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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".

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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A Most Pleasant First Trail Ride on Mount Pleasant (2017 version)

The first 2017 group ride with The Bubba to the top of Mount Pleasant in the Warren/West Rockport area had it all- mud, ice, stream riding, and even more snow than expected.  The approach from Route 90 departed from the … Continue reading

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Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 65 & Up – Backpacker

I’m reblogging today’s Twitter feed from Backpacker magazine.  Granted, it might have a bit limited an appeal, given that it targets us greying hikers.  While I agree with the majority of the points covered, the article contains one glaring piece … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Backcountry Shelter? A $1,500 Heated Tipi. | Outside Online

I just unpacked my 4 person SeekOutside tipi for shoulder and winter season heated tenting. Don Kivelus of Four Dog Stove is crafting me a tiny custom titanium airtight wood stove for the tent. The total weight of the tipi/stove/stovepipe … Continue reading

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The Thru-Gear List | The Hiking Life

Good material here. http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/the-thru-hikers-gear-list/

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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

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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

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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

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