Category Archives: Backpacking

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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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Massachusetts hiker, 26, found dead after Christmas Eve hike in White Mountains, from the The Boston Globe

Hypothermia grants no special deals for previous experience.  Very difficult for me to read, understand, and consider.   “Jack Holden had been at home in the forest since he was a Cub Scout. On Saturday, he had a pack full … Continue reading

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End of Year Mileage Push !

It’s really dark and cold again where I live in Midcoast Maine. Ice and snow coat the fields, forests, and roads.  Grrrrr. My response is to get outdoors as much as possible.  That will mean hiking, fat tire biking, cutting … Continue reading

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Thursday night in Union! Camino Portugese

Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 PM Illustrated Travel Talk: Hiking the Coastal Camino Portugese Vose Library, 392 Common Road in Union, Maine. Telephone: (207) 785-4733 Email: librarian@voselibrary.org Tom Jamrog, Triple Crown Hiker ( Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide … Continue reading

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First Time Inside Maine’s National Monument

This past Columbus Day weekend, I finally set foot on the spanking new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.   It was easy. I followed a marked, signed 1.8 mile trail from Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps on the (Map Adventures) Katahdin/Baxter … Continue reading

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