Excellent points, from Jennifer Pfarr Davis ( “Odessa”) , who was awarded Outside Magazine’s Adventurer of the year Award in 2012 for her record breaking hike of the Appalachian Trail. Her 47 mile a day pace suggests that one might pay attention to her recommendations. I’ve not seen tip #6 elsewhere on these types of lists — to personalize your hike, by incorporating your off-trail interests into your hiking adventure. For example, if you like to read, bring a book.
For those of us who use electronics like a smartphones or a Steripen , I agree on the use of small battery pack rather than the often frustrating solar charger. I love my 4 oz. Anker 5600 mAh external battery.
In a related story, the self-supported record for the Pacific Crest Trail was just broken in 2013 ( 60 days, 17 hours) by another woman -Heather Anderson ( “Anish”) . The August 2014 Backpacker magazine has an excellent article about her and her hike, entitled A Ghost Among Us.