Backpacking


Softer, older, rounder (The mountains are calling)

Softer, older, rounder (The mountains are calling)

I can still smell the hot pine tree needles of those evergreen forests, and recall the roadside tourist attractions which we mostly drove by. They fascinated me because we didn't have tourist stops in our prairie town, except for the local museum of old cars and farm machinery. I associated the mountains with summer vacation. It wasn't a place you lived, despite the obvious evidence of locals, it was a place you visited.

A September review (in short)

A September review (in short)

September was a whirlwind of activity and then for a solid week at the end of the month I stepped out of it all to walk in the woods and climb mountains, in sunshine and rain, with my best friend and life partner.

Winter is my country (but then there's March) ~ Part two

Winter is my country (but then there's March) ~ Part two

By the end of February I was feeling a whole lotta cranky. And then it came to me, while I was out in the woods for Laurent's birthday. I needed a solo backcountry ski trip in March.

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.