Maximilian Armstrong

Maximilian "Bloodhound" Armstrong has a penchant for adventure. He's backpacked Canada, hitchhiked America, motorbiked Vietnam, and spent a winter in the Alaskan Arctic. His current expedition is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. GRRR!

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An Eerie Calm on the Eve of Florence

An Eerie Calm on the Eve of Florence

In the days leading up to Hurricane Florence the woods are saturated with an eerie sense of calm. Mist gathers into rain drops on the leaves, a

Sep 13, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
Recognizing Change: Reexamining the Rite of Passage

Recognizing Change: Reexamining the Rite of Passage

I first became entranced with the concept of the rite of passage shortly after receiving my Bachelor's degree. The diploma and the

Sep 4, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
My Six Most Treasured Pieces of Gear

My Six Most Treasured Pieces of Gear

A few weeks back my brother posed a very good question to me: "What do you think about all day?" Having just reached the 1,000-mile marker,

Aug 24, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
The Challenges and Benefits of Seeking Solitude on the Social Trail

The Challenges and Benefits of Seeking Solitude on the Social Trail

This friendship is a little different. You've hiked more miles together than days you've known each other, pushed through torrential downpours and

Jul 28, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
Zen and the Time-Honored Art of Hitchhiking

Zen and the Time-Honored Art of Hitchhiking

The thumb. It's the symbol of human ingenuity and adventure; a digit worth its weight in bus fare. The hitchhiker is an icon as quintessentially

Jul 21, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
The Notch: What to Expect in the “Most Difficult” Mile

The Notch: What to Expect in the “Most Difficult” Mile

Several minutes into the notch, I slip. My foot slides a few inches down the moss-slick rock before the tread of my shoe catches again, just

Jul 9, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong