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 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. His latest journey was a thruhike of the 2652+ mile long Pacific Crest Trail. Reports on his other travels, mostly in New England, are at https://smokebeard.wordpress.com

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Book Six, Chapter Six – Five Days of the Smokebeard

Book Six, Chapter Six – Five Days of the Smokebeard

(With apologies to Redford and von Sydow) Sept. 12 We left Harlequin Bridge around 7, and got to High Bridge by 9:30. Seventh national

Sep 18, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter Five – Freakin’ Stehekin

Book Six, Chapter Five – Freakin’ Stehekin

Short post, more words than pics this time. There's really only so many pictures you can take in one day. But it's time for some contemplation and a

Sep 18, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter Four – The Top of the Ninth

Book Six, Chapter Four – The Top of the Ninth

I've been trying to decide of there's an appropriate metaphor for hiking the PCT. Maybe a baseball game? Announcer Joe: A haggard-looking

Sep 17, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter Three – A Place Called Snoqualmie

Book Six, Chapter Three – A Place Called Snoqualmie

Terse post, not much quality time, power and Wi-Fi at the same time. Aug. 28 - 9.6 Escaping White Pass was another tricky move. Food, showers,

Sep 2, 2018 : Smokebeard
Top Ten Signs You Might be in Washington

Top Ten Signs You Might be in Washington

If, one morning you're hiking in the cold fog along a ridgeline with no view, and/or it's September, you just might be in Washington. Consult this

Sep 2, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter Two: The Shortest Distance Can’t be a Straight Line

Book Six, Chapter Two: The Shortest Distance Can’t be a Straight Line

It was a very hard to leave Trout Lake today. The sun was shining, there was a breeze, the weather was nice, and there was plenty of good food and

Aug 28, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter One – Fire on the Mountain

Book Six, Chapter One – Fire on the Mountain

Leaving Cascade Locks. Another Ent. "Ah, young Master Smokebeard. I'm glad you've come. Hooom." Don't do this. If you're leaving trail magic,

Aug 24, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Five, Chapter Three – Up to the Timberline

Book Five, Chapter Three – Up to the Timberline

Aug. 12: Seven Miles Left Sisters at 4:30 and was hiking by 5. I accidentally packed out a roll of packing tape, which I discovered when I got to

Aug 19, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Five, Chapter Two: Land of Lakes, Lakes of Lava

Book Five, Chapter Two: Land of Lakes, Lakes of Lava

Last night I left Shelter Cove Resort after finally getting my UPS package. I made a pretty good pace uphill to the lake, despite having seven days

Aug 12, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Five, Chapter One: Out of Ashland, into Ash Land

Book Five, Chapter One: Out of Ashland, into Ash Land

Taking 48 hours off in Ashland was a great idea. However, my feet already hurt again despite the rest and new shoes, but the half day today to a

Aug 12, 2018 : Smokebeard