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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".

Expert recommends northern winter footwear choices

Tim Smith has launched a video series focusing on key aspects of best practices for not only survival, but what I call “thrival” in the northern winter forests. This video lays out your two choices: cold/dry, and cold/wet scenarios. It … Continue reading

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On the Couch After the Sugarloaf Fat Tire Festival

“If I was a cell phone, I’d be at eighteen percent right now,’ mumbled John as he lay sprawled on the condominium’s couch as thirteen Bubbas settled into a much needed retreat after I logged 15 miles on the snow … Continue reading

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How to enjoy snowy trails, frozen lakes in Acadia National Park — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

“A lot of people think the park is closed, but it’s not.” Acadia is the only National Park in New England, and it is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  During the summer, it’s so crowded ( estimated 2.8 million … Continue reading

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Souping Is the New Juicing – The New York Times

Some of my readers have commented and even started their own phauxpho soup lunch programs after seeing my numerous pics from Instagram. Here’s the latest: I must have snagged the idea from the universe of food trends that was passing … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Golf Clubs. Hello, Hiking Boots and Kayak. – The New York Times

When I walk outside, I sometimes fantasize about what I would do if I did not have my present connections my family, friends, and work. I’d leave the house with my pack on my back and walk west for a … Continue reading

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Why “The Revenant” feels like the real deal 

Because Canada’s Mors Kochanski was technical adviser to the movie, that’s why.  If you don’t know about Mors, you don’t know much about the increasingly popular subset of outdoor adventuring known as Bushcraft.   Wikipedia says that, “Bushcraft is about thriving … Continue reading

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Strava, Snow, and Stoicism or Moving Along the Fitness Trail

It had been a struggle for me to meet my 2016 fitness goals here in the winter in Maine this month. I have been reaching deep to log in an hour a day of hard walking or bicycling- outdoors, of … Continue reading

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