Tim Bennett

Sometimes shit happens. I retired in 2022 and was well on my way to completing the number one item on my bucket list: an end-to-end hike of the Long Trail in Vermont. I was more than 100 miles in, kicking ass, and blogging about it here on the Trek when that goal was cut short. I was struck by a car at a trail crossing. After a long recovery, I’m determined to complete my journey. The next steps I take on the LT will be following in my father's footsteps. He backpacked a long section of the LT in 1937 after graduating from high school in Barre, VT. I heard his stories while growing up, and recently stumbled on his 1937 guidebook and journal from that trip. Ironically, his starting point was right where my accident occurred. I had hoped to honor his legacy by hiking the entire LT. Completing this journey now, carries even more meaning for me.

Posts

Out of the Woods and Into the Forest

Out of the Woods and Into the Forest

An Unexpected SetbackThe expression out of the woods is often used to describe a person’s improving condition after experiencing a health crisis.

May 29, 2023 : Tim Bennett
Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Off the TrailIt’s been over a month since I’ve written a blog post updating my Long Trail hike and several people have contacted me asking for an

Aug 18, 2022 : Tim Bennett
Next Stop Sherburne Pass – Where it All Began

Next Stop Sherburne Pass – Where it All Began

Incredible Scenery The second 50 miles of this trip provided some amazing scenery: Bromley, Big Branch, Little Rock Pond, the Cascades, the Rock

Jul 19, 2022 : Tim Bennett
Rhythm of the Trail

Rhythm of the Trail

Trail Legs! After miles of walking through the “green tunnel” over the course of a couple of days, I'm starting to get my trail legs back. Southern

Jul 13, 2022 : Tim Bennett
Putting Boots on a New Section of Trail

Putting Boots on a New Section of Trail

Off I Go! “Putting boots on a new section of trail.” I like that expression. But I have to admit that I borrowed it from my hiking friend Vicki. At

Jul 9, 2022 : Tim Bennett
“I Challenge You To Not Take Any Photos”

“I Challenge You To Not Take Any Photos”

A Visual Storyteller My background is in photography, and I’d like to think of myself as a visual storyteller. I’m constantly taking photos of my

Jul 2, 2022 : Tim Bennett
The Infamous Toe Sock Incident

The Infamous Toe Sock Incident

This is a True Story This is a slightly edited and expanded version of an impromptu story I wrote in response to this prompt on the application to

Jun 22, 2022 : Tim Bennett
The Cult of Gear

The Cult of Gear

I’m Really Not a Gear Geek I’m really excited about my upcoming hike of the Long Trail and blogging about it here on The Trek. Although I’ve done a

Jun 14, 2022 : Tim Bennett
Long Trail Legacy – Following in My Father’s Footsteps

Long Trail Legacy – Following in My Father’s Footsteps

An Epiphany on Mt. Mansfield It was June 2018, and I was sitting on the summit of Mt. Mansfield having lunch with my daughter Emily and her fiancé

May 31, 2022 : Tim Bennett