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…

Unofficial archive of Halfmile PCT maps

Halfmile used to maintain free maps, compiled from public sources and updated by hikers, for hikers. There’s a decent amount of work needed to keep these current. For a number of reasons, they’re no longer being updated. The new NatGeo maps are nicer, waterproof, and their purchase helps fund the PCT. Something you should do…