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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One Month Later – Recovering from the PCT

One Month Later – Recovering from the PCT

If you're looking for another story of swashbuckling adventure, filled with daring pickup truck hitches, pictures of snowy peaks, and musings on the

Oct 16, 2018 : Smokebeard
Smokebeard’s Final PCT Gear List and Review

Smokebeard’s Final PCT Gear List and Review

A lot of people have asked me about gear---how many pairs of shoes did I go through, did my tent leak, how was my backpack, that sort of thing. 

Oct 10, 2018 : Smokebeard
Highlight Reel of Pictures from My 2018 PCT Thru-Hike

Highlight Reel of Pictures from My 2018 PCT Thru-Hike

I've put together an admittedly self-indulgent highlight reel of pictures from my hike.  My goal was to do one picture per day, but the video would

Oct 5, 2018 : Smokebeard
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