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PCT Planning, PCT Thru Hike / 18.12.2017

Short of actual experience, a great way to prepare for a PCT thru hike is to become familiar with the PCT thru-hike top hazards and challenges by reading PCT thru-hiker blogs.  (Read on for some of the best of these stories from 2017.)  No matter your experience with hardship, you are likely to have a wake up call when you actually encounter any number of challenges. Short of actual hardship experience, reading other's stories in advance helps the brain process the degree of difficulty, perhaps reducing the shock...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 19.10.2017

The mist was blowing cold as we stepped out of the ski patrol hut early in the morning on top of Bromley mountain. Today we skipped breakfast and hiked the last 3 miles from Bromley Mountain to Vermont Hwy 11 so we could have pancakes at Bob’s Diner. After seeing rubber sap collecting hoses strung through maple trees. I had to have  real maple syrup. We had completed 112 trail miles. I had completed a few more given a couple of wrong turns and some intentional side hikes. We did...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 18.10.2017

Getting ready for bed in the Ski Patrol Hut on top of Bromley Mountain. This is a very cool spot to spend the night with an open area at the top of a ski resort. There are the top of ski lifts all around. Great sunset, but the best part is stepping out the door into the windy night sky. I can see Manchester Center twinkling below. The Whites (White Mountains) can be seen in the distance just east of north. Today I had a close call on Baker...