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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".

Review of Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story (DVD)

I just received my copy of the new DVD put out by Grandma Gatewood’s family in collaboration with a grant from the Ohio Historical Society’s History Fund.  Nominated for an Emmy, the 50 minute video explores Emma Gatewood’s 1955 solo … Continue reading

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Excellent report on mating navigation with judicious GPS usage. I agree that a GPS’ ability to instantly place your location on a map is the key function that might save more than time.

http://www.christownsendoutdoors.com/2017/04/navigation-thoughts-on-using-tools.html

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Yet another reason to “Stop Talking, Start Walking!” NYTimes: A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week, Has Benefits for Dementia

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Some flix here I’ve not heard about anywhere else. Good info!

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https://betterhumans.coach.me/the-day-reading-died-c8fd8da7814

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Smackdown Along Safford Brook

I called it quits tonight after I walked a mere mile on the flats outside my door. It was a huge accomplishment. For the past two weeks, I haven’t been able to walk that far. My absence from my usual … Continue reading

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The vastness of North Maine Wood’s 3.5 million acres. The 87,000 acres on donated land, with $40,000,000 by a private citizen to maintain it is the deal of my lifetime. Support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. I did by sending my letter of support in the 60 day comment period. https://wabi.tv/2017/05/08/national-monument-designation-public-comment-period-to-open/

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Backpacking Brands That Stand Tall in My Book

With a month and a half a backpacking scheduled for this coming season I’ve been going through broken and worn gear and replacing it. I am one of those people who are rough on gear. Every piece of gear and … Continue reading

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How Much Should You Exercise? | NutritionFacts.org

Many of us struggle with deciding how much time we should put into exercising. The truth is a bit difficult to put into practice, due to our busy lifestyles.  You may be dismayed to learn that it takes serious time … Continue reading

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Hills to Sea Trail attempt

The weather this  looks decent, except for a morning shower, for me to attempt a 2 day weekend hike of this local trail.  Since there is no camping on- trail and I have been unable to secure a local place … Continue reading

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