Author: mountainmanpioneer

The End: And That’s How You Finish The Goddamn CDT

I’m holding back tears sitting in the airport writing this up as I wait for my flight. Thinking about how to finish. Thinking over the past few days draws me to the past few months and the past few years. So much has been experienced. Saying goodbye to family found while ready for so much rest. Here’s the process as it comes to the end.
Day 144
Woke up in East Glacier and packed up. Went to the East Glacier Lodge for the last breakfast buffet on trail. ...

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TGO Challenge: Route Planning Tips for Backpacking Across Scotland

The TGO Challenge is an annual backpacking event that lasts for 15 days and involves backpacking coast to coast across Scotland, a distance of 180-200 miles. It’s been held for 40 years and is organized by The Great Outdoors Magazine which is a UK publication popular with hardcore hikers and backpackers across the pond. Thanks …

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Tofu Stir Fry

I am sharing one of my very favorite kinds of recipes today! It’s a clean-out-the-fridge, even-if you-can’t- cook-you-can-cook-this, HELP-me-so-hungry, easy, healthy dinner: Tofu Stir Fry! You can use any kind of vegetables you like, the “sauce” is only two ingredients, and the entire shebang is ready in less than 30. This easy tofu stir fry […]

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Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: September 12 – September 18

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you’ve added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to be celebrated. We’ll do our part by showcasing finishers throughout the season. This post contains finishers whose photos were received by September 18. 
Whether you’re NOBO, SOBO, flip-flopping, or completing your thru-hike after years of section hiking, we want to feature you. Send your finish photo along with trail name, ...

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Congrats to These 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: September 12 – September 18

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you’ve added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to be celebrated. We’ll do our part by showcasing finishers throughout the season. This post contains finishers whose photos were received by September 18th.
Whether you’re NOBO, SOBO, flip-flopping, or completing your thru-hike after years of section hiking, we want to feature you. Send your finish photo along with trail name, ...

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The Thru-Hiker Metamorphosis, Part 2: Mind

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Aspiring thru-hikers take to the trails for a variety of reasons.
For some, a long-distance hike is a physical challenge unlike any other; out-of-shape hikers seek to drop pounds and gain some semblance of athleticism outside traditionally stale and stark fitness center interiors. Others see thru-hiking as a natural reset for the mania of “normal” life.
Whatever the reason may be, all aspiring thru-hikers see the trail as finite, with an established beginning and end. ...

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House Committee Demands “Some Damn Data” Over Clean-Water, Coal-Ash Rollbacks

The Environmental Protection Agency needs “some damn data” before it issues a proposal. That’s what Congressman Peter DeFazio, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told Dave Ross, the assistant administrator for the E.P.A.’s Office of Water, in a wide-ranging hearing on capitol hill today. The discussion centered on the Trump administration’s ongoing […]

Trials of the High Sierra in a High Snow Year

As most who have been keeping up with the PCT this year know, it’s been a heavy precipitation year for California. This also meant a very high snow year (188% of what is normal with some elevations getting as much as 55 feet) in the High Sierra, which increased the level of difficulty in navigating an already notoriously challenging section of trail. I won’t try to make any objective statements about the section, but I will try to accurately describe what it was like for me (a first time thru-hiker with little to no snow-hiking experience). ...

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