Top 5 Appalachian Trail training tips I wish I knew ~ Hiking Tips from the trail # 18

Well hello there ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to another tips from the trail! If you a thinking about a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail then this video is for you. Here are my top 5 training tips I wish I knew before I started my thru-hike.


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  1. Johnny on the Trail on March 15, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Great tips and a great idea on doing videos on AT training tips. awesome content! -johnny oh and ill look forward to your upcoming A100 challenge!

  2. argonsfolley on March 15, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    This is the best training tips video I’ve ever seen. AWESOME. If barefoot training is not your thing, you can accomplish a lot of the same good by a) switching to zero drop shoes (such as some Brooks, Hoka ONEONE, and Altra shoes), and adopt the principles of The Tao of Running which talks about how to avoid heel strike running (same benefits can be had in walking). Basically the straight legged landing is ALWAYS bad on every joint from your ankle to your hip. Avoid it as much as possible.

  3. StickManApple on March 15, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I can really second that elevation training. Not done the AT but other thru hikes. I could smash out the distances but the hills were killer.

  4. Erika O on March 15, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Awesome tips!

  5. Paul Rowlston on March 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Hey there! Great Channel you have. I’m currently just walking across the whole of Spain for charity aand would appreciate you to have a look at my clips and subscribe. I dropped you a like on this video too 😛

  6. Dan Kett on March 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Great tips, thanks! I’ve found that P90x plyometrics is also great for strengthening legs/knees/ankles. No equipment needed and can be done inside. Kick your butt kinda workout but worth it.

  7. kookiemoose on March 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Good Lord what a Dbag. I got your 50 hours hanging. Dangling dinner fuck stick

  8. Jean Ward on March 15, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic video! I’m making these training changes today. Thank you!

  9. brett hikez on March 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Everyone always says the NCT is o looks pretty cool to me..great video nater potatoer

  10. Kevin Curtright on March 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks, this is the best advice I’ve seen on YouTube. Now I need to find a stretching routine vlog !

  11. Heather Anon on March 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Walking on the balls of your feet is a great calf workout.

  12. iam_ whittle on March 16, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Been diggn y’alls channel for a min. Your hiking tips are dead on. Keep it up 🤘hike on

  13. Andrew Wisler on March 16, 2021 at 12:01 am

    The A100 challenge looks awesome — we hike a section of the NCT in the Allegheny Forest every year with a boy’s group my son is in. Last year we did 67 miles from Red Bridge to Amsler Springs. For some of the boys it was their first backpacking trip, and they did awesome. Hope you and Bigfoot kill it!

  14. Sonjia on March 16, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Great tips! Your backyard is amazing.
    Hike on,
    Off Duty and Danny Long Stockings

  15. Daniel Allmon on March 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Curious to hear how your A100 experience was. I’ve tried it twice, never finished. it’s a LOT of mileage. If it were another 12-15 hours, maybe. MAYBE!

  16. elmendigoazul on March 16, 2021 at 12:11 am

    That was super helpful! Thanks!

  17. Mister jones on March 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

    People that work outside are probably better off, especially construction type jobs. I feel like most of the thru hikers are office space people that get sick of the unsatisfactory rat race.

  18. Actarus on March 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Good tips

  19. Evan's Backpacking Videos on March 16, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the great tips! Helpful video. More people should try out barefoot training and minimalist footwear. On the trail, though, it’s hard to have a forefoot strike with traditional footwear. I backpack in Luna sandals for that reason and for the reasons you mention.

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  21. argonsfolley on March 16, 2021 at 12:18 am

    "hour on a stair stepper". totally! I have been known to load my pack up to about the 30lb mark and go up and down staircases if I know I’m going to be doing something with a lot of elevation change. If your local high school allows you to run on the track after hours, you can try the stadium seating stairs. That’s usually several flights worth without interruption.

  22. The Hiking Bear on March 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

    All your tips help me man keep rocking

  23. ibis navarro on March 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

    1. use an Stair master
    2. Spend time barefoot
    3. use your pack everyday
    4. Design a stretching routine
    5. slowly add Barefoot training

  24. Adam Shirley on March 16, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Zero Drop shoes like Altras help alot with the soft landing and landing on the balls of your feet also.

  25. BadCrispy on March 16, 2021 at 12:24 am

    NCT shout out! Hell yeah buddy. Love the NCT especially the “proposed” Boarder Route section.

  26. Norma Rinker on March 16, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Great video, thanks so much. I’m training for a fip flop in 2020. Just subscribed! I’ll be checking out more of these ✌

  27. Dragon Roams on March 16, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Great tips. Now I need to go back to the start of this series. Just subbed I’m prepping for a 2020 attempt.

  28. argonsfolley on March 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Looks like a ULA pack. I lovelovelove my Catalyst.

  29. JoeDoe_ Outdoors on March 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Hei I really enjoy your channel ☺ Keep it up!

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