Less is Best When Hiking the AT

Terry Tomalin quit his job as a reporter in 1988 and headed to New Zealand and Australia for a bit of a hike.

Terry's backpack weighed 50 pounds at first. A week later, he jettisoned some of what he once felt was indispensable.

After a couple of grueling weeks, his pack was a svelte 34 pounds and Terry's back was improving.

As in all of life, a balance must be struck between what we want and what we need. Especially when you're carrying everything you own -- temporarily -- for a 2,100 mile stroll in the mountains ... through 14 states.

About half of the 2,500 hikers who hit the AT arrive at Maine's Mount Katahdin and earn the appellation "thru hikers." If you follow Terry's advice, you'll have better than a 50-50 chance of reaching the goal of a lifetime.

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.