Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Decision to return to the Long Trail

In 2015, during my Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I naturally covered the southernmost 100 miles of the Long Trail as the LT and AT overlap for the first 100 miles northbound from Massachusetts.  When I saw the white blazes of the LT diverge northward at the Maine Junction near Killington last summer, I was not thinking very seriously that I wanted to walk that way.  There was still a lot of the AT to go.

It has been many months since I finished at Mt. Katahdin and frankly I have sorely missed the feeling of being out in the woods living the long distance hiker's daily routine.  So, I have decided to return to that spot and hike the rest of the Long Trail to the Canadian border.  It is about 170 miles more for me to do, and I plan on doing it in one push from July 25, 2016 to August 3, 2016.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Canadian Border - Nobo 274

This post is from October 11, 2016. The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:

Done!!!!  Made it to Canada by 2:20pm after a fairly cold 8am start ascending Jay    Peak. Today was a total of about 13 miles - still not easy and very easy to lose the trail with all the fallen leaves obscuring it.

This is the summit of Jay peak at 9am.

Jay peak, again:

Jay peak:

Northern Terminus of the LT:

The US/Canada border at the end of the LT.  Note the clear cut swath through the woods that is the actual border:

Journey's end trail head:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jay Pass - Route 242 - Nobo 261

This post is from October 10, 2016. The GPS data from today's hike can be found at:
Back on the trail at 12 noon today. Helen and I drove up to Loon last night after honk fest and continued this morning from Loon to Montgomery Center, Vermont. I then got back on the trail where I left it about 10 days ago, and did a quick  6.8 miles today from Hazens notch to Jay pass. It was chilly, high 30!s at 3000 feet. Hopefully I make it through a chilly mirning tomorrow to the Canadian border which is only 11 miles from where I left off today. we are sleeping tonight in the same bed and breakfast in Montgomery Center where I got off the trail about 10 days ago so it is a comfortable night here are some shots from today: