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“Telemark” is Norwegian for “I Can’t Afford Real Skis”

“Free your heel and your mind will follow,” is what the telemarkers say.  Actually, they have many pithy sayings including “Randonee is French for ‘I can’t tele.‘”. The backcountry skiing bug has bitten me a lot more gradually than most … Continue reading

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This is New Jersey?!

40 miles of New Jersey Appalachian Trail November 30 – December 2, 2001 New Jersey! Your typical East-Coaster imagines freeways, suburbs of New York and Philly, corrupt politicians, skeevy rest areas, Atlantic City, Jimmy Hoffa and the Meadowlands. It was … Continue reading

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Summer on the Appalachian Trail

PenMar to US-30 (southernmost Pennsylvania) July 22-23, 2000 Gettysburg, PA, is an annoying, kitschy town. Well, that isn’t quite fair; it’s more all the tackiness and tourist trap acreage that surrounds this seat of American History. Perhaps had Abe Lincoln … Continue reading

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Maryland Appalachian Trail

Solo Backpack, May 22-25, 1998   Well, it’s spring and once again a young man’s mind turns to thoughts of thru-hiking the AT. However, being possessed of a job and school, such things are not in the cards this year. … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania: Where Boots Go To DIE!

April 26 – May 4, 2003 “Pennsylvania,” say AT thru-hikers, “is where boots go to die!” I’ve always assumed that this was because, after a thousand miles of hiking, they’d worn out their boots when they hit this innocent-looking state … Continue reading

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