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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".

My First Book is Out !

English major makes good!  My first book is back from the printers and ready for distribution! The book will be available via Amazon in week or so after I set up accounts for sales and shipping.  Blog subscribers get first … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Multi-fuel Backpacking Stove

Only 4 days left to register. Make your own multi-fuel backpacking stove! Have fun making a lightweight stove that you can use on day hikes and on backpacking trips. Created from metal cans and fasteners, these downdraft stoves efficiently burn … Continue reading

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In praise of Bernd Heinrich

I tuned into Maine Pubic Broadcasting’s Maine Calling show yesterday at 1 pm in order to listen to Bernd Henirich discuss his newest book (he’s published 20), The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in … Continue reading

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Heading up to the North Maine Woods

Looking forward to checking out Namakhanta Lake Wilderness Camps for the Columbus Day weekend. The fall foliage is moderate, and 70% full. NLWC has been on my list for years. I love checking out the old sporting camps, and this one … Continue reading

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East Coast Trail : Day 14 Maddox Cove to Blackhead (Last day)

  9.5 miles Bad Influence and I paid $30 each for the shuttle from the Cappahayden back to Wild Roses B & B just outside St. John’s yesterday. This is the last day before we catch our flights back to … Continue reading

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Day 13 East Coast Trail: Renews to Cappahayden

8 miles The sunrise awakened us as we prepared to pack up and complete this most southern portion of the East Coast Trail. It’s always exciting to make it from one end of a long trail to the other. We … Continue reading

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AT Crushed: ‘Stringbean’ Sets Both Speed Records

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Day 12: East Coast Trail: Aquaforte to “au sauvage” at Fannies Cove Meadow

14 miles Map rating:  (Mostly) Difficult : 6-9 hours  Moderate Portion 3-5 hours We started walking today at 10:15. it took that long for the heavy rain that fell during the night to taper off in the morning and our … Continue reading

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Day 11 East Coast Trail:  navigation by drone

Start: Long Will Campsite. End Aquaforte. 14 miles Here are some photos from this amazing day of hiking oceanside.   We scored a breakfast at mid morning.   At noon, we encountered a young German couple who told us that … Continue reading

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Day 10 East Coast Trail: roaring ocean soundtrack 

Roaring Cove Campsite to Long Will Campsite 38,900 steps via Fitbit.   14.5 miles      Dark and stormy skies opened the day. Today’s path was described by the map as “Difficult to strenuous” and the walking certainly reflected that. We made … Continue reading

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