Andrew Skurka's guy line tensioning system. I always used a quick-release hitch instead of a bowline and a taut line hitch instead of a trucker's hitch -- but the trucker's hitch looks like it would get and keep everything more taut.
"There’s a great deal of privilege that goes into thru-hiking. The idea of broke hikers in the wild, where you don’t have to pay for a place to live and your only expense is food—that’s bullshit. You have to buy your gear. You have to travel. You have to take six months out of your life. You have to find a way to feel safe. That’s one of the reasons the trail look likes it does."
I spent three months hiking the northern half of the Appalachian Trail in 2011, covering 1,200 miles from Harper’s Ferry, WV, to the end of the trail on Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I returned in 2012 to hike the southern half (~1,000 miles). I hiked the entire distance in two pairs of Crocs-brand shoes. This page includes the trail reports I periodically made via email, an annotated interactive map, and other info.
“More than a decade ago, Daniel Suelo closed his bank account and moved into a desert cave. Here’s how he eats, sleeps, and evades the law.” Some day I will buy an acre of desert and live kind of like this guy — only with more computers.