AT 2023

Week 13: (June 24 – June 30) Searching for Hallelujah While Slip Sliding Away

Week 13: (June 24 – June 30) Searching for Hallelujah While Slip Sliding Away

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it's having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it's our...

Feb 12, 2024 : Beth Malchus Stafa
Week 10 (June 4 to June 9) Learning to See with Heart

Week 10 (June 4 to June 9) Learning to See with Heart

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  Antoine...

Jan 15, 2024 : Beth Malchus Stafa
Post Hike #2: How I Became The Incident

Post Hike #2: How I Became The Incident

After more than 3,000 miles of backpacking on two continents, something trail-name-worthy finally happened to me, and I became “The Incident.”

Nov 6, 2023 : Jon
Day 163: Summit Day

Day 163: Summit Day

We got our best view of Katahdin from the Abol Bridge. The peak wore a lenticular cloud like a jaunty French beret, white but pulled down low over one side...

Oct 18, 2023 : Jon
Day 160: Another Day in Paradise

Day 160: Another Day in Paradise

Instead, the trail led me beside still waters, winding along lakeshores rimmed with orange, yellow, red, and green trees, blanketed by slowly drifting mists, and beneath blue skies. The placid...

Oct 13, 2023 : Jon
Day 159: Nearo in the Wilderness

Day 159: Nearo in the Wilderness

Everyone is thinking about what comes next. Almost everyone is done with hiking and can’t wait to sleep in a real bed, eat better food, not have to walk everywhere,...

Oct 11, 2023 : Jon
Day 157: The Last Mileage Milestone

Day 157: The Last Mileage Milestone

I still can’t believe I’ve made it this far. Whatever else happens in the next 98.4 miles, I’m a 2,000 Miler, which is what the ATC traditionally called hikers who...

Oct 9, 2023 : Jon
Day 156: Into the Wild

Day 156: Into the Wild

A few steps from the trailhead, a sign warned us that we were entering the 100 Mile Wilderness and that we should carry a minimum of 10 days supplies. I...

Oct 8, 2023 : Jon
Day 155: Monson and The Duke of Hurl

Day 155: Monson and The Duke of Hurl

We’d been debating how to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness for weeks.

Oct 7, 2023 : Jon
Day 154: The Glade

Day 154: The Glade

I’ll remember this peaceful glade forever, just like my lunchtime view from the glacially sculpted bald overlooking pristine forests and lakes. I’ll forget the pain, the heat and cold, being...

Oct 6, 2023 : Jon