Category Archives: Camping

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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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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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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Kicking off a September Week of Hiking at Baxter State Park

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate make my 20th summit hike to  Maine’s highest point via the newly rerouted Abol Trail. I returned last week to hike in my favorite backpacking destination, Baxter State Park, joining my Appalachian … Continue reading

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Baxter State Park: Day 4 of 6

We’re back in Lean-to #4  at Russell Pond Campground for another day.  Russell is a grand place to take a rest day, explore the surrounding area, or just “watch the bark peel”. We did as a short day hike of … Continue reading

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Baxter State Park: Day 1 of 6

There is something mammalian about avoiding going outdoor when it is raining sheets.  I voiced this point to Gaspedal and Rokrabbit, while I was driving them through the rainstorm above Bangor on I-95 this morning. We’re on schedule for day … Continue reading

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Backpacking in Baxter

Awoke this morning at 5 am to the sweet  sound of rain falling outside my bedroom window.  Heading up today for the first of two backpacking trips that I am guiding to northern Maine. The rain should be done sometime … Continue reading

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6 day, 5-night Baxter State Park/Katahdin adventure

Aug.22- 27, 2016 (Due to a recent cancellation I have one space available for this upcoming backpacking trip.) Join our exploration of the central and northeast sections of Baxter State Park before  ascending the newly rerouted Abol Trail leading to … Continue reading

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Desperate Steps: Life Death, and Choices made in the Mountains of the Northeast- my book review

   Desperate Steps is the late 2015 book release from the Appalachian Mountain Club. The subtitle is “Life, Death, and Choices made in the Mountains of the Northeast”.  I just finished my second close reading. The book is a sobering … Continue reading

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