Paul Monsen

Free spirited, fun loving prankster going for a long walk. I’ve been dreaming about this for longer than I can remember, and I am completely stoked! I’m looking forward to burning up 5,000 calories per day including all the snickers I can eat. I’ve always wanted to sleep under a bridge, and I look forward to being homeless for a few months.

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Days Hiking with In-Laws, and Their Perspective

Days Hiking with In-Laws, and Their Perspective

I currently don't have a lot of time to write an update on my recent shenanigans, but I promise there's more to come soon. Luckily, my brother-in-law

Nov 27, 2018 : Paul Monsen
Confessions of the Stay-at-Home Hiker

Confessions of the Stay-at-Home Hiker

(Guest blog appearance from my wife, Sue.) Yep, I’m the one at home. I’m the one who watched Mr Maps read The Trek on his phone while still lying

Nov 17, 2018 : Paul Monsen
Putting Up Bigger Miles in Virginia

Putting Up Bigger Miles in Virginia

I have now hiked over 1,300 miles and I’ve made it through PA, MD, WV, and I’m well into Virginia. I’ve lost track of how many bears I’ve seen, but

Nov 4, 2018 : Paul Monsen
What a Long, Strange Trek It’s Been (NY, NJ, and PA)

What a Long, Strange Trek It’s Been (NY, NJ, and PA)

Every day has been an adventure since I returned to the trail after my surgery. I’ve now hiked over 1,000 miles, and the trail continues to surprise

Oct 14, 2018 : Paul Monsen
100-Mile Wilderness, Katahdin, and a Detour

100-Mile Wilderness, Katahdin, and a Detour

It’s been a wild ride since I last updated you guys. I finished Maine, summited Mount Katahdin, made my way back to where I started in Connecticut,

Sep 18, 2018 : Paul Monsen
Finding My Trail Legs, Just in Time for the Whites

Finding My Trail Legs, Just in Time for the Whites

So much has happened since I last wrote. I’m in Caratunk, ME, and I’ve hiked over 550 miles. The honeymoon period has ended but every day is still a

Aug 18, 2018 : Paul Monsen
NH High Points: Omelette Man and Franconia Ridge

NH High Points: Omelette Man and Franconia Ridge

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since Kaya left. It took some getting used to being on my own. I will admit I was feeling a bit lonely at

Jul 23, 2018 : Paul Monsen
The People We Met During My 230-Mile LASH

The People We Met During My 230-Mile LASH

“My dad is doing a flip-flop thru-hike, and I’m out for the first month with him.” This was the way I introduced myself to nearly everyone on the

Jul 2, 2018 : Paul Monsen
Heat, and Running Low on Food in Southern Vermont

Heat, and Running Low on Food in Southern Vermont

We made it through Manchester Center, VT.   Kaya and I have hiked over 180 miles so far and I’m feeling good. My Achilles issues

Jun 25, 2018 : Paul Monsen
Great Barrington to Dalton, Mass.: Legendary Trail Angels

Great Barrington to Dalton, Mass.: Legendary Trail Angels

There are so many people along the trail eager to offer help it’s truly uplifting. In this last stretch we experienced a variety of trail magic from

Jun 16, 2018 : Paul Monsen