Author Archives: tjamrog

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-six years old 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".

Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target? – The New York Times

Very interesting research on postal service workers in Scotland, but already on the books. My ongoing research confirms that brisk walking, while mixing in occasional intervals, and even 30 second run bursts yields greatest health benefits. However, it will be … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is coffee healthy for you, and more questions answered ?

In September I spit in a plastic collection device and sent the saliva to Great Britain to be analyzed by FitnessGenes.  The lab extracted my DNA from the saliva sample and analyzed it. Three weeks later I received an analysis … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Winter Bikepacking in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument- Part 2/2

Despite being the only guest in the Mount Chase Lodge last night I was served a most excellent breakfast at 7:30, the time of my choice. Sky prepared pancakes, fruit slices, and bacon from a pig that had secured full … Continue reading

Posted in Bicycling, Bike packing | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

A Microadventure in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument- Part 1

Prequel:    “Bear and Sparkles say come on up! The fat biking is great :-)” I missed this sign for the  Mt. Chase Lodge when I passed through here a few minutes ago.   I’m headed 14 miles further down a … Continue reading

Posted in Bike packing, Mountain Biking, Outdoors, winter biking | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Long Trail backpacking presentation in Camden Thurs. night

This should be very good.<Click for full description See you there!  

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

Space available for “Make Your Own Bushcooker Stove”

One-night stove building workshop in Camden, Maine, 6-8:30 pm. Here is a picture of the stove in action: Further details about the stove itself are in this updated blog post from 2012. This post feature a video clip of the … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Gear | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Longevity Hacks and ME

This long overdue blog post was inspired by the Parade Magazine supplement from my Sunday paper. It’s a weak piece of literature, but occasionally I pull a recipe. Here is an article that even sparked a response from my wife … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness, hiking, Imported Posts, Mountain Biking, walking | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Maine basketball star scores 61 points in 1 game

“In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Step up ! Mileage Challenge for 2017 !

It’s now 2017. After reviewing all the end of the year” bests” lists and the sun ever so slowly extending itself into the far northeast corner of the USA , I’m ready and hopeful about what’s to come. For one, … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Bicycling, Continental Divide Trail, Fitness, hiking, Outdoors, winter biking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New Wisdom: 6 Long-Trail Legends Share Hard-Won Advice

Reblogging this 1/4/17 article from The Hiking Project! Welcome to the low pay lives of some of the best hikers in the world! I have hiked and sometimes camped with 5 of these 6 folks, on my 2010 PCT and … Continue reading

Posted in Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Canada, Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment