The Plight of the AT Purist

A few weeks ago, I went to Damascus, VA to take a course that was supposed to help me get ready for my thru-hike.  The term “purist” came up a few times.

The course instructor felt like people had come to use that term in a derogatory way.

Maybe.  But should we really GAF what other people think about how we hike?  I think not.

Read More

Friday Fave: Why in the world would you want to do that?

This was our first overnighter in the White Mountains this season.  Steve Smith, the guru of all things White Mountain hiking, called this one “the most grueling section of the AT in the White Mountains.”

Oh, goody!

This should be fun.

Read More

Friday Fave: Camp on a Cliff, Hope Boulders Stay Put

Mt. Guyot transformed from Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll overnight. 

Today, we got skies parting, angels singing and a glorious day for a walk in the wood.

Plus, cornbread.

It doesn't get any better than that.

Read More

Friday Fave: I Play a Part in a White Mountain Love Story

Way back at Liberty Springs Tent Site, we chatted with Quinn, the Caretaker, a lovely young woman who didn't seem to mind answering questions she'd probably been asked a thousand times about what it's like to spend the summer using a privy that "flushes" with mulch.  

She asked me to deliver a message to a boy at the Guyot Shelter.  Of course I said yes!  What fun to play a tiny role in a White Mountain love story.   

She entrusted me with a tiny square of paper folded a couple of times with "Jimmy" penned elegantly on the top.

I tucked it into my hip belt where I knew it would be safe and off we went.  It would be two days before we reached the Guyot Shelter.

The question was:  would the note survive the trek?

Read More

Friday Fave: Franconia Ridge, White Mountains, NH

This was day two of a five-day trip along the Appalachian Trail through the White Mountains, from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch.

Apparently the rumors of White Mountain ruggedness and ability to challenge even the most seasoned hikers start way down in Georgia. 

But I learned a few years ago that TIARAS give you secret hiking super powers.

Read More