If you have been looking for info about the Long Trail, how and where to resupply, what food to take, what gear to take, etc..for a thru-hike or section hike, this site is built for you.
In a nutshell, I am aiming to create a site that was more comprehensive than what I was finding online. When preparing for my hike, I found some blogs that had information on them about the particular thru-hike of that individual…those were very helpful. With this site, I am hoping to take things a step further.
I was fortunate to have hiked the lower portion of the trail that coincides with the Appalachian Trail (the southern ~100 miles) just two years before my hike of the Long Trail, so I had some familiarity with that section. In addition, I hiked with a friend who had hiked the Long Trail a few years prior (Thanks Phenix!).
One could argue that the information that is needed to do a thru-hike or section-hike of a long trail can be found in a guidebook for any particular trail. I guess I see books and a resource website like this as having complimentary roles. Official (or unofficial) guidebooks help and I definitely recommend getting them (click here to go to The Green Mountain Club site to purchase), but info about different styles of hiking, preparation (body, food, and otherwise), resupply/accommodation commentary and personal experiences are often beyond the scope of guidebooks.
So that is my goal, to provide a different and complete resource. To a great degree, this site has a lot of personal anecdotes from my experiences on the trail, hopefully those thoughts and reflections will help you plan for your hike, give you some tools/references and prepare you to have a successful and enjoyable hike. This will be a living resource and will be updated as I learn of changes as well as when additional information is requested. Keep in mind, it is just a perspective, there are a lot of approaches to a successful hiking experience on the LT.
If you have something that you’d like to see written about, please write to me from the contact page.
AT 2011, PCT 2012, LT 2013, WT 2013, TRT 2014, JMT 2014, WT 2014, AZT 2015, PCT 2016
ALSO-> Check out the site Long Distance Hiker (longdistancehiker.com), where my wife (SweetPea) and I have all of our long distance journeys chronicled, along with articles and interviews with other folks in the long distance hiking community.