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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Comfort Items – Take an Ounce, Leave an Ounce

Comfort Items – Take an Ounce, Leave an Ounce

As I mentioned before, I'm at the final kitchen-sink phase of packing for the hike.   The last few bits and extra things that might come in handy;

Apr 10, 2018 : Smokebeard
PCT Minus Ten – Last-Minute Planning

PCT Minus Ten – Last-Minute Planning

I'm counting down to the day before the day before I leave; it's the last day that I can actually  do  anything.  After months of hurry-up-and-wait,

Apr 3, 2018 : Smokebeard
LNT Principle Three: Dispose of Waste Properly

LNT Principle Three: Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack It in, Pack It Out All of the Leave No Trace principles are geared around a common theme, preserving the wildness of the outdoors.   Depending

Mar 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
13 Pounds Between Me and the Elements – A PCT Thru-Hike Gear List

13 Pounds Between Me and the Elements – A PCT Thru-Hike Gear List

I have a few purchases left to make, but right now my gear list is pretty solid. Pack weight is at 13 pounds, and that includes a one-pound fudge

Feb 28, 2018 : Smokebeard
When Going Ultralight, Be Ultrawise With Your Choices

When Going Ultralight, Be Ultrawise With Your Choices

If you're a hiker, and you ever use the internet, you know there's a lot of discussion about reducing pack weight.  One phrase I hear a lot is "how

Feb 20, 2018 : Smokebeard
Gear Review: ENGO blister prevention patch

Gear Review: ENGO blister prevention patch

After I wrote  I get blisters in 2 places - between my toes and the balls of my feet, and along the outside of my heels.   The heel problem I

Feb 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
Old Guy Music: Hiking Tunes from my PCT Jukebox

Old Guy Music: Hiking Tunes from my PCT Jukebox

I don't listen to music while I hike, for a few practical reasons.  I don't want to use the battery on my phone, I don't want to deal with sweaty

Feb 10, 2018 : Smokebeard
Foot Care on the Trail: One Man’s Battle with His Feet

Foot Care on the Trail: One Man’s Battle with His Feet

Warning: there are some potentially scary and gross pictures of my previous foot injuries in this article. Other warning: I am not a

Jan 30, 2018 : Smokebeard
Rhode Island North South Trail: 78 Miles From the Atlantic Ocean to Massachusetts

Rhode Island North South Trail: 78 Miles From the Atlantic Ocean to Massachusetts

Basic Info Length: 78+ miles Location: Rhode Island, USA Trail Type: End-to-end Time to thru-hike: Allow about five days Scenery: The trail runs

Jan 23, 2018 : Smokebeard
Because I Choose To: Why I Am Hiking The PCT

Because I Choose To: Why I Am Hiking The PCT

When I tell people I'm off to California for six months to hike from Mexico to Canada, I invariably get one of two responses.   Half the people come

Jan 16, 2018 : Smokebeard