Triple Crown Gear List (2017)

Some four and a half years after finishing the 12 Long Walks – of which the Calendar Triple Crown constituted the last three hikes – the PCT, CDT and AT continue to be the trails I am asked about the most. … Continue reading

Is Thru-Hiking Really 90 Percent Mental?

This is one of those statements that you hear all the time in the US long distance hiking community. Indeed, it has been repeated so often in articles, online forums and books, that it is seems to be accepted as … Continue reading

Blood Mountain

On this day four years ago, I finished the longest journey of my hiking life. A 14,300 mile, almost eighteen month odyssey called the 12 Long Walks. I had planned to end my trip at the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus … Continue reading

Southeastern Serpentine Trail

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

Gear Review: MLD Burn Backpack

Between 2010 and 2015, I hiked more than 19,000 miles (30,577 km) carrying an MLD Burn. This included multi-week trips in Australia, New Zealand and the calendar year triple crown of 2012 (plus eight of the other 12 Long Walks). Suffice … Continue reading

Winter is Coming

“The path wound its way through the snow laden trees. The forest had an ethereal quality, that made me feel as if I was floating rather than hiking. It was mid-November in the Appalachian mountains. Winter was coming.” ~ Cam … Continue reading

Appalachian Trail | USA, 2012

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

Quick & Dirty Guides to the Triple Crown

With the popularity of the Triple Crown increasing, the amount of information on the internet regarding the three long distance trails is staggering. Some of it is good; some of it not so much. That being the case, how does one separate … Continue reading

Top 10 Places to Eat on America’s Long Distance Trails

Food represents the most regularly anticipated and most commonly fantasized about subject that occupies a long distance hiker’s mind. Yep, even more than that other one. That being the case, it stands to reason that no matter whether you are … Continue reading

12 Long Walks Overview Map

July 2, 2011 to December 28, 2012……………..14,302 miles, 29 states, 4 provinces, 28 pairs of shoes…………..I originally planned on having the 12 Long Walks overview map ready in June……………2011……………timing never was my strong suit. Big thanks to Brian “Beardoh” Ristola … Continue reading

PCT Alumni Hike the White Mountains

I recently spent a fantastic few weeks in New Hampshire. In addition to the presentations for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), I had the opportunity to do some hiking with fellow Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) alumni Nancy “Why Not” Huber and … Continue reading

Pinkham Notch & Mount Washington

On August 4 and 5 I did a couple of presentations for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) at Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. Both talks, the 12 Long Walks and Going Lighter without Compromising Safety were well received………………at the very least no … Continue reading