Smokebeard

Ed has hiked the the 2652+ mile Pacific Crest Trail, 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 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. His latest journey was a thruhike of the 3 week thruhike of Vermont's Long Traill. Reports on his other travels, mostly in New England, are at http://edthesmokebeard.com

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Top Ten Signs You Might be in Washington

Top Ten Signs You Might be in Washington

If, one morning you're hiking in the cold fog along a ridgeline with no view, and/or it's September, you just might be in Washington. Consult this

Sep 2, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter Two: The Shortest Distance Can’t be a Straight Line

Book Six, Chapter Two: The Shortest Distance Can’t be a Straight Line

It was a very hard to leave Trout Lake today. The sun was shining, there was a breeze, the weather was nice, and there was plenty of good food and

Aug 28, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter One – Fire on the Mountain

Book Six, Chapter One – Fire on the Mountain

Leaving Cascade Locks. Another Ent. "Ah, young Master Smokebeard. I'm glad you've come. Hooom." I spent $350 on food and postage for all of

Aug 24, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Five, Chapter Three – Up to the Timberline

Book Five, Chapter Three – Up to the Timberline

Aug. 12: Seven Miles Left Sisters at 4:30 and was hiking by 5. I accidentally packed out a roll of packing tape, which I discovered when I got to

Aug 19, 2018 : Smokebeard
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 (@edthesmokebeard) know, I am convinced that the 3000 ft, 8

Jul 3, 2018 : Smokebeard