appalachian dreams.

America is Closed!

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts
Originally appeared on The Trek

The global pandemic hasn’t only forced the closure of the Appalachian Trail, effectively to all non-Americans, it also means the USA is closed too!

My Canadian feelings aren’t hurt in any way whatsoever. Frankly, the border closures are a prudent medical necessity, plus we in Canada have also closed our borders to Americans too. It is what it is! So what next?

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COVID 19 Tracking

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts

Since my Appalachian Trail adventure of 2020 was cancelled because of the global COVID 19 pandemic, I started tracking the death rates of both Canada and the USA. I did this hoping to loosely forecast when and if I could get to the trailhead in Georgia on time to complete the AT before the snow starts to fall in Maine.

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To Drop or Not to Drop - That is the Question!

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts
Originally appeared on The Trek

I have backpacked lots. Bears don't bother me, black flies can be managed, snow is not a problem, even zombies don't give me any camper angst. What still boosts my anxiety to neurotic levels is this question: "To drop or not to drop?" This is an important question, no doubt.

It depends on a few basic variables: how much food are you willing to carry, how far is it between resupply points, your hiking pace, and finally, what and where are your mail drop options.

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Zombies don't thru-hike... so one of the safest places during the next zombie-pandemic will be the AT
Zombies don't thru-hike... so one of the safest places during the next zombie-pandemic will be the AT

Zombies Don't Thru-Hike

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts
Originally appeared on The Trek

Thru-hiking during the next zombie pandemic could save your life! I have camped in many faraway places, in the harshest of climates, and with the strangest of camping partners; however, there will never be a greater personal challenge than camping during a zombie apocalypse! Don't sweat it, I have some well-researched tips to reduce the likelihood of you becoming zombie trail food! The biggest benefit of long haul backpacking during zomboid-apocalyptic times - is "zombies don't thru-hike."

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AT 2020 # 1 - An Introduction

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts
Originally appeared on The Trek

INTRODUCTION

Join DUDLEY on his Appalachian Trail Adventure. This Crazy Camping Canuck ... has been dreaming of the AT for decades. 2020 is the year! This video introduction explains what drove an old man from a comfortable retirement to the hard life of a Thru-Hiker!  Dudley - aka Campology's own Bruce Watts - will be VLOGGING exclusively on THE TREK's Youtube channel.  Dudley loves The Trek and super excited to be working with some fine folks.

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My AT gear list was 35 years in the making.

AT Gear Choices

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts
Originally appeared on The Trek

Overview

My Appalachian Trail gear choices were 37 years in the making.

I have hiked more than 5000 kilometres over 4 decades, and my gear has changed massively as I learned and technology evolved. In the early 80's my pack base weight was around 20lbs... over the next decade it ballooned to a crippling 40lbs. Today it's generally sub 10lbs and my knees, heart, and soul love my "new" light and lean gear!  

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