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Harvard Ain’t So Hard

Sept 3-Sept 4, 2006 Mark and I go way back. Not exactly dawn-of-time back, but he was working at STScI while I was in grad school at JHU. We met at the climbing wall one night and, subsequently, he introduced … Continue reading

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A Much-Needed Spring Break in the Michaux State Forest

March 21-23, 2003 I have been cooped-up indoors through one of the snowiest winters in recent Maryland history and have been slaved to my computer for much of it writing my thesis. Well, the thesis is finally out of my … Continue reading

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Backpacking in Rocksylvania

Lehigh Gap-Delaware Water Gap, PA November 1-2, 2002 Continuing our tradition of marathon, off-season, weekend hikes on the Appalachian Trail, Mike and I met up at the Delaware Water Gap hiker parking lot at 9:45 on a sunny Friday morning. … Continue reading

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New York Appalachian Trail

April 4-10, 2002 <—-SOUTH Section Hike NORTH—-> Once again, Mike and I collaborated on an Appalachian Trail section hike. In December and February, we’d hiked the trail through New Jersey. The days were short, the trail long and our energy … Continue reading

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New Jersey AT, Part II

February 7-9, 2002 Several weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures and a rampant urban claustrophobia lead to their logical conclusion, namely Mike and I meeting up in the middle of the night in rural New York for another gonzo extended-weekend of … 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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Shenandoah III, Closure!

April 7-12, 2000 The Short Version Day 1: 4 miles — Rockfish Gap to a bivy with Amy on Bear Den Mountain under the stars. Day 2: 13 miles — Amy departs. Bear Den bivy to Blackrock Hut. Torrential downpours, … Continue reading

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AT: Harper’s Ferry to VA 7

January 8-9, 2000 The weather was exceptionally mild and I was itching to start the new millennium right. Furthermore, Amy had never been on a real backpacking trip before and was dying to try out her new sleeping bag and … Continue reading

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One More Hill of Consequence…

Virginia AT: Manassas to Snicker’s Gap Feb 13-15, 1999 It has been a long, long time. I haven’t been out solo backpacking since… gee, it has been a while, hasn’t it? It’s the middle of a particularly mild week in … 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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