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,…

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…

Call me Smokebeard

(with apologies to Melville) I recently picked up Moby Dick again and was immediately struck by the opening lines. With some modifications, here they are: Call me Smokebeard. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me in town, I thought I would hike about…

LT21 – Journey’s End – 273

If you want to skip to the end, I did hike the whole Long Trail. Day 18 – Corliss Camp – 233 Rain started 5 min after I left the trailhead and even said out loud, in spite of the grim and lowering clouds, “I’ve got a good feeling about today.” (Squint and you can…