Category Archives: Backpacking

Uncle Tom’s EZ Gift Guide for Hikers

Wondering what gift to get that walker, hiker, or budding adventurer at this giving time of year?  Here are my suggestions for ten things that might be just the ticket, choices which won’t stress the pocketbook too much. First off … Continue reading

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My faux pho recipe: A most excellent daily lunch !

I occasionally post Instagram photos of my “pho” bowls of soup since I started the practice almost a year ago.   My Vietnamese friend, Tom ,  just dressed me down for calling my soup pho. True pho relies on beef … Continue reading

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An Adventure Across and Around Katahdin Lake – Baxter State Park

The huge battering wind that awoke me yesterday in my bunk here at Windy Pitch camp at Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps is gone this morning. In its place is the sound of gently falling rain, a total surprise, given the … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Categories

Last month I had the pleasure of reuniting with my PCT and AT hiking buddy The Burglar, who received the Triple Crown of hiking after walking the AT northbound.  He stayed with me a couple of days before heading back … Continue reading

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Hiking Past 60: Get Smart !

Here is my best thinking about hiking as you get older. I’ve backpacked approximately 8,000 miles since age 57. Practice meditation for one hour daily. Allows feelings and thoughts to pass through your mind without judging or reacting to them;  … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods: My Movie Review

I attended the opening night screening here on Sept. 11 in mid-coast Maine, where a good-sized audience of seasoned moviegoers were in the vast majority. Big names are associated with this production: Bryson, Redford, and Nolte. The movie was based … Continue reading

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Hiking in The Hundred – The Last Day

Today was not supposed to be this last day of a 50 mile backpacking trip. Improvisation ruled from day one, when my intended 3 mile afternoon and soak on the deep pool in front of my favorite shelter, the Cooper … Continue reading

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