Backpacking


Yes to more long distance backpacking, on my terms

Yes to more long distance backpacking, on my terms

Damien and I will do more backpacking trips, I'm positive of this. And after this experience I expect to enjoy myself when we go backpacking.

Backpacking as Vacation

Backpacking as Vacation

The question I had been asking myself before this trip was: Do I love this? Is this really something I want to do or do I only do it because Damien loves it?

A return to Long Distance Hiking/Backpacking

A return to Long Distance Hiking/Backpacking

My section hike of the Vermont Long Trail was nothing like our thru-hike. It was exactly what I needed to remember why I fell in love with backpacking to begin with.

After the Appalachian Trail will I ever do long distance backpacking again?

After the Appalachian Trail will I ever do long distance backpacking again?

In the four years since we finished the AT I've done two short backpacking trips. Those were great experiences but I wasn't convinced after either of them that any longer distances were in my future.

Within the realm of possibility

Within the realm of possibility

We live in a fallen world, not a fairy tale. The potential for great evil resides in every one of us. I am increasingly aware of this the older I get. Every chance we take carries a risk, the possibility of loss.

Home Again

Home Again

We're home again from our brief, one night hiking trip on the IAT in New Brunswick. Québec charges backpackers a fee to hike the Québec portion of The International Appalachian Trail or Sentier international des Appalaches. These fees are modest (though still high in my estimation) for a single backpacker. ...

I Should Be Grateful (and I am)

I Should Be Grateful (and I am)

Our family went on an overnighter backpacking trip this weekend. The kids did amazing (we all did!) The trail was relatively flat, no elevation gains or losses to speak of compared to mountain hiking, so we trucked an amazing 18 miles in 2 days. 18 miles! With packs! In the ...