People have asked how I’m training for my thru-hike, so here you go, beans! According to the experts there really is no “training” for the AT, it’s unique and most people will just gain their trail legs the first couple weeks. So, besides an endless amount of stairstepper and inclined walking on the treadmill, the best thing to do is to prep my back and shoulders for carrying my home! I’ve started to carry bags of beans, in 5 lbs increments in my pack. I’ll gradually work my way up to my pack weight of 25lbs. That will become my new normal. I really thought the “pack workout” would be more accepted here in Colorado (more than MI anyway) but man, oh man, did I get some stares at the gym today!