Author Archives: Tom Jamrog

About Tom Jamrog

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".

Day 3 on the Eastern Trail

Start: Torbay         End:Quidi Vidi  42,839 steps           miles = 15.2 Sandra was a great host, and her Sea the Sea B & B was a deal for $98 for two.      … Continue reading

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Morning Greeting with the Foxes : Day 2 

Start:  Shoe Cove      End:  Torbay Mileage: 24K ( 14.5 miles) I walked to a seriously soaked this morning after condensation passed through the open screening and saturated my sleeping bag and everything else that was inside.    A few minutes … Continue reading

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Day 1 on Newfoundland’s Eastern Trail      

Start: Cape St. Francis. End: Shoe Cove.  Mileage:  10   ​​  “This East Coast Trail will make you feel like you died and gone to heaven,” said my hiking sidekick Bad Influence. First, I really enjoyed my stay at Wild … Continue reading

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Preparing for Long Distance Hiking

In the next couple of days I am simultaneously prepping for two events. I present this coming Sunday at the 41st Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s biennial Conference “Views from the Maine Woods,” which runs August 4-11 at Colby College in Waterville. … Continue reading

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Flesh-eating bacteria nearly kills man who went hiking in N.H.

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“Wayne Atkins thought little of the blisters he had gotten while hiking. He was trekking up and down the 4,500-foot-high Mount Garfield in New Hampshire — a 10-mile round trip — and blisters were no surprise.”-Source: Flesh-eating bacteria nearly kills … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Golf Clubs. Hello, Hiking Boots…..

  Today, I ate my usual eggs and toast Sunday morning breakfast that precedes my regular “Bubba Church” mountain bike ride with my aging off-road posse. On early morning Sundays, I read the digital version of the NY Times and … Continue reading

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Mid Year Update from Uncle Tom’s Adventures – What’s Up?

With half of 2017 gone, there are six months of adventures still available for the rest of year. Here’s what’s on my plate right now: Finish up writing my first book! I have completed the writing and the editing process … Continue reading

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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

I’m sitting here on a dreary, gonna-be-hot-and-humid Saturday morning and deciding whether to hike or bike a bit this morning. It is exactly half way into the 2017 calendar year. I’m just been through a month of recovery from a … Continue reading

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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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