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Grandma Gatewood

The Real Grandma Gatewood

Grandma Gatewood is often cited at the first ultralight backpacker because she thru-hiked hiked the Appalachian Trail using a shower curtain as a shelter with only 12 pounds of gear. I doubt that’s the reason for her success. More than anything, she was a survivor, who’s story has lessons for us all. The real Grandma […]

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Appalachian Trail Railroad Stop

The Appalachian Trail Railroad Stop

When Benton Mackaye first proposed the Appalachian Trail (see An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning), he envisioned a place where urban workers could spend their free time outdoors in order to recuperate from the drudgery of factory life. However, if you read his seminal paper, he doesn’t explain how these workers and their […]

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Greenough Spring, 44.28919 N, 71.31794 W

Natural Water Sources in the Northern Presidential Range

Water is heavy and the last thing you want to do if you are climbing a peak in New Hampshire’s Northern Presidential Range or doing a Presidential Traverse is to carry extra drinking water. As it turns out, there are several spring-fed, above-treeline  water sources that you can resupply water from during your hike if […]

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The Osgood Trail (New Hampshire Appalachian Trail), White Mountains

Hiking on Tree Roots

Hiking in the Northeastern United States? Then you better get used to hiking on tree roots because we have a lot of trees! Seriously, hiking on tree roots can be quite a surprise if you’re not used to them. They get really slippery when wet and can easily snap a trekking pole if your tip […]

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Breaking Bad

Reader Poll: Breaking Bad on the Appalachian Trail?

I know this is distressing to contemplate, but there’s been some talk lately (in the Appalachian Long Distance Hiker’s Association Group on Facebook) about the increased use of Crystal methamphetamine and other hard drugs on the Appalachian Trail. Have you encountered thru-hikers or others using drugs and/or abusing alcohol on the Appalachian Trail, in trail […]

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The Horn - Above Treeline

Section Hike: Stratton to Rangeley on the Maine Appalachian Trail

The Maine Appalachian Trail is a tough, tough place to hike. There are lots of mountains and mud and rocks and roots, but the weather is just so unpredictable and nasty! I got a taste of that (again) when I backpacked from Stratton to Rangely for 4 nights and 3 days, last week. This is […]

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