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As I ready myself for my next travel adventure, I thought it best to reflect on my hike of the JMT before it becomes a more distant memory. For a complete and thorough account of our hike, tune in to the Trovert’s/Dr. Suuz trail journal and read the story in detail. I like to blog

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8/1/13 – 107 miles I wrote this post three weeks ago and had no signal after that: We made it to Muir Ranch. This trail is not easy. The grades may be better than a lot of places on the AT but they go on and on for a long time, combine that with thin

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Published on July 30, 2013, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

7/29/13 60 miles In the morning we filled our bear-canisters with our supply boxes and packed wet tents from a heavy dew. Heavy tents and heavy food make for heavy packs so we set sight for a shorter day. The walk was uneventful for most of the day. We climbed 11 miles up a gentle

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Published on July 30, 2013, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

7/28/13 – 70 miles Today we walked 13 miles, the longest day yet. It was tiring but tolerable because most of the afternoon into Reds Meadows was a gentle downhill. We were afraid that all the good campsites at Reds would be gone so we decided to send our fastest hikers on ahead to secure

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Published on July 22, 2013, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

7/22/13 – 7 miles Congratulations to the Troverts for summiting Half Dome. Suuz made it to the base of the cables – quite an accomplishment in itself. Deadeye and I only hiked a couple of miles and staked claim to a campsite at Clouds Rest campsite. It has been a little cooler as we climb

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Published on July 21, 2013, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

7/21/13 – 5 miles. On day one of our hike we woke early in the backpacker campground, boiled water for a quick cup of coffee, and walked a mile through Yosemite National Park to the official starting point of the John Muir Trail. The temperature was cool and the path shady as we climbed the

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Published on March 21, 2013, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

After several days of relentless wind and heat near Borrego Springs, Richard and Dianna moved over the mountains to an RV park, while I sought refuge in a more protected section of landscape discovered the day before. I’m still in Anza-Borrego State Park only about 20 miles south of Borrego Springs, but a whole world

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Just outside a desperate little town on the border between CA and Mexico there is a sign that announces the start of a 2600 mile footpath. The footpath, known as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, traverses the entire western US from Mexico to Canada. Anyone that has hiked the AT can’t help but wonder

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I camped last night on a forest service road a few miles west of Forest Lakes. It was a beautiful area, surrounded by a stately grove of Ponderosa Pine, nestled deep within the Apache-Sitgreaves NF. The campground even had toilets. I was feeling pretty good so I decided to go on a short hike. Earlier,

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I make lots of mistakes when I write but this word processor isn’t helping any. Now it has removed all my spacing and clumped everything into one paragraph. Even if my spacing is wrong I’m against having the computer change it. I’ve put 100 miles on the motorcycle already. Roosevelt Lake is long, and I

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After completing several modifications to my van, I was anxious to get away for a few days and test everything out, kind of a shakedown trip if you will. The best way to find out what works and what doesn’t is to jump in and try it for a while – that’s one thing I

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9/28/12 – 2184.2 miles Baxter Peak – Mt. Katahdin – northern terminus of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. At 9:20 am, on September 28, 2012, I became an official thruhiker of the AT when I summited Mt. Katahdin in Maine, the end of my 2000+ mile journey. It will probably take a while for everything

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9/24/12 – 2138 miles For two days now I have been resting at a place called White House Landing, located on the Pemadumcook Lake, 45 miles south of my final Appalachian Trail destination. For reason I can’t explain… well, maybe 2100 miles, my foot suddenly developed pain behind the toes, which became more and more

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9/13/12 – 2022 miles Yesterday was one of those initiation back to full pack days. I was way overstocked on food. I think I was still a little paranoid from almost running out on our last section. We are planning on three easy days into Katatunk so food should.not be a problem. We hiked ten

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9/5/12 – 1927 miles We are still slack packing the AT over the mountains near Andover, ME. Today started out with light rain but we decided to take a chance and head out anyway. It wasn’t long before the rain turned into a mist and the sky began to brighten. The trail was still soggy

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8/31/22 – 1886 miles I guess technically we are still in the White Mountains. As hard as they were we are not done with rugged climbs and descents yet. Everyone has heard of the White Mountain Presidential Range in New Hampshire but few know how difficult the Mahoosucs and Bigelows in southern Maine are. Mahoosuc

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8/29/12 – 1865 miles Tonight we are at Pinkham Notch where the AMC has another lodge for tired hikers. We have only averaged 8 to 10 mile days through the White Mountains, making for some extra planning to arrive where we want to be next. We keep looking at the guide and plan to get

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8/28/12 – 1857 miles Early in the evening the clouds rolled in and wind picked up in intensity. By morning there was a storm headed toward Mount Washington and we knew the day would be a challenging hike to our next destination Madison Hut. The trail was almost completely above treeline, leaving little protection from

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