The last long climb

Day 53 Miles: 108 Mileage from start: 4,444.4 The breakfast at the lodge was hearty and lasting. Coffee. Cornmeal pancakes sprinkled with coconut shavings. Fake bacon that tasted awesome.  After slowly negotiating the gravel access road back down to route 118, we had a little more up to do before the long down hill into […]

Biking for the ice cream

Day 52  Miles: 44 Mileage from start: 4,336 I have been dreaming of a particular day ever since Washington state. It goes thusly: We leave the farm after a bit of a lie in and a big breakfast. We bike up the Connecticut River to NH route 25 C. Just before we start the climb […]

Now we’re early risers

Day 47 Miles: 125 Mileage from start: 4,099 We decided to give ourselves more time by getting up and out before 8 a.m. By 10, we’d covered 30 miles.  I remember when crossing from New Jersey to New York on the Appalachian Trail, I was surprised by how hilly New York was. All of a […]

Voting from the ice

The primary elections have come and gone in New Hampshire, my chosen state, but I was still able to participate and exercise my right to vote, even from Antarctica. While McMurdo is the United States, it is fairly common down here to feel out of the loop when it comes to news, pop culture and […]

Ice-ward, Ho!

Hi dear Readers! Sorry I dropped off the Internet for the last few months. Since the PCT, Richard flew off to Antarctica, I worked at Sweetland Farm, freelanced for the Valley News and enjoyed New Hampshire. Now, it’s my turn to fly to Antarctica. I leave the states tomorrow and should get to the ice […]

PCT Training: New Pack Test

When I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009, I carried an Osprey Talon 44 the whole way. I love that pack! I still use it, regularly. I have taken it around the world as my preferred bag on flights. It is durable, generally comfortable — as long as I don’t over-pack it — and has […]

Where’d you go, winter?

I recently moved from one of my favorite places on earth (New Hampshire) to Colorado (also nice). My intention was to spend the next couple of months skiing and prepping for a Pacific Crest Trail hike, all the while enjoying the snow-covered mountains outside of Denver. However, since leaving New Hampshire, it has snowed many […]