Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail

I’ve been so excited for this hike for months.  A thru hike is a thru hike, even if it is only 48 miles!  And the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail is close to home to boot!  There were supposed to be four of us hiking but some last minute changes in work plans led to three of… Read more »

Onion River Race and Ramble

I was invited to join the Onion River Race and Ramble with some friends who had an extra kayak.  It’s a 10.5 mile paddle down the Winooski River that benefits Friends of the Winooski and you can sign up in multiple categories but it basically boils down to racing (competitive) or rambling (lazy).  We rambled, of… Read more »

Long Trail – Lincoln Gap to Route 2

I’m trying to finish my Long Trail section hike this year and just need a few weekends to do it.  The first was this weekend, Lincoln Gap to Route 2, with Switchfoot and Owen.  They met at my place Friday night and we drove up to Lincoln Gap Saturday morning to get started. The Long… Read more »

Appalachian Trail Vermont – Stage Road to Podunk Road

I have been eagerly anticipating my first overnight hike of the season.  I had to push it a week due to bad weather, but it finally happened!  I took some ladies from OWA out for a short jaunt on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. I haven’t fully packed my pack in a while, and I… Read more »


I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds.  I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches… Read more »

No Man’s Land Film Festival

Jenn and I went down to the Boston area to check out the No Man’s Land Film Festival on tour yesterday, hosted by Outdoor Women’s Alliance.  But first, we stopped at the Middlesex Fells Reservation for a quick hike. We walked a loop including Bellevue Pond and Wright’s Tower.  The trail system there seemed extensive,… Read more »

Mount Ascutney

I volunteer as the Vermont event coordinator for the Outdoor Women’s Alliance New England grassroots team, but over the past couple of months, my events kept getting canceled due to snow storms.  We finally got out this month for a hike up Mount Ascutney.  Since it’s mud season, most of the trails are not in… Read more »

Long Trail – App Gap to Mad River Glen

The plan was to hike the Long Trail from Appalachian Gap to Lincoln Gap, which is ambitious enough in winter at 11.6 miles (plus 1.9 miles of closed Lincoln Gap Road).  It goes over two 4,000 footers plus four other peaks.  Add in the 2 to 3 feet dump of snow we received this week,… Read more »

Book Review: Married to the Trail

Now that I’ve done the AT and the PCT, the logical next step is the CDT – the Continental Divide Trail.  I don’t have plans to do it any time soon, but it doesn’t hurt to start reading about it!  The CDT runs from Mexico to Canada up the Continental Divide.  According to the CDTC,… Read more »

A Warm Winter Weekend at Bryant Camp

I booked this weekend at Bryant Camp over a month ago.  It’s a newly renovated cabin a mile up a backcountry ski trail in Bolton Valley.  The end of February should be perfect skiing weather, right?  Not any more.  It was in the 50s-60s all week and we lost tons of snow in the thaw…. Read more »

  • Sonoma hiking

    I spent Memorial Day weekend in Sonoma County, CA, with my cousin Sarah and we got in a few great hikes. On Sunday we went to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and climbed to the top of Mount St. Helena. It was about a ten mile hike, five out and five back. We started on… Read more »

  • Book Review: Appalachian Trials

    I really enjoyed this quick read by Zach Davis, AKA the Good Badger. Like the author, I too was surprised to not see any books on the psychological aspects of an undertaking such as the AT. While hiker memoirs cover it as a personal aspect of their whole story, it’s not the focus of those… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Art of Travel

    This book by Alain de Botton is basically a series of essays on different aspects of travel: Departure, Motives, Landscape, Art, and Return. He uses his own travel experiences as well as the travel experiences of historical figures (through journals, letters, and artwork) to illustrate his points. I personally do a lot of traveling, both… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

    I love The Complete Walker IV, which I read years ago, and I feel like Andrew Skurka‘s new book is a great update to that. It’s much shorter because he focuses on the best options for gear and does not necessarily spend too much time on the others. While he is a proponent of lightweight… Read more »

  • Physical preparations update

    I’ve been traveling so much for work lately that I haven’t been keeping up with the physical preparations needed for a thru-hike. Since I postponed the hike, I saw that as an opportunity to really get in shape since I’ve been pretty lazy up until now. To that end, I signed up for a couple… Read more »

  • Film Review: The Way

    I had tried to see The Way when it was in theaters and missed it so I was excited to finally watch it now. This movie is about a different trail, El Camino de Santiago, but it was mainly about the reasons people were on the trail, which I think is universal to any long… Read more »

  • Postponed

    For various reasons, I’ve made the tough decision to postpone my hike by one year. Postponing my thru-hike once makes me worried that something will come up in the next year that will potentially make me postpone it again. I can’t let that happen though and will continue planning for the hike as if it’s… Read more »

  • WFA

    I took a Wilderness First Aid class over the weekend and am now WFA certified! It was pretty intense, covering a lot of ground in the classroom and also going through potential emergency scenarios outside, with some students acting as victims and some as rescuers. I felt like I learned a lot but the trick… Read more »

  • Physical preparations

    I’ve been very lazy in getting started with physical preparations but I’ve finally gotten moving. I started yoga and am enjoying the classes immensely. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for years any way but it took a groupon to get me started. I also started running again, sort of following the Couch to 5k… Read more »