This year's "charity" hike will take on a different form. I'm not fundraising per-mile, I'm trying to spread a little hope and, at the same time, complete my first long-distance thruhike. I've hiked the Ocean to Lake Trail (63 miles), but this year I'm hiking America's original long distance hiking trail: The Long Trail in … Continue reading 2021 Charity Hike: 40lbs of Hope
We discover animals, swim in the spring, find friends and avoid an incoming hurricane as I complete the Suwannee section of the Florida Trail during this hike with my Dad along the historic Suwannee River.
If you're looking for a quilt that won't break the bank and you don't expect cold temperatures (sub 40° F / 5° C ), this Aegismax Wind Hard quilt is an excellent choice. Pros AffordableLightweightWell constructedAccurate temp ratingSimple to use for sleepingStuff sack/ hang bag included Cons No instructions providedComplicated to "wear" Stock photo, but … Continue reading Gear Review: AegisMax Wind Hard Quilt
My Florida Trail gear list equipped me to thru-hike the 63 mile Ocean to Lake trail and backpack a large section of the Florida Trail as a Granite Gear Grounds Keeper this year packing out over 50lbs of trash. I hiked through miles of water this year and was able to really enjoy the experience … Continue reading Florida Trail Gear List
My home state of Florida hosts one of our nation’s 11 national scenic trails: The Florida National Scenic Trail. The Florida Trail or “FT” is 1300+ miles of trail and runs from Big Cypress Preserve in south Florida to Fort Pickens just south of Pensacola, FL. SECTION HIKING THE FT: Ocala National Forest It's late … Continue reading Florida Trail: Juniper Prairie Wilderness
It's "National Read an eBook Week" so I answered it's call in true backpacker fashion: Find the best eBooks for hikers. Discover some prime books for hikers to enjoy on and off the trail.
Get a first look at the gear I'll be carrying as a Granite Gear Grounds Keeper. I'll be taking Leave No Trace ethics to the next level by picking up and packing out as much trash as possible while hiking Florida's scenic trails.
Disappearing creeks, fields full of butterflies, waterfalls and more can be found in my latest hike along the Suwannee section of the Florida Trail. I also discovered I can sleep through a firework barrage.
Have gear advice questions? Ask them. Here's a small, helpful article on gear selection for beginner backpackers and hikers.
The answer to one of the most common questions a hiker will hear may be one of your biggest strengths. Read my answer to the "Why?" question every long distance hiker will have to ponder.