SST – Part 3 – AT/Smokies

Distance:  95 miles (153 km) Start: Cheoah Bald, NC Finish:  Green Corner Rd, TN (turnoff to Standing Bear Farm) Time:  3.5 days (Nov.13 to Nov.16) Daily Average:  27.1 miles Highlights: Hot showers at the Fontana Dam shelter; affectionately known by long … Continue reading

SST – Stage 2 – Bartram Trail

Distance:  116 miles (187 km) Start:  Russell Bridge, GA Finish:  Cheoah Bald, NC Time:  4.5 days (early Nov.8 to Nov.12) Daily Average:  25.8 miles (41.5 km) Highlights: The Georgia section of the Bartram Trail (about 38 miles) is distinguished by wonderful engraved … Continue reading

SST – Stage 1 – Foothills & Chattooga Trails

Distance:  73 miles approx. (117 km) Start:  Table Rock State Park, SC Finish:  Russell Bridge, SC/GA border Time:  3 days (late Nov.5 to early Nov.8 ) Daily Average:  24.3 miles (29.1 km) Highlights: Fall colours: Around the lower elevations of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 3 – Maine

Distance:  114 miles (183.4 km) Time:  3.5 days (10/16/11 – 10/19/2011) Daily Average:  32.6 miles (52.4 km) Total Distance:  624 miles (1004 km) Highlights: Mt.Katahdin – The southern terminus of the IAT and the jewel of Baxter State Park. The name … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 2 – New Brunswick

Distance:  171 miles (275 km) Time:  4.5 days (Oct.12-16) Daily Average:  38 miles (61.1 km) Total Distance: 510 miles (820.6 km) Highlights: Mt. Carleton State Park – this 12 km loop was the only real off-road hiking in all of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 1 – Quebec

Distance:  339 miles (545.5 km) – I had to miss a little over 150 km due to the Matane Wildlife Reserve closure. See below for details. Time:  12 days (9/30/2011 – 10/11/2011) Daily Average:  28.3 miles (45.5 km) Highlights: Back to … Continue reading

SHR – Part 1- Road’s End to Red’s Meadow

Distance:  128 miles (206 km) (Note: includes 10 mile detour down Palisade Creek……see below for details) Time:  8 days  (9/7/11 – 9/14/11) Daily Average:  16 miles (25.7 km) Highlights: The Path Less Travelled: I love hiking off-trail. Route finding, challenging … Continue reading

GDT- Stage 2- Banff to Jasper

Distance:  297 miles (477.9 km) Time:  9 days  (8/26/11 – 9/3/11) Daily Average:  33 miles (53.1 km) Total Distance:  606.1 miles (975.2 km) Highlights: Banff, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks were uniformly incredible. Specific areas which come to mind are Whistling … Continue reading

GDT – Stage 1- Waterton to Banff

Distance:  309.1 miles (497.3 km) Time:  10.5 days  (8/16/11 – 8/26/11) Daily Average:  29.4 miles (47.4 km) Highlights: Waterton National Park: It is difficult to imagine a more spectacular beginning to a long distance hike. Literally one jaw-dropping vista after … Continue reading

PNT – Part 1 – Cape Alava to Port Townsend

Distance:  232 miles (373.3 km) Time:  10 days (7/2/11 – 7/11/11) ……including one rest day in Port Angeles Daily Average:  23.2 miles (37.3 km) Highlights: Olympic coast: Sea Lions, bald eagles, gorgeous sunsets, fascinating tide pools and a myriad of … Continue reading