Trip Reports

Sachem Peak and the Smarts Brook Trail

Sachem Peak is a trailless mountain on the Acteon Ridge near Sandwich Dome

Sachem Peak is a trailless mountain near Sandwich Dome noted for its rocky visage and open summit ledges. Located on Acteon Ridge just below Jennings Peak, it’s a moderately easy bushwhack from the Smarts Brook Trail which climbs Sandwich Dome from the west. …

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AMC Hut Crew Packboards

AMC Galehead Hut Croo with Packboards

When I was hiking up to Galehead Hut and South Twin Mountain over the weekend, I ran into two members of the AMC Galehead Hut Crew (traditionally spelled “Croo”) who were packing out garbage and returning with a load of fresh food …

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10 Frugal Thru-Hiking Tips

Appalachian Trail - 2000 Mile Mark in Maine

Taking time to hike the Appalachian Trail can be expensive if you don’t spend your money wisely. Here are a few tips to keep your costs to a minimum without going primal. Being a frugal thru-hiker or section hiker can halve the estimated …

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Appalachian Trail Cell Phone Guide

Powermonkey Extreme charging an Android Phone in camp

Cell phones have become a ubiquitous sight in the Appalachian Trail and for good reason. Cell phone service is pretty good along most of the trail, provided your phone is on the Verizon Network or serviced by a discount network like StraightTalk. (StraightTalk …

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