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Refelections on my Long Trail End-to-End Hike

Last weekend, I finished the 8th and final section of my 270 mile End-to-End hike of the Long Trail, in Vermont. Of those 270 miles, I hiked about 230 miles by myself, beginning on May 23rd and ending on October 12th, 2008. Long Trail Southern Terminus to Rt 9. Northbound: …

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Long Trail Gear List: Section Six

Here’s the gear list for my last major section hike of The Long Trail, a 4-day, 50 mile backpack from Johnson, VT to the Canadian Border. This gear list weighs a bit more than those from my late spring and summer hikes because the weather up north is getting a …

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Long Trail Hiker Shuttles

Finding reliable shuttles has probably been the biggest planning challenge I've had as a solo section hiker on the Long Trail. Public transportation in rural Vermont is virtually non-existent and so my strategy has been to find taxi services that are familiar with the Long Trail trail heads and are …

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Gear List: Long Trail Section Two

I made a lot of changes to my gear list on my last Long Trail section hike from Clarendon Gorge to Bromley Mountain, particularly around my sleep system, changing from a hammock to a tarp tent. Despite some condensation issues with the tent in high humidity conditions, I'm going to …

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My Long Trail Black Fly Defense Strategy

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Black flies are prevalent on the Long Trail in Vermont from spring through mid-summer. I’m going to be backpacking then and I’ve been devising some strategies to reduce the annoyance and health risk they pose. My first line of defense is gong to be clothing. Although I hate hiking in …

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