Posts by Matt Healey

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The Snap: A few days ago I wrote about the need to just keep going. If you want to get something done, then you need to press on. But that is only half the story. The other half is the need for rest. You can not drive at ...
It's a Balancing Act

REST IS CRITICAL

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The Snap: A few days ago I wrote about the need to just keep going. If you want to get something done, then you need to press on. But that is only half the story. The other half is the need for rest. You can not drive at full speed all the time. The Download: [&hellip
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The Snap: According to a lot of fellow hikers I am fast. I cover a lot of miles every day. The thing is I don't feel like I walk much faster than everyone else. So then how come I can cover more miles per day? It turns ...
Push Forward

JUST KEEP MOVING

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The Snap: According to a lot of fellow hikers I am fast. I cover a lot of miles every day. The thing is I don’t feel like I walk much faster than everyone else. So then how come I can cover more miles per day? It turns out that I don’t stop for breaks nearly [&hellip
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The Snap: One of the things you learn on the trail is that you have limited resources. There are obvious resource limitations. Like the amount of things you can carry. If the pack gets too heavy, then you will suffer, so ...
And hike your own hike

SPEND YOUR RESOURCES WISELY

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The Snap: One of the things you learn on the trail is that you have limited resources. There are obvious resource limitations. Like the amount of things you can carry. If the pack gets too heavy, then you will suffer, so everything is a trade off. If I carry this then I might not be [&hellip
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The Snap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) requires a lot of calories. Most estimates are that you will eat between 3000 and 5000 calories per day. Most people who do this will still lose weight. The Download: I ...
When Shitty Pizza Gets Rave Reviews

FOOD AS FUEL

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The Snap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) requires a lot of calories. Most estimates are that you will eat between 3000 and 5000 calories per day. Most people who do this will still lose weight. The Download: I have written about Americans’ relationship with food in the past. In general, it is not a healthy relationship. [&hellip
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The Snap: I headed back to the Appalachian Trail on May 12th. This involved a flight back to Asheville and a ride from my sister to Allen Gap on the 13th. My next big break away from the hike will be on June 6th. The ...
Why Am I Doing This, Exactly?

GETTING BACK ON TRAIL IS TOUGH

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The Snap: I headed back to the Appalachian Trail on May 12th. This involved a flight back to Asheville and a ride from my sister to Allen Gap on the 13th. My next big break away from the hike will be on June 6th. The Download: The hike has been a lot of fun and [&hellip
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The Snap: Most of my recent posts have been about the Appalachian Trail because I have been hiking and out of touch with news. The only real news that matters on the trail is the weather. But I have been off trail for ...
Enough To Make Pinocchio Blush

THE DEMISE OF TRUTH

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The Snap: Most of my recent posts have been about the Appalachian Trail because I have been hiking and out of touch with news. The only real news that matters on the trail is the weather. But I have been off trail for almost a week and thus exposed to more news. One of the [&hellip
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The Snap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a massive undertaking. There are physical challenges, mental challenges, and logistical challenges. In past posts I have focused on the physical and mental challenges. Today I ...
Both Are Important

PLANNING AND IMPROVISING ON THE TRAIL

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The Snap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a massive undertaking. There are physical challenges, mental challenges, and logistical challenges. In past posts I have focused on the physical and mental challenges. Today I want to focus on the logistics of the trail. The Download: There are two approaches to large logistical problems: planning
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The Snap: The Appalachian Trail is a quiet place. You are out in the woods, so there are little-to-no sources of noise. The loudest thing on the trail is usually a fast moving stream or river. After a month on trail you ...
You can't hear me anyway over all of your beeps and buzzes

NOISE

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The Snap: The Appalachian Trail is a quiet place. You are out in the woods, so there are little-to-no sources of noise. The loudest thing on the trail is usually a fast moving stream or river. After a month on trail you get used to the silence. The Download: When you come off trail for [&hellip
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The Snap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking. It is really hard. The physical challenges are significant. Hiking 15 miles every day is difficult. You burn 3,000 to 5,000 calories per day and still lose ...
You are a total moron

NO, YOUR 9 YEAR OLD COULD NOT COMPLETE THE AT

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The Snap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking. It is really hard. The physical challenges are significant. Hiking 15 miles every day is difficult. You burn 3,000 to 5,000 calories per day and still lose weight. The mental challenges are even more difficult. It is hard to wake up and know you are [&hellip
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