Sly the Navigator

After 25 years in the Canadian Airforce, I have been struggling with major chronic pain for the last 10 years which at one point confined me to a couch 20 hours a day unable to do anything nor sleep. Refusing to accept the fact that i could not hike anymore i embarked on a very long and difficult journey to fight against pain while also trying to live with it. Major changes in treatment and pure stubbornness enabled me to start walking from a few hundred yards a day to miles in a matter of years. I now can combine my amateur radio hobby with hiking for a sideline activity called “Summits on the air”, where i bring a portable radio set on a summit and contact “chasers” for points.I will attempt thru hiking the Long Trail and document my hike, trying to hack a way trough the daily pains which are still very much present.

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Last trail training before Long Trail

Last trail training before Long Trail

This morning i was able to complete a 8km hike on Mt Chagnon, QC. (about 25 km north of the Vermont border) The hike is considered moderate. The

May 9, 2024 : Sly the Navigator
Train as You Hike, Hike as You Trained

Train as You Hike, Hike as You Trained

About six weeks to go and the training goes very well.Now for most people, one could just show up on the trail some morning with a backpack and

Apr 11, 2024 : Sly the Navigator
Starting Soon!!!

Starting Soon!!!

I have a start day, I have a shuttle booked, I am training with 80% of my pack weight.I will be posting again when on the trail, heading SOBO the

Apr 9, 2024 : Sly the Navigator
Hiking Strategies with Chronic Pain

Hiking Strategies with Chronic Pain

During the last couple of years, I developed a few strategies that help me when I hike, and for life in general:- If you have to stop all the

Apr 9, 2024 : Sly the Navigator
Gear

Gear

When I was hiking 12 years ago, my empty backpack alone was about four pounds. When full, I could count on carrying about 50 pounds when hiking for a

Apr 9, 2024 : Sly the Navigator
Summits on the air

Summits on the air

I am a licensed amateur radio, and i participate in an activity called Summits on the air (SOTA). That activity consists of accessing a summit and

Apr 8, 2024 : Sly the Navigator
Prologue

Prologue

The beginningAbout 10 years ago, i was diagnosed with spine cervical arthrosis, following a 25 year stint in the Canadian Airforce. That

Apr 8, 2024 : Sly the Navigator