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Equipment List for 23,000 km along Canada’s Great Trail

Equipment List for 23,000 km along Canada’s Great Trail

We are a couple days away from striking out onto the world's longest recreation pathway - The Great Trail.  The key to the success of our hike, and the part...

May 29, 2019 : Sonya
The Moon, or Why We Need More Hikers, Roamers, and Explorers!

The Moon, or Why We Need More Hikers, Roamers, and Explorers!

These days I am constantly asked - Why? Why give up your career?  Why sell your house to fund a trip talking about birds?  Why donate most of your possessions...

May 24, 2019 : Sonya
It Was the Name That Got Me…

It Was the Name That Got Me…

As we near the departure date (less than two months now!), working with great collaborators like Bird Studies Canada and Nature New Brunswick and gaining great support from Clif Bar...

Apr 6, 2019 : Sonya
How Going Ultralight Turned Me Into a Minimalist

How Going Ultralight Turned Me Into a Minimalist

As a long-distance hiker everything eventually comes down to the weight of your pack. What are you carrying? Is it a necessity? Does it have more than one purpose? Is...

Mar 21, 2019 : Sonya
Unexpected Responses: How Can Anyone Hate This?

Unexpected Responses: How Can Anyone Hate This?

There you are---you have just summited Mount Katahdin, finishing your AT trek, or you have concluded your PCT on the Canadian border, or reached the Cathedral in Santiago---and you Instagram...

Mar 11, 2019 : Sonya
So, Are You a Real Hiker?  Are You an Authentic Pilgrim?

So, Are You a Real Hiker? Are You an Authentic Pilgrim?

Are you a Real Hiker?  Some version of these questions has been raised before, during, or after every longer hike we've done.   Sometimes it takes the form of jokes told...

Feb 26, 2019 : Sonya
Hiking for a Cause, and What That Means

Hiking for a Cause, and What That Means

We plan to spend the next three years hiking across Canada on the world's longest trail, The Great Trail.  We're doing it to promote bird conservation. Yes, we're hiking for...

Feb 12, 2019 : Sonya
The Great Trail … Something a Little Different

The Great Trail … Something a Little Different

Like many in the backpacking community, I am looking forward with anticipation, impatience, and at times a bit of secret apprehension to the start of a big hike this spring....

Jan 30, 2019 : Sonya