Solo Hiking Advice from Record Speed Hiker Joe McConaughy


We all need some space. The desire for all things empty and wide-open is only amplified by coronavirus travel restrictions and stay-at-home mandates. If you’re suffering from the side-effect that is cabin fever, trail inspiration can help. Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy has plenty to share. He holds the speed-record (FKT) for both the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail. McConaughy just launched an eight-week online expedition-planning course with backpacking legend Andrew Skurka. The goal is to help all hikers extend distances by developing a system and strategy to prepare for their first (or 10th) overnight trip. Enjoy the free film documenting McConaughy’s journey solo through-hiking (and setting the 45.5-day record) on the 2,190-mile-long Appalachian Trail, as well as a few of the new standard-setter’s tips for how best to hike…

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