Pachaug and Tippecansett

Both Pachaug and Tippecansett are real words.   In southeastern New England, there’s a lot of words like this.  It reminds me of a time in Providence when some obvious tourists asked me the names of the rivers.  “The Mohassuck and the Woonasquatucket”, I said, to which they replied, “Oh, come on!”. This was one of…

Long Trail Gear List and Resources

Enough people have asked me about my Long Trail gear list so I thought I would post it.   It’s similar, almost identical, to my PCT Gear List, with my Borah Gear tarp replacing my trusty Big Agness FlyCreek.   I hiked in September, so I had to be prepared for chilly weather, which was in abundance,…

Off-season chores: refurbishing trekking poles

Refurb Since these days it’s alternately snow, mud, or COVID19 season, I’m using the downtime to clean and sort gear, make a note of what needs replacing, and doing some refurbishing and maintence.  I have a great pair of trekking poles, their one downside is the cheap steel in the tips wears out after several…

Crowds, companions, and solitude

To me, long distance hiking is a solo endeavor, a chance to get in touch with myself, and enjoy the solitude and wonder of nature as an active spectator. There are many who enjoy travelling in a Trail Family; some hikers hike all day with others, while others (like me) tend to congregate around the…