Hello everyone! I first want to apologize for the lengthy gap between updates. This is well overdue and lots has happened in the last month, so I wanted to update everyone before I get too far behind. I’m in a time crunch so this will be as direct as I can make it. All is GREAT and I really couldn’t ask for a better life right now.
What have you been up to?
What About Squatch’s Documentary?
is still out east hiking and filming. His goal is to have the
documentary done (which should include me, Jett Cat, and the Kallins) sometime in March. It will have a one time premiere
showing in a Portland theater that will be fun to go to and it will be
available, like his other films, to order on DVD or download. I will
keep everyone updated for when it comes out! Here is the link to his website where you can see his other films too.
The Kallins Finished!
|All In, Cartwheel, Mama Bear, Robin Hood…The Kallins!|
Those of you who missed it, the Kallins (who I adore and overlapped with in Shenandoah) finished the trail on Sept 1st. I just love their finish photo and had to share it! We got to Skype recently and I miss them greatly. Such an awesome family and I recommend reading their journal during the off season if you missed it. They are only the 16th family to complete the AT with young children. The Portland, Maine news even did a report on them and I was mentioned in it too. Click here to see that. So cool!
There is an official Triple Crown ceremony where this year’s class of triple crowners (completed by Sept 1st) will receive their plaques.
It takes place the last weekend in September each year at the
Gathering, which is a weekend event hosted by ALDHA West (American Long
Distance Hiking Association West). This year, the Gathering will take
place in Stampede Pass, WA and it is open to the public with a weekend
full of events and guest speakers. Registration is open until September 19th
for anyone interested in attending. Due to work commitments, I will
only be there Saturday night for the Triple Crown Dinner. Just two weeks
away! My next post will be after that weekend so I’ll share that with everyone.
So, What IS Next Then???
Seriously people, do you think that with all that’s going on that I’ve even had time to dream up a new hike and start planning it?…well, of course I have! I am quite excited about my ideas for this coming Spring/Summer, but I will leave everyone in suspense and I plan to formally announce my intentions in November or December once I’ve finally wrapped up the AT stuff. Don’t worry, I’m not done yet and there are many more years of hiking ahead of me. I hope you all stick around for the ride…
One More Thing…
The weather has been too good to resist and I did go backpacking this past weekend. I got to do the Round the Mountain Trail around Mt Adams and it was such a great hike! It is 38mi with about 7mi of route finding along an unmaintained side of the mountain on an Indian Reservation. It even overlapped the PCT for 9mi and I was in HEAVEN! I got to break in my brand new Gossamer Gear Mariposa Pack which has been improved and updated and just been released this past month. So sweet! Here it is in action and below is the full slideshow of the trip. Those of you on a mobile device may need to view the slideshow on a desktop. Thank you to fellow Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador, Allgood, for organizing such an awesome trip!
|The new Gossamer Gear Mariposa pack in action with Mt Rainier in the background.|
Slideshow: Round the Mountain Trail, Mt Adams