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Hiking AT in 5 sections


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Corona Virus and the Trail



Hiker Rescues and Fatalities



ALDHA Gathering 2021



To the Moon!



Pinned welcome to the cafe


Traffic Jam

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Traffic Jam

A place for jokes



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Help selecting a moderate difficulty 7 day section within New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts the first week of October



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Recent Activities


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    Last week, I took advantage of my proximity to Mount Washington to book a trip for Mrs. Tortoise and I on the Cog Railway. We picked a day with a clear forecast for the morning afternoon and drove the 90 minutes up to the Base Station.

    During the ride up, the brakeman in the passenger coach told the story of Sylvester Marsh and how he envisioned building the project to allow common folks to get to the summit. Because the land was on federal property, he had to appear before Congress to request a permit for the build and operation of the rail line. after the permit was approved, one of the skeptical politicians told Marsh "After you get to the summit of Mount Washington, why don't you just continue all the way to the moon!"

    On the ride down, the brakeman continued the story as we approached the AT track crossing. He told us that AT hikers honor the Cog Railway's "to the moon!" statement by mooning the train. I had of course heard of the AT hiker tradition, but I didn't realize…


  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…