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  • The GMC has been producing the Long Trail Guide Book since 1917, and this year for the 100th anniversary, they will be releasing the 28th edition, which will include a retrospective by Long Trail history writer Reidun D. Nuquist. The guide is very helpful whether you are day, section, or thru hiking the Long Trail. Pre-ordering […]

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  • Jounrey’s End, Vermont – 8/24/15, 10 PM String Bean put his sights on the unsupported Long Trail Speed Record On Tuesday, August 25th at approximately 3 A.M., Joe “String Bean” McConaughy” will attempt to break Travis Wildeboar’s unsupported fastest known time (FKT) of six days, seventeen hours and twenty-five minutes and set a new Long […]

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  • I am writing this some time after the Long Trail hike. Despite some cooler temps and some uncomfortable moments in those cooler temps early on in the hike, it was really an enjoyable trip.  We had a good variety throughout..some warmth, some cold….some solitary times walking, some good hangout time with other hikers at the Green […]

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  • Got a good early start today.  Expected to see AT and LT hikers coming from the Seth Warner shelter.  Oddly, we saw no hikers until we were almost out to the road.  Decent walking, but muddy and had the boulder field to come down near the border…after the boulder field, it was real cruizy.  Saw […]

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  • Great night of sleep at our campsite last night. Good temps. Got a reasonable start out today. Saw lots of LT and AT hikers on the trail. Both section hikers and Thru Hikers. It seems that so many of them were 60 years old or more…several that started the AT early in the season (February) as […]

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  • Good night sleep at the hostel. Phoenix made us some great omelets using food left by hikers in the fridge. Then, Jeff (owner of the Green Mtn Hostel) brought use to the trail a little after eight and we were on our way. Beautiful weather with several stops at over looks of the valley near Manchester […]

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  • Woke up to a wet morning…though not raining. Slugs we’re everywhere. My pack, on the straps of hammock suspension, in my shoes. It was funny, they look like moving gummy worms. Phenix and I were on the trail by 6:30. We hiked briskly for the day and made good time while still taking decent breaks. […]

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  • Had a good night sleep at the Inn followed by a good breakfast. I had forgotten how a breakfast in town will make for a late start of hiking. It was about 9 when we got on the trail. Beginning of the day was a long steady walk up Killington. Good trail for the most […]

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  • Early start had us out by 6:30. Rain had stopped early in the am. W moved briskly for most of the hiking day. We had the Inn at The Long Trail in our sites and wanted to make it there in the afternoon. The trail was fairly easy though pretty soaked. Didn’t have any views […]

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  • Rained all night. Stayed dry and warm in the little lodge that we were staying in. Had a leak in the middle of the night in the platform above me and it was splattering on me, but I remedied it by putting a broom at the drip spot. It was hard to get moving in […]

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  • Beautiful sunrise to start the day. Really nice day of walking. Had some sun and moderate temps for most of the day and the trail even began to dry out some. Walked a ridge which connected several peaks. Beginning near Smuggler’s Notch resort and continuing through Sugarbush. Had some nice places to take breaks on the […]

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  • Good night sleep in the shelter last night. Was able to get a good hang inside. Started out a bit after 6am which was decent. Saw several day hikers and a few thruhikers.. Camelback was a strenuous climb and there were several fairly aggressive climbs during the day…and didn’t get much for views unfortunately.  As we […]

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  • Late start to the day…we were slow getting out in the cold. Had a long downhill to the road at Jonesville which was most of the day. Temps warmed up through out the day and by the end I was actually sweating in my wind shirt. We met 2 girls at a shelter who were […]

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  • Last nights sleep was OK…definitely missed the hammock…but the cushion was much better than a hard floor. We got a later start as we were pretty pooped from the day before and with it rainy and windy out on the summit it was hard to get the nerve to head out. Trail had turned to […]

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  • Cold rainy day in the mountains today. I turned on my phone to see if I had service and got signal long enough for the weather at home in NH to refresh and show 70 degrees with sun. We were in a mist and rain for most of the day and had a couple steep […]

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  • Wildlife sightings before I left my hammock. Around 5 o’clock I woke up to some footsteps in the distance brush. It was a bull moose! The first one that i have seen while hiking a long trail. He was about 75 yards away. I think that he saw me as he looked in my direction […]

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  • Good start to the trip. Sweet Pea brought us (Phenix and I) up to the northern terminus last night and all three of us hung in the trees next to journeys end road. Got rolling at 6 am to a cold and blustery day. Phoenix and I took each others photos at the border monument while […]

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