Badlands Traverse – Trip Report

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The Badlands of South Dakota is one of the jewels in America’s National Park System. It combines a fauna-abundant prairie land with a moonscape of other-worldly rock formations, to form one of the country’s most unique natural environments. Last month I hiked the … Continue reading

Sangre de Cristo Traverse

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On the afternoon of September 5, I completed an eight day traverse of Colorado’s Sangre De Cristo (i.e. “Blood of Christ”) mountains. My route began in the town of Salida and finished at the informal trailhead for Blanca Peak, just off … Continue reading

Southeastern Serpentine Trail

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The Southeastern Serpentine Trail (SST) is an almost 600 mile route through the southern Appalachian mountains. It passes through four states and consists of a combination of the Foothills, Bartram and Benton Mackaye trails, along with the Smokies section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). … Continue reading

Colorado Trail Trip Report

Sunset on the Colorado Trail | Photo taken just south of Bald mountain during last month's CT thru hike.

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I hiked the Colorado Trail (CT) during the first two weeks of September. No crowds, monsoon season practically over, the Aspens changing from green to flaming gold. A wonderful time to be outside in the Rockies. Coming in at around … Continue reading

Zion National Park Loop | UT, USA, 2013

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Distance: 60 miles (96.6 km) approx. Avg.Time:  4 days Start / Finish:   The Grotto Easy access via the shuttle system which departs regularly from the Zion NP Visitor’s Center. Season: All year. For more moderate conditions, Spring and Autumn are … Continue reading

Appalachian Trail | USA, 2012

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Distance: 2181 miles (3510 km) Avg. Time: 5 – 6 months Start / Finish: Northern Terminus: Mt. Katahdin, Baxter State Park, ME Southern Terminus: Springer Mountain, GA Season: Regular hiking season for northbounders runs from March through to mid-October. For … Continue reading

Continental Divide Trail | USA, 2012

Distance:  2,500 miles – 3,100 miles (5,000 km) | Depends on route choices. Avg. Time:  5 months Start / Finish: Southern Terminus: Crazy Cook Monument, NM (official), Antelope Wells and Columbus, NM (alternates). Northern Terminus: Waterton Lake, MT or Chief Mountain, … Continue reading

Southwestern Horseshoe | USA, 2012

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The Southwestern Horseshoe (SWH) is an approximately 1800 mile (2896 km) backcountry route from Arches National Park to Albuquerque. It passes through three states, five national parks and combines lengthy segments of the Hayduke, Arizona and Grand Enchantment Trails. I … Continue reading

International Appalachian Trail | Canada & USA | 2011

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Distance : 743 miles (1196 km) approx. Avg.Time:  45 – 50 days Start : Cap Gaspe, Quebec, Canada Finish : Mt.Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine, USA Maps / Information : In October, 2011, I hiked from Cap Gaspe, Quebec, via … Continue reading