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Gear Review: Osprey Aura AG 65

One of the “Big 3”, choosing a backpack can be very time consuming and vital to your gear list. If the Aura 65 is in your top 5 choices, read to see about my experiences with it.

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Hello, folks! Here’s my first post-AT hike gear review, and I’m starting it off with my Osprey Aura 65L AG backpack that I used on my journey north on the Appalachian Trail. I’m going to try to make all my reviews simple and organised for anyone who reads it; especially if you’re a future (thru)hiker looking at all those gear reviews before buying anything! Onto the review! Continue reading “Gear Review: Osprey Aura AG 65”

Instagram

Hello, folks! Welcome to my little corner blog here on WordPress. Had a bunch of new followers over the past few days, and wanted to say hi! Right now I’m revamping this whole blog, adding new pages, getting things organised, and writing up gear reviews as well as documenting my daily routine to get back in shape – not only for the AT  – but for me in general.

One of the social media platforms I’m most active on would definitely be Instagram. So far, I’ve documented the first 1/3rd of the AT on my iPhone 7+. I wish I was able to bring my Canon 7D, but that’d be a death sentence to my pack’s weight. I’m hoping in the future to own a Sony Alpha mirrorless system – kind of the UL version of professional camera gear – and be able to take better quality and detailed images.

For now, my iPhone 7+ is gonna be my workhorse as I make my way up the AT over the next year. Here’s some photos from 2017’s section of the trail.

Amber Redfield on Instagram

Overhaul

Hello, everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated anything on this blog. Life got in the way… well… injuring myself on the AT got in the way and I’ve been healing for a few months.

Getting off trail due to an injury bummed me out to the point I couldn’t update this blog without feeling so depressed. Instead, I’m going to start revamping this to share the 1/3rd of the trail I hiked and how I’ll be returning to the AT in 2018 to finish what I started!

Stay tuned, folks.

• Fury

“You have to regard yourself as a cloud, in the flesh, because you see clouds never make mistakes… Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever see a badly designed wave? Heh, no they always do the right thing.

But if you will treat yourself for awhile as a cloud, a wave, and realize that you can’t make a mistake, whatever you do. Because even if you do something that seems to be totally disastrous, it all come out in the wash somehow or other.

Then through this capacity you will develop a kind of confidence, and through confidence you will be able to trust your own intuition.

But this is the middle way of knowing it has nothing to do with your decision to do this or not, whether you decide that you can’t make a mistake or don’t decide it – it is true anyway – that you are like cloud and water.

And through that realisation without overcompensating in the other direction, you will come to the point where you begin to be on good terms with your own being and to be able to trust your own brain.”

— Alan Watts

Through The Thickets: The Life of a Thruhiker on the Appalachian Trail

It’s been a crazy few months on the trail. Here’s a montage of clips from my thruhike so far. I plan to write up a more in-depth post later this evening. Have a lot to chew on.

I mainly write about my AT hike on The Trek, which you can find my articles here. I plan to import them to this blog at one point.

Appalachian Trail 2017 : Amicalola Falls to Lance Creek Campsite

Packing Your Fears

You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen it discussed in YouTube videos and blogs where people talk about this issue. You never think it’ll bite you in the ass.

I really thought I was doing well with my organisation and quantity of items. It’s been going well the past few months!
Then the day came where I was 6 hours from my train down to Georgia and everything just crumbled. Continue reading “Packing Your Fears”