Smokebeard

Ed has hiked the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, across Scotland on the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and most recently, the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. Knocked off the PCT by a broken foot last year at mile 369, he's back for a 2nd round. When he's not writing about his PCT travels, he's writing about his other travels at https://smokebeard.wordpress.com

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Fearmongering the Sierra

Fearmongering the Sierra

It can happen on any part of the PCT, about any part, really. Every year partway through the desert the discussion and dilemma begins. Will the

Jun 16, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter Two – Mammoth Mountains and then Mammoth Lake

Book Three, Chapter Two – Mammoth Mountains and then Mammoth Lake

The Bishop to Mammoth Lakes stretch is challenging for a whole host of reasons. Firstly it's long, about a hundred sixteen miles. Secondly, you go

Jun 15, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter One – The High Road to Bishop

Book Three, Chapter One – The High Road to Bishop

After leaving Kennedy Meadows, despite some pretty crazy elevation, we still made good time except for logistical problems. Cow Creek Following the

Jun 5, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Two, Chapter Four: Leaving the Desert Behind

Book Two, Chapter Four: Leaving the Desert Behind

Everyone gets a well-earned round of applause from the hiker trash inhabiting the deck of the general store. Even at 9 a.m. After all, it's been 702

May 27, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Two, Chapter Three – Forty Days to Walker Pass

Book Two, Chapter Three – Forty Days to Walker Pass

The days are starting to blur a little. Its getting harder and harder to do these summaries without going back to my notes. Not sure if that's a good

May 24, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Two, Chapter Two – Welcome to the Mojave

Book Two, Chapter Two – Welcome to the Mojave

After forcing ourselves to take a full 24-hour break at Hiker Heaven, we reluctantly trudged out and headed north. Since we left at lunchtime, we

May 18, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Two, Chapter One – A Sweet Walk to Agua Dulce

Book Two, Chapter One – A Sweet Walk to Agua Dulce

(Warning, picture-heavy post.) "I have no memory of this place," said the Smokebeard.  No longer the Greybeard leading the Fellowship, I'm now

May 13, 2018 : Smokebeard
Think You’re Hiker Trash? Take This Quiz and Find Out

Think You’re Hiker Trash? Take This Quiz and Find Out

Like a knighthood, or the papacy, the title of hiker trash cannot be taken, it can only be given. After a while there is a tendency to assume that

May 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book One, Chapter Four – everything is all right in Wrightwood

Book One, Chapter Four – everything is all right in Wrightwood

No snow, please We woke up early but there were two inches of snow on the ground, so we all rolled over and went back to sleep. Once we got up,

May 11, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book One, Chapter Three: Shelter From the Storm in Big Bear

Book One, Chapter Three: Shelter From the Storm in Big Bear

So Long Idy, Hello Big Bear Getting back on the trail from Idyllwild is always a bit of a challenge. There are at least three ways out of town that

May 1, 2018 : Smokebeard