Steven

I have a wide range of experience in the strangest of fields, including extensive work in historic sites and museums. My writing focuses mainly on shorter trails, recurring series on specialized topics, and atypical gear reviews. Having grown up in the back-country of New England, I prefer cold mountains to hot swamps.

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Atypical Gear Review: Hults Bruk Kisa Axe

Atypical Gear Review: Hults Bruk Kisa Axe

You're at a shelter in the middle of nowhere, and a wind-storm hits, knocking trees across your path. Don't those trees know people are trying to get

Nov 23, 2017 : Steven
Thru Hiking as the modern Pilgrimage

Thru Hiking as the modern Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Parallels And Thru Hiking There are a lot of parallels between the ancient traditions of pilgrimage and Thru-Hiking, for good reason:

Nov 22, 2017 : Steven
Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate (Part II)

Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate (Part II)

Invalid Lists and Sick Call: Forced home by illness Hiking while sick is horrible. I’ve done it, and I don’t look forward to doing it again. I can

Jul 28, 2017 : Steven
Trail Casualties: Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate (Part I)

Trail Casualties: Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate (Part I)

It's a known fact that the majority of people who set out to take on a thru-hike won't finish. Despite this, defeat and injury are two important

Jul 19, 2017 : Steven
Tall Tales On The Trails: The Variegated Vermont Vampire Cow.

Tall Tales On The Trails: The Variegated Vermont Vampire Cow.

Tall Tales of Vermont’s Long Trail: The Variegated Vermont Vampire Cow.   The first time I heard this story was at Tinmouth Pond, Vermont.

Jul 15, 2017 : Steven
Tall Tales of the Trails: Tall Tales and Society.

Tall Tales of the Trails: Tall Tales and Society.

Tall Tales and Society: The Social Role of Stories and oral traditions. Now that we’ve seen not only heal the scars of trauma from all walks of

Jul 1, 2017 : Steven
Tall Tales on the Trails: The Legend of the BearCat on the PCT.

Tall Tales on the Trails: The Legend of the BearCat on the PCT.

Tall Tales of the PCT: The Legend of the BearCat. The BearCat is certainly a tall tale. You can read the story

Jun 15, 2017 : Steven
Tall Tales of the Trails: Origins of the Tall Tale Tradition.

Tall Tales of the Trails: Origins of the Tall Tale Tradition.

Origins of the Tall Tale Tradition. The elements of a Tall Tale are exaggeration and a huge scale, normally told in good nature. These short stories

Jun 1, 2017 : Steven
Hiker Introduction: Levrier

Hiker Introduction: Levrier

Hello all, It seems we're supposed to introduce ourselves to the general audience, so as you read of our quests, you actually know something about

Apr 29, 2017 : Steven
Your socks are your best friends. Know how to care for and feed them.

Your socks are your best friends. Know how to care for and feed them.

INTRODUCTION: These are the socks you will have if you take care of them. See? They're happy, like your feet! Do you really want to hike without

Apr 29, 2017 : Steven