Day 3: Pine Mountain Trail thru hike, 4/6/14

I'm a thru hiker again, yea!! Fingers crossed I'll be able to say in September that I've thru hiked 2 trails in 2014 ;). Though maybe I better stop upping the ante, what will 2015 look like?? Besides finally going back to work again, of course. We had ~2 miles of the Pine Mountain Trail … Continue reading Day 3: Pine Mountain Trail thru hike, 4/6/14

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A week in Atlanta (or almost!): 3/28/14 – 4/3/14

I'm lying in my tent happy how well I pitched it tonight, reviewing and grinning at pictures of Joan practicing her "going to ground" setup - I predict she will hang her hammock as often as humanly possible on the PCT! She and I are leading a Trail Dames backpacking trip starting tomorrow, at FD … Continue reading A week in Atlanta (or almost!): 3/28/14 – 4/3/14

Day 1: Pine Mountain Trail thru hike, 4/4/14

Weather is such a fickle thing. Maybe the universe decided that I'd had enough rain on the AT last year and decided to spare us today! With an 80% chance of rain and potential severe storms after 5pm, we all thought we'd spend a good portion of the day wet. While hiking, we put on … Continue reading Day 1: Pine Mountain Trail thru hike, 4/4/14

3/11/2014- 3/14/2014: Canyonlands and reminiscences 1 year post AT start

The Southwest Tour continues, the penultimate installment and the last backpacking piece. This time in Canyonlands, the Needles. Our permit had Joan and I at campsite EC3 on Night 1. We have a gorgeous view of Elephant Canyon, but the ground is certainly not conducive for stakes. How I wish I had my trusty freestanding … Continue reading 3/11/2014- 3/14/2014: Canyonlands and reminiscences 1 year post AT start

2/24/14: Sublime under the Ponderosa Pines

I lay tonight in my new Zpacks Hexamid Solo Plus tent, and am thoroughly enjoying several facts: 1. I saw Ponderosa Pine trees again today, which I madly adore, and am actually sleeping ringed by them 2. It was relatively easy to pitch the new tent, heaven knows I hate fiddling, and it has TONS … Continue reading 2/24/14: Sublime under the Ponderosa Pines

2/23/14: Cowboy camping on Guadalupe Peak!

Laying (without a tent, gasp!) at 8000 ft, awestruck by the scenery and stars.... Yes, despite the long water carries, I do believe I love hiking in the west! My first time cowboy camping came about from sheer laziness - the tent pads at the established campsite up here is very rocky, and stakes were … Continue reading 2/23/14: Cowboy camping on Guadalupe Peak!

1/3/14 – Day 4: GA shake down hike

10.5 miles, 29633 steps, Section 2 of the Chattooga River Trail/Bartram Trail, camping near Dick's Creek Gap Falls I love exploring new trails! Joan suggested a favorite hike of hers for our next segment of gear shake down / bear canister heavy food carry trip. My word, the Chattooga River, bordering SC and GA, is … Continue reading 1/3/14 – Day 4: GA shake down hike