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March 23, 2019

2016 Appalachian Thru-Hike

over planning

You can plan everything, or you can plan for everything

I love mornings. Some of my favorite things occur during the early hours of the day, such as sunsets, peace and quiet, and that slight fog in between sleep and full wakefulness where most of my most inspiring ideas emerge. The whole day is still full of promise and there is the potential for anything to happen.

sunrise hike on beach

The tide rushes in: 18 days to AT thru-hike start

I have come to the conclusion that there is really only one way to prepare to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.  Fortunately, it involves only one step: Step 1: Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Done?  Good, now you’re ready. In all seriousness… I have spent a great deal of time researching equipment, reading reference books and personal

thru-hiking with agoraphobia

Hiking 2200 miles with agoraphobia: Mission impossible or miracle cure?

The truth is, I expect it can be a little bit of both, depending upon the characteristics of one’s particular agoraphobic tendencies, but I hope to make some surprising arguments in favor of such an undertaking.  Let’s face it: thru-hiking the roughly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail is incredibly challenging for anyone, and five to seven years ago,

camp for juvenile diabetes camp kno-koma

More than $50 raised for juvenile diabetes summer camp in first week!

As announced last week, sponsor Uncle Joe’s Eclectic, Inc. is donating 10% of sales from its eBay craft supply store to a non-profit summer camp for children with juvenile diabetes.  This began on January 27th, and will continue until I finish my thru-hike at Katahdin around September, 2016.  Camp Kno-Koma, the summer camp being supported, provides children

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