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 One, Chapter One: The Same, Yet Totally Different

Book One, Chapter One: The Same, Yet Totally Different

Despite it being the same trail in 2018 as 2017, the first 110 miles ended up being totally different. Part of that was by design because I

Apr 20, 2018 : Smokebeard
Comfort Items – Take an Ounce, Leave an Ounce

Comfort Items – Take an Ounce, Leave an Ounce

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;

Apr 10, 2018 : Smokebeard
PCT Minus Ten – Last-Minute Planning

PCT Minus Ten – Last-Minute Planning

I'm counting down to the day before the day before I leave; it's the last day that I can actually  do  anything.  After months of hurry-up-and-wait,

Apr 3, 2018 : Smokebeard
LNT Principle Three: Dispose of Waste Properly

LNT Principle Three: Dispose of Waste Properly

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

Mar 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
13 Pounds Between Me and the Elements – A PCT Thru-Hike Gear List

13 Pounds Between Me and the Elements – A PCT Thru-Hike Gear List

I have a few purchases left to make, but right now my gear list is pretty solid. Pack weight is at 13 pounds, and that includes a one-pound fudge

Feb 28, 2018 : Smokebeard
When Going Ultralight, Be Ultrawise With Your Choices

When Going Ultralight, Be Ultrawise With Your Choices

If you're a hiker, and you ever use the internet, you know there's a lot of discussion about reducing pack weight.  One phrase I hear a lot is "how

Feb 20, 2018 : Smokebeard
Gear Review: ENGO blister prevention patch

Gear Review: ENGO blister prevention patch

After I wrote  I get blisters in 2 places - between my toes and the balls of my feet, and along the outside of my heels.   The heel problem I

Feb 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
Old Guy Music: Hiking Tunes from my PCT Jukebox

Old Guy Music: Hiking Tunes from my PCT Jukebox

I don't listen to music while I hike, for a few practical reasons.  I don't want to use the battery on my phone, I don't want to deal with sweaty

Feb 10, 2018 : Smokebeard
Foot Care on the Trail: One Man’s Battle with His Feet

Foot Care on the Trail: One Man’s Battle with His Feet

Warning: there are some potentially scary and gross pictures of my previous foot injuries in this article. Other warning: I am not a

Jan 30, 2018 : Smokebeard
Rhode Island North South Trail: 78 Miles From the Atlantic Ocean to Massachusetts

Rhode Island North South Trail: 78 Miles From the Atlantic Ocean to Massachusetts

Basic Info Length: 78+ miles Location: Rhode Island, USA Trail Type: End-to-end Time to thru-hike: Allow about five days Scenery: The trail runs

Jan 23, 2018 : Smokebeard