Brian Doble of Lisbon, Maine recently completed a “yo-yo” hike of the Appalachian Trail. No, that doesn’t refer to a nightly demonstration of his entertainment talents at shelters. A “yo-yo” is a thru-hiker who travels the 2,174 miles north from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME and then turns around and goes back south to Springer Mountain in the same season. That’s over 4,348 hiking miles in a calendar year!
Brian’s also an ‘ultralighter’, which is a technique of hiking with an absolutely bare minimum of gear. His base pack weight on this trip was only 4 pounds, with an additional 4 to 10 pounds for food and water.
Brian’s hiking experiences were recently featured on Bill Green’s Maine; please click here for an article and video.