Friday, December 13, 2013
Carey Kish of Bowdoin has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. A Registered Maine Guide and editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th edition), Carey has penned a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003.
One should expect a lot of challenges over the course of a six-month backpacking journey, yes. But on the 3,200-mile long Continental Divide Trail, challenge takes on a whole new meaning.
Just ask Tom Jamrog of Lincolnville, who recently completed this epic six-month hike from Mexico to Canada through four states along the sinuous spine of the Rocky Mountains. With the AT and the PCT already under his hip belt, Jamrog has now joined a rather elite group of hikers who have achieved this Triple Crown feat.
I caught up with Tom several weeks ago at his program on the CDT hike up there in his mid-coast home town. Along with a room full of others I sat and listened to Tom talk about this amazing adventure, watched his slides, and then listened even more as he answered a host of good questions.
All the while I took pages of notes, hoping to capture the essence of this big walk. What follows are those notes in long hand, so to speak, and a continuation of my recent blog post on Tom’s CDT trek.
What’s not to love about the Appalachian Trail, the venerable 2,180-mile pathway through the woods and mountains from Georgia to the summit of Katahdin, a hiking trail that not only connects 14 states but untold numbers of hikers and backpackers and the hearts and minds of people of all stripes around the U.S. and the world.
So when the catalog for the Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store showed up in the mail the other day, well, I got pretty excited, it being Christmastime and all, and the catalog being chock full of everything AT-related one could possibly want.
Even better, all sale proceeds go to supporting the preservation and promotion of the Appalachian Trail, a most worthy cause amongst us outdoor lovers. Surely you or someone or ten people you know and love need some cool AT merchandise, right? Absolutely!
Are you a three-season hiker and camper who would like to expand your skill set to tackle the great outdoors in the winter months? Excellent! Got just the thing for you.
Two highly experience winter trip leaders will instruct participants in proper clothing selection and cold weather gear; travel on snow by foot, skis, and showshoes; and how to stay warm and dry out there when the weather is biting cold.
The workshop is a day-long affair, with the morning spent indoors going over all of the above plus some, then a pot luck lunch, and then the afternoon outside practicing what you've learned.
Last Sunday I posted here about a hiking trip in Topsham along the Cathance River, where my wife and I came upon an eddy chock full of ice disks or ice pancakes.
Pretty cool, weren't they?! And pretty darn rare too.
Well, if you think those ice pancakes were quite the phenomenon, check out this huge ice disk found spinning about in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota.
It's 55 feet around according to the NBC story. Although I must say, looiking at the photo, I wonder if they meant 55 feet across. In any case, the thing is big.
Is your car ready for the winter driving season? Ready to take on what the Maine winter will no doubt dish out, from snow and sleet, freezing rain and ice to those subzero days and nights with the wind just a cranking.
Yep, those winter days.
Getting back and forth to work is one thing, when a breakdown is a mere inconvenience. What’s a little less time at the office behind the desk after all, right?
But I’m talking about those all-important hours on the road, the back and forth driving to the mountains and the ski areas, when you’ve just got to get there no matter what!