How to Prepare for the Appalachian Trail: Building a Tent [Video]

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For those who may be new to the Good Badger, I am a guy who is attempting to give new meaning to the term walking distance (i.e. hiking the Appalachian Trail).

Today’s post, on how to build your own tent, is the second edition of the “how to prepare for hiking the Appalachian Trail” video instructional series.  You can watch the first video on physical endurance training here.

Although I am very attached to the tent constructed in the video below, I would be open to considering taking donations from a quality camping gear company.  I demand that it be bear proof.  Or at least water proof.  Or at least have a zipper.

  • Mountain Lions, bears and books, Oh My!

  • Michele

    Go get a degree from M.I.T.before you hike the trail. Just one person’s opinion.

  • Jas

    I was cracking up as soon as you said, “… would occur naturally in wilderness…”

  • Jeff Zimmer

    You need a job!

  • Once again hilarious! “A Ford… something. In case Ford wants to pay me” Loves it!

  • LouCFeranoci

    If I can’t find a ski can I use say an Irishman since there both ethnic?

  • You are crazy. And now my stomach hurts from laughing.

  • Thanks Kat 🙂 I consider a complete disregard for my well-being to be an acceptable core workout for others.

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  • Winewillfixit

    “If animals can see you, they’re much more likely to rip your face off.”

    Truer words have never been spoken.

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    Though they may not rip your face off a feral hog WILL root right under your tent with you sound asleep inside if he smells your left-over Oreo’s from after dinner you were too damn lazy to return to the lockable food box causing near instantaneous levitation by the rootee (me). 

    Adding more flavor and pizazz to the whole affair is the rootee’s unleashing of his vocal cords. And if you thought that wasn’t enough there is always the fight or flight reflex which in this case the rootee took full advantage of  the flight option. 

    Unfortunately the rootee neglected to eject himself from his tent prior to launch thereby creating widespread panic throughout the campsite where other attendees (young Cub Scouts) startled by the specter of wholeheartedly joined in the merriment and spirit of things by joining the rootee in his pellmell jaunt through the woods or at least until the oak tree brought the rootee’s linear panic to a screeching (meaning he was still vocalizing the whole time) halt.

    Normally the ever stalwart rootee would have been little affected by any feral hog as they are common and not known to attack humans under most situations. However in this case the rootee had spent the previous evening recalling Skunk Ape stories for the entertainment of the Cubbies. 

    What would your reaction be if rousted from a sound sleep by something rooting around your ass which then emitted a loud snort followed by what sounded like teeth gnashing together?

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