Gateway to the Sierras. Mile 702. I set a goal to reach this place by 6-15. I'm 4 days early, despite a few setbacks. I have new boots, snow pants, new backpack, a new stove and much food. Mind and body are in tune and ready for this!
Looking forward to climbing Mt. Whitney. More to come!!!
People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. In 2017, I hiked the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail. I was the first to hike the Baja Divide Trail in Mexico but failed miserably to thru-hike the Bruce Trail in Canada. In 2019, I hiked the TEMBR in Ecuador and now, I'm going to attempt to hike 1,150 miles of the North Country Trail as it runs through my home state of Michigan.
The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in these endeavors.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Ultralight hikers are fond of saying "You bring more of what you're afraid of". What they mean by that is that we tend pack more things in our backpacks to compensate for our fears. For example, if you're afraid to be cold, you brings lots of clothes. If you're afraid of being hungry, you bring lots of food. If you're afraid of getting lost you bring extra maps, GPS, etc... I think they're right but, on the other hand, you can't hike with NOTHING. You need some kind of shelter, at least some food and a map, etc... I've been re-evaluating all my gear, wondering where I can shave a few ounces and asking myself "What, exactly, am I afraid of?". Stay tuned and I'll let you know what I come up with.
He may impress you as a good 'ol boy from South Carolina but he is not a man. He is a beast. He's a cyborg from the planet Hikesalot. He's out here crushing the miles and, by the way, he's a triple crowner. You read what I just typed? A TRIPLE CROWNER. Plus he's done the Florida Trail, the Bartram Trail, etc... He's humble as hell but he's a wealth of information and experience. If you can get through his thick accent, you can learn a ton. I'm proud to hike with him.