Linda Vance

Hey everyone! I'm Linda, a 65-year old research ecologist who had a plan to retire and trade field work for hiking. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans.... So instead, I'll be starting a flip flop the first week in April, and then will take a little time off after Maine to collect baseline data on fire-affected wetlands in Montana. I know, it's a tough life. I'm looking forward to the Trail, but sometimes I wonder exactly why I need to spend so much of my life sleeping on the ground.

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Momma told me there’d be days like this: Week 3 in Pennsylvania

Momma told me there’d be days like this: Week 3 in Pennsylvania

Let's just lay it out right up front. Everything you ever heard about the AT in Pennsylvania is true: 1) The rocks are ankle-twisting,

Apr 20, 2017 : Linda Vance
Overtaken by the Spring: Week 2 in Pennsylvania

Overtaken by the Spring: Week 2 in Pennsylvania

Day One: Earth, Wind, and No Fires We took an easy day out of our first town stop in Boiling springs, 6 miles to the Darlington Shelter,

Apr 12, 2017 : Linda Vance
Gimme Shelter: Week One in Pennsylvania

Gimme Shelter: Week One in Pennsylvania

The April Fools (me, Gail Barrett and John Barrett) set out from the Maryland Pennsylvania line early the morning of April 1, finally done with all

Apr 6, 2017 : Linda Vance
Trail Food Hacks, Part 2:  More work, more taste

Trail Food Hacks, Part 2: More work, more taste

/a> . Vegetarian options Most of my meals include meat, but almost all can be adapted for a vegetarian diet. In that case I would probably buy

Dec 20, 2016 : Linda Vance
Trail Food Hacks Part 1:  Easy Recipes for Frugal Hikers

Trail Food Hacks Part 1: Easy Recipes for Frugal Hikers

  If you’ve already decided to go stoveless, or if you’ve taken out a loan to buy six months’ worth of Mountain House, this blog isn’t

Dec 20, 2016 : Linda Vance
Tips for keeping your shelter going as long as you do

Tips for keeping your shelter going as long as you do

It’s true. I have a work tent. In fact, I have several, but this Sierra Designs Omega CD has been the star of my tent show for the past thirteen

Sep 1, 2016 : Linda Vance
Shackleton on Annapurna…

Shackleton on Annapurna…

It’s a stinking hot late summer day and I’m thrashing uphill through chin-high vegetation in a steep and seemingly endless avalanche chute on the

Aug 25, 2016 : Linda Vance
My Gear Lust. I mean, List.

My Gear Lust. I mean, List.

ADVICE FROM A GEAR JUNKIE There was a period in my late teens, when I was oh so very cool, that I hung with my friends in the sidewalk cafes on

Aug 16, 2016 : Linda Vance
Unfinished business

Unfinished business

I started on the AT the spring after I finished college, mostly because I had no idea what else to do.  Maybe go to law school. Maybe grad school in

Aug 15, 2016 : Linda Vance