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September 20, 2019


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

Erie Canalway Trail junction

Getting serious: 18 miles of AT thru-hike preparation (without washing your pits with snowballs)

The arrival of the boots I plan on starting the AT thru-hike with, combined with some advice posted to one of my articles by a veteran hiker, turned my weekend plans into some serious thru-hiking prep.  I had recently lost the hiking boots I had been using for three years, and the lack of proper

Choosing the best foods for an AT thru-hike

Weighing in Part 1: What’s the best food for an Appalachian Trail Thru-hike?

The short answer: whatever you can find in the few stores and outfitters along the trail once the first 3-5 days of food you start out with runs out. In all seriousness, however, there is still always bound to be some variety, as well as chances to hitch a ride at a crossroad to a

Camp Kno Koma for children with juvenile diabetes

WV camp for children with diabetes: our first 2016 AT thru-hike fundraising effort

As mentioned in many of my posts so far, one of my goals as an insulin-dependent diabetic thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring is to raise both awareness and money for diabetes.  Our focus will be in two areas: diabetes research and hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures for children with juvenile diabetes.  With research

Kevin McCourt hiking in Glimmerglass State Park

Can an agoraphobic, insulin-dependent diabetic hike 2200 miles through the wilderness?

Like most things in life, there’s only one way to find out. If you told me a few months ago that in March I would begin thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, I would have said you were crazy.  Now that I’ve decided to do it, I realize it was inevitable. It was