Smokebeard

Ed has hiked the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, across Scotland on the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and most recently, the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. Knocked off the PCT by a broken foot last year at mile 369, he's back for a 2nd round. When he's not writing about his PCT travels, he's writing about his other travels at https://smokebeard.wordpress.com

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Book Four, Chapter Two – Just a short walk to Belden Town

Book Four, Chapter Two – Just a short walk to Belden Town

Frying on the way out of Sierra City As those of you who follow my Instagram account Running the (poison oak) gauntlet I ran into a Forest

Jul 3, 2018 : Smokebeard
Top 10 signs you’re in NorCal

Top 10 signs you’re in NorCal

One day, July somehow happened. The fourth calendar month I've been out here. I looked around and realized this was new trail. If, like me, you feel

Jul 3, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Four, Chapter One – to Sierra City

Book Four, Chapter One – to Sierra City

Just a twelve mile stroll How does that old song go? What a difference a day makes? I woke up at the hostel, gorged myself at the Driftwood Cafe,

Jun 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter Four – South Lake Tahoe and Beyond

Book Three, Chapter Four – South Lake Tahoe and Beyond

This final chapter of Book Three will be pretty short. From Kennedy Meadows North to South Lake Tahoe is only 78 miles. How am I doing? I have been

Jun 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter Three – The End of Yosemite

Book Three, Chapter Three – The End of Yosemite

I am trying something new: a little bit of blog every night before bed. I feel like it works better, but might simply be more wordy. Comments

Jun 24, 2018 : Smokebeard
Fearmongering the Sierra

Fearmongering the Sierra

It can happen on any part of the PCT, about any part, really. Every year partway through the desert the discussion and dilemma begins. Will the

Jun 16, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter Two – Mammoth Mountains and Then Mammoth Lake

Book Three, Chapter Two – Mammoth Mountains and Then Mammoth Lake

The Bishop to Mammoth Lakes stretch is challenging for a whole host of reasons. Firstly, it's long, about 116 miles. Secondly, you go over a high

Jun 15, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Three, Chapter One – The High Road to Bishop

Book Three, Chapter One – The High Road to Bishop

After leaving Kennedy Meadows, despite some pretty crazy elevation, we still made good time except for logistical problems. Cow Creek Following the

Jun 5, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Two, Chapter Four: Leaving the Desert Behind

Book Two, Chapter Four: Leaving the Desert Behind

Everyone gets a well-earned round of applause from the hiker trash inhabiting the deck of the general store. Even at 9 a.m. After all, it's been 702

May 27, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Two, Chapter Three – Forty Days to Walker Pass

Book Two, Chapter Three – Forty Days to Walker Pass

The days are starting to blur a little. Its getting harder and harder to do these summaries without going back to my notes. Not sure if that's a good

May 24, 2018 : Smokebeard