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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 »

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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 »

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Resupplying on a Thru Hike

To mail drop or not to mail drop… Nothing stresses me out more than trying to plan what food I might want to eat four months from now, not to mention how much of it.  I don’t even like to read the guidebook until I’m a week or two out from leaving.  If there’s one… Read more »

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Batona Trail Thru Hike

The Batona Trail stands for BAck TO NAture.  It’s a 52.7 mile trail in the Pinelands National Reserve, America’s first National Reserve, surprisingly in New Jersey.  It goes through Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Franklin Parker Preserve, and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.  Camping is only allowed at designated sites (for a small fee),… Read more »

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Our 2015 PCT Class Video is Amazing!

Over the past 10+ years, there has been a tradition of creating a class video for each year of PCT hikers.  For 2015, over 200 people sent in over 13,000 pictures and videos and Ratatouille spent over 100 hours putting this all together.  Many thanks to Ratatouille for doing such an amazing job!  It was great… Read more »

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Book Review: Pacific Crest Trials

I read Zach Davis’ first book, Appalachian Trials, back before my Appalachian Trail thru hike.  I found it very useful then, and was excited to be able to contribute to his new PCT edition!  I met co-author Carly Moree briefly on the AT in 2013, right after I broke my big toe, and ran into… Read more »

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The Devil’s Path New Years Thru Hike

The Devil’s Path, a 24.4 mile trail in the Catskills, is regularly called the most dangerous and toughest trail in the East or in the lower 48.  Over that short distance, there is 14,000′ of elevation gain and loss, much of it in very steep sections that require hands as well as feet to climb… Read more »

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PCT Done!

I hiked out 7.5 miles to Highway 66 this morning, finishing my PCT hike. What started as a nobo thru hike in April turned into a flip flop when I hurt my foot in August and had to take some time off. I flipped up to do Washington nobo and flopped back to do Oregon… Read more »

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Hyatt Lake

I have such a hard time getting myself out of my sleeping bag when it’s cold. The mornings lately still haven’t been as cold as they were in Northern Washington, but they’re getting closer. I got started at 8:30 and stopped a couple miles later at the South Brown Mountain Shelter for water. There’s a… Read more »