Monthly Archives: September 2012

Moving Out, Again !

The following article was just published in the Oct. 2012 issue of the Communiqué, the newspaper of the National Association of School Psychologists. Online access is limited to members, so I have listed the full article here. I failed math … Continue reading

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Big Hike on Bigelow Range

After I reached the top of Mt. Redington, I took another night at the Stratton Motel, where I enjoyed a long hot soak in the bath tub immediately after I got in the room.  I had a few choices as … Continue reading

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Bushwhacking Mt. Redington, or How I Learned to Love My GPS

I have never had a backpacking day like this one. It involved GPS skills and bushwhacking my way through the thick of the Maine mountain forest. I’m short on both proficiencies. After breakfast at the Laughing Moose I gave another … Continue reading

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Packed Up- Where To ?

I’ve just rolled into my room at the Stratton Motel- packed up and ready to go bright and early tomorrow. I love this ramshackle place. It’s after the fishing, before the hunting, before the snowmobiling season- it’s hiker time. This … Continue reading

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Katahdin- Day 3/3

Our third day in Baxter greeted us with yet another sunny, clear, warm morning as we headed back down the 3.3 mile Chimney Pond Trail to conclude our adventure.    Tenzing composed this panoramic photo of Basin Pond. Soon after, we … Continue reading

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Katahdin’s Knife Edge – Day 2/3

I had a poor night’s sleep in lean-to #5.  The wind was loud, and I was concerned that it would affect our plans.  #5 is rumored to have once encountered wind so ferocious that it once tipped over.  Tenzing took … Continue reading

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Katahdin- Day 1

“We are watching the cloud factory”,  I said to Clarkie, as we both stared along the highest ridge above the Great Basin, the most formidable glacial cirque in the Eastern US. It was past 7 PM, and the sun had … Continue reading

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Darn Tough= darn good

I purchased a pair of these socks for $16 in Manchester Center, Vermont in 2007 and used them for the last several hundred miles of that hike to Katahdin. Then they lasted the whole 2,670 miles of my 2012 PCT … Continue reading

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Top 5 Maine hikes

From the View From the Top list, forwarded by Clarkie: Tomcat’s top 5 Maine hikes. 1. Katahdin Loop from Roaring Brook-over Knife Edge-down Hamlin Ridge The Knife Edge goes without saying. Long periods of alpine scenery unlike anything else in … Continue reading

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Middle-Age Fitness wards off impending feebleness?

 The Benefits of Middle-Age Fitness – <-click here for full NYT article. My wife sometimes teases me about my walks, hikes, paleo wheelbarrow workouts, jumping sessions, visits to the gym, and even an occasional run ( OK, just once … Continue reading

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