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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Book Five, Chapter Two: Land of Lakes, Lakes of Lava

Book Five, Chapter Two: Land of Lakes, Lakes of Lava

Last night I left Shelter Cove Resort after finally getting my UPS package. I made a pretty good pace uphill to the lake, despite having seven days

Aug 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Five, Chapter One: Out of Ashland, into Ash Land

Book Five, Chapter One: Out of Ashland, into Ash Land

Taking 48 hours off in Ashland was a great idea. However, my feet already hurt again despite the rest and new shoes, but the half day today to a

Aug 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
Top Ten Signs You Might be in Oregon

Top Ten Signs You Might be in Oregon

One day you realize that not only is it August, but that you're actually in Oregon. If, like me, you stop and look up from watching your feet and

Aug 11, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Four, Chapter Five – Oregon or Bust

Book Four, Chapter Five – Oregon or Bust

Yes, I fixed my phone. It turns out that Android keeps a sort of index of all your pictures, separate from the pictures themselves. And this index

Jul 29, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Four, Chapter Three – the halfway mark, geysers, and Hat Creek Rim

Book Four, Chapter Three – the halfway mark, geysers, and Hat Creek Rim

This will be another weird and slightly disjointed post. While the hotel I'm at has Wi-Fi, of course it sucks and so uploading pictures is a pain. 

Jul 11, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Four, Chapter Two – Just a short walk to Belden Town

Book Four, Chapter Two – Just a short walk to Belden Town

Frying on the way out of Sierra City As those of you who follow my Instagram account Running the (poison oak) gauntlet I ran into a Forest

Jul 3, 2018 : Smokebeard
Top 10 signs you’re in NorCal

Top 10 signs you’re in NorCal

One day, July somehow happened. The fourth calendar month I've been out here. I looked around and realized this was new trail. If, like me, you feel

Jul 3, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Four, Chapter One – to Sierra City

Book Four, Chapter One – to Sierra City

Just a twelve mile stroll How does that old song go? What a difference a day makes? I woke up at the hostel, gorged myself at the Driftwood Cafe,

Jun 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter Four – South Lake Tahoe and Beyond

Book Three, Chapter Four – South Lake Tahoe and Beyond

This final chapter of Book Three will be pretty short. From Kennedy Meadows North to South Lake Tahoe is only 78 miles. How am I doing? I have been

Jun 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter Three – The End of Yosemite

Book Three, Chapter Three – The End of Yosemite

I am trying something new: a little bit of blog every night before bed. I feel like it works better, but might simply be more wordy. Comments

Jun 24, 2018 : Smokebeard