Hey y’all, I ditched rent December '18 and now I hike full time (except for some seasonal festival work as a busker) Any other wild rovers here?
I started off on the Florida Trail in January and hiked other USA temperate regions til it warmed up, but this year I’ll be hitting some cold, wet mountain terrain in the Ozarks, then on the Appalachian Trail come February (I still take buses). My trouble is finding sturdy winter wear that isn’t plastic.
Someday I’d love to have stone age gear, but for now I settle for anything made of natural fiber. When I’m on the move I run fire-hot, but I still need something to block freezing winds and keep me warm in rain, and I need it to be lightweight and fast-drying or I could die, so skins are out, but animal fiber would do me. But where? Which kind? From who? Been looking at mountain man-ish options, but I’d rather give money to some nice grandma even if it’s pricier.
For shoes, I hike barefoot or wear canvas barefoot boots year-round (with good wool socks), was thinking of trying to waterproof em with beeswax, ever tried it? Also, snowshoes, idk if I’ll need em more than a couple times so I’m thinking I’ll skip em.