Long distance hiking

Hiking Amnesia: Impressions from a Mid-Trek Break

Hiking Amnesia: Impressions from a Mid-Trek Break

Thru-hiking is a lot like childbirth.  The minute it’s over you forget the pain, you forget the misery of scaling mountains with a heavy pack strapped to your back.  You...

May 17, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

I mentioned in my last post that on the  Appalachian Trail nothing seems to go as planned. Every week is full of surprises -- some funny, some wonderful, and some...

May 15, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

This post could be about the Dragon's Tooth, a great stone monolith that spirals up into the sky and from which there are said to be magnificent views. We climbed it...

May 14, 2017 : Deane Giordano
3 Topics Every Thru Hiker Can’t Stop Talking About

3 Topics Every Thru Hiker Can’t Stop Talking About

When you remove yourself from society and throw yourself in the wilderness for 6 months or so to attempt a thru hike, a lot goes out the window. This includes:...

May 10, 2017 : Stubbs
Major Tom to Ground Control…

Major Tom to Ground Control…

If there's one thing I've learned from this hike so far, it's that I am not in control. I can't stop people from getting injured. I can't change the rugged...

May 9, 2017 : Gail Barrett
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 4

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 4

Zero Daze We got up for the $5 pancake breakfast next door, then returned to our room to flop around until check out. We got a surprise visit from Strider,...

May 1, 2017 : Stubbs
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 3

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 3

Wrapping up the Smoky's After Frisbee's birthday shenanigans, we had to say goodbye to Peanut, followed by Pharmacist and Ears (who wanted to explore the US some more before her...

Apr 29, 2017 : Stubbs
I’m Home Free, Not Homeless

I’m Home Free, Not Homeless

~The Final Countdown~ Now for the Surprise I've been waiting to tell! This year I will be hiking the PCT, not only that but if i finish in a reasonable...

Apr 29, 2017 : Erick Gaudreau
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

Leaving Franklin We got one last round of pancakes and bacon before checking out and heading to Haven's Budget Inn to get a shuttle back to the trail. Mr. Ron...

Apr 16, 2017 : Stubbs
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 1

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 1

The Approach Trail to Stover Creek After a foggy hike to Springer along the Approach Trail with my husband, Frisbee, and our friend, currently known as Panda who is joining...

Apr 7, 2017 : Stubbs