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Mud, Sweat & Tears: The Long Trail 2013

12 Jul

It’s been a while!

There are many, many reasons why, but the biggest may be that we’ve been prepping for Hardtack’s Thru Hike of the Long Trail in Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. I’m happy(ish) to report, he’s deep in the mountains now!

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I’m also happy to report that I successfully completed the first 58 (or so) miles of the trail with him last week, July 2-6..so today’s hike profile will cover my stint as a Long Trail section hiker!

To begin at the beginning…

DAY 1

We started our journey with an early morning run to Stop & Shop to A) dump the change HT had been saving as his Trail Fund in the CoinStar machine; and B) grab some last minute fresh food (wax-coated extra sharp VT cheddar and apples).

Then we drove to Enfield, CT to drop the Duchess off at her country retreat (aka grandmother’s house) for the duration of HT’s hike. HT’s mom graciously drove us to the (rough around the edges) Springfield, MA bus station, where we caught a bus to Williamstown, MA, where the LT (sort of) begins.

We jumped off the bus somewhere near the middle of town and navigated to a coffee shop and hippie sandwich joint based on HT’s memories of the town from traveling through in his hockey coaching days. We packed a sandwich for our first night’s dinner, charged up our phones and walked….2+ miles…to the trailhead (talk about an annoying 2 miles).

Note: The trailhead was not the beginning of the Long Trail, as we were actually still in Massachusetts. We proceeded to hike the Cobble Hill Trail to take us to the Long Trail. We didn’t even BEGIN hiking until 5pm on Tuesday night. Hardcore, right?

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And of course, the SECOND we stepped foot into the woods, the skies opened up and the downpour didn’t stop until we reached the…

Seth Warner Shelter (the first on the LT, NOBO/northbound) where we pitched camp and attempted to dry off before scarfing down sandwiches and passing out.

DAY 2

Next morning, we picked slugs out of our soaking shoes, put our wet trail clothes back on and suited up for another day of anticipated rain. The rain held off but the mud more than made up for it. Continue reading

The backpacker’s porn loophole.

9 Feb

As Ruxin found the Sports Bra Bounce Test porn loophole on the League (he’s not allowed porn in the house by his wife, but thinks this an appropriate cheat), I have found the backpacker’s porn loophole. 

Have you met Cindy?

Holy guacamole. I’m a lady and I couldn’t tell ya now how to shower in the woods. Yeah, I got distracted.  The funniest part to me is this lady actually knows the outdoors. She might just be the real Backwoods Barbie. She and her husband Mike spend a lot of time outside and have a series of Hiking/Backpacking Tips videos (and lots of other crazy series) on their YouTube channel. I gotta say, How to Stay Clean is still the most, ahem, “informative”.

If your hiking partner suddenly subscribes to SoulSurvivorX2, just know they may be “learning” more than you think. But who can complain…sudden acquisition of outdoor skills helps us all on that dusty trail, whoever the teacher.

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