Comfort items – take an ounce, leave an ounce

(Originally posted on The Trek) As I mentioned before, I'm at the final kitchen-sink phase of packing for the hike.   The last few bits and extra things that might come in handy; spare hair elastics, for instance, or a silnylon pouch to help organize all my foot-care stuff.   I've made some changes to the overall … Continue reading Comfort items – take an ounce, leave an ounce

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LNT Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly

(First posted at The Trek) Pack It in, Pack It Out All of the Leave No Trace principles are geared around a common theme, preserving the wildness of the outdoors.   Depending on your world view, there's a number of good reasons for this.  Mine are primarily selfish - I want things to stay nice so … Continue reading LNT Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly

PCT2018 Gear List

(Originally published at The Trek) I have a few purchases left to make, but right now my gear list is pretty solid. Pack weight is just at 13 lbs, and that includes a 1 lb fudge-factor for things like chapstick, extra clothes added at the last minute, the weight of my pen, money, and other … Continue reading PCT2018 Gear List

New Year, New Plan, New Blog

I've been invited to write for The Trek, a thruhiking blog site!    This new site is going to be the primary source for my PCT musings, but don't worry, this site will remain, to chronicle my other hiking adventures.   I'll also be cross-publishing my Trek blogs here, so if you want to, stay tuned.  … Continue reading New Year, New Plan, New Blog

Rewind: Pemigewasset Memorial Day 2013

Gather round boys and girls, and hear the tale of my trip through the Pemigewasset Wilderness back in '13. I wanted to try and get a hike in the Whites before the mobs came, so I drove up early the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend.   By the time I got to the parking … Continue reading Rewind: Pemigewasset Memorial Day 2013

Moonlight Hike at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Had a great time snowshoeing down old farm roads in the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter, RI.    Along with 14 other ramblers and our guide, Laura, did a no-flashlights walk through old farm lands, now reforested, to a large open field.   There we were serenaded by two coyote packs (and one far … Continue reading Moonlight Hike at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge