If I were to tell you that I plan to hike the Long Trail again, you probably wouldn’t be overly excited. You’d see the announcement, smile, and remember that you left a candle burning at home 3 hours ago. So, I’m not going to tell you that. I’m telling you that I plan to attempt […]
CT '22Saying Goodbye
I watched in the rearview mirror as Zach disappeared onto the trail, blinking the residual moisture out of my eyes. Leah was passed out on the passenger seat next to me, oblivious. I pointed Cecile’s tires back towards Gunnison. The half-hour drive went by painfully slowly, giving me all the time in the world to […]
CT '22Silverton to Gunnison: Exposure and Adaptation
It was completely exposed and we were surrounded by incredible views the whole time. Luckily for us, the sun was shining all day.
CT '22Durango to Silverton: Welcome to the CT
Just then, the trail swung to the left, straight into the darkest part of the storm. The closer to the lake we got, the harder it rained. By the time we reached it, hail was falling alongside the rain.
CT '22Gearing Up for the Colorado Trail
Thru-hiking solo has become the routine, so this time I’ve decided to throw a couple of wrenches into the plan. Their names are Zach and Leah
BMT '22Satisfaction and the Great Smoky Mountains
The Smokies were surprising. Suddenly I was making friends all over the place; section hikers, day hikers, and park staff were abundant.
BMT '22Digging In; Physically and Mentally
Much to my surprise, I felt comfortable in the woods, more so than I had in the past six days. Must be something about whitewater that puts my mind back at ease. I wasn’t constantly worrying about snakes or bears or mountain lions. I wasn’t concerned about being alone. I finally felt adjusted and borderline confident.