Backpacking Ontario: The Western Uplands Backpacking Trail

For Ontario backpackers interested in a 50 mile (80 kilometer) trail, Algonquin Provincial Park’s Western Uplands Backpacking Trail is one of the few backcountry options available. I hiked it in two nights and two days October 22-24 with rough splits of 5 miles (8 km) on Friday afternoon, 26 miles (42 km) on Saturday, andContinue reading “Backpacking Ontario: The Western Uplands Backpacking Trail”

Backpacking Ontario: Algonquin Provincial Park’s Highland Backpacking Trail (And Some)

I moved to Canada.  Now I needed to backpack.  It’s been a number of years since I had to start from scratch to get to know an area.  After some internet and trail guide perusing, I seized on Algonquin Provincial Park as a great place to start.  Algonquin boasts three established backpacking trails with designatedContinue reading “Backpacking Ontario: Algonquin Provincial Park’s Highland Backpacking Trail (And Some)”

Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter Four: And In the End (Sections 1-10, Hancock, MD to Duncannon, PA, May 29 – June 4)

Intro. No more weekend warrior section hiking for us. We graduated to whole week warriors for the final 115 miles of the Tuscarora Trail — and threw on another 10 miles on the Appalachian Trail to boot so we could rock out with thru-hikers on our last night (and, you know, get back to ourContinue reading “Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter Four: And In the End (Sections 1-10, Hancock, MD to Duncannon, PA, May 29 – June 4)”

Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter Three: The Shenandoah Campaign (Sections 17-22, Rt. 48/55 to the Appalachian Trail in SNP, April 15-18, 2021)

Intro. If this hike was a Coldplay song it would definitely be “The Scientist.” Andrew, Brian, and I said, “Oh, let’s go back to the start,” and reversed direction for our section hike to head southbound (really eastward) along the roughly 69-miles of trail and detours from the West Virginia/Virginia border on Route 48/55 allContinue reading “Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter Three: The Shenandoah Campaign (Sections 17-22, Rt. 48/55 to the Appalachian Trail in SNP, April 15-18, 2021)”

Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter Two: Happy Hour in Sleepy Creek (Sections 11-13, Basore’s Ridge Shelter to Hancock, March 26-28, 2021)

Intro. Welcome back to the Tuscarora Trail! Claudio, Kyle, Brian, and I continued our 2021 section hike with 45 miles taking us through the tri-border region of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland and covering sections 11-13 (and a bit of 14) as described in the PATC guidebook. We finished in historic Hancock, Maryland after passingContinue reading “Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter Two: Happy Hour in Sleepy Creek (Sections 11-13, Basore’s Ridge Shelter to Hancock, March 26-28, 2021)”

Profound Historical Fiction and Riveting Epic Fantasy (Reviewing Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets, and Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War)

January started with a significant reading list. I’ll spend the rest of 2021 trying to even equal the power of the two books I read to start the year. No, these two books don’t share much in common. But each on their own merit is worth a “stop what you’re doing and read” urge. HearContinue reading “Profound Historical Fiction and Riveting Epic Fantasy (Reviewing Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets, and Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War)”

Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter One: My Kingdom for My Snowshoes (Sections 14-16, 48/55 to Basore’s Ridge Shelter, February 13-14, 2021)

Intro. I needed another trail section-hike project like I need some new backpacking equipment. Which is to say I absolutely didn’t but certainly took one on anyway. As far as section hikes go, it seemed everyone in my backpacking orbit was working on their own Tuscarora Trail version. And why not? At 250 total milesContinue reading “Tuscarora Trail Journal. Chapter One: My Kingdom for My Snowshoes (Sections 14-16, 48/55 to Basore’s Ridge Shelter, February 13-14, 2021)”

An Inauguration Worth Commemorating

Backpacking seasons come and go. DC UL Backpacking should know. It’s been around for 11 great years. Though I founded the original version of the group as — essentially — a personal backpacking crew for me to ring lead in 2009, it has grown beyond my wildest dreams. I bestowed a name, an ultralight orientation,Continue reading “An Inauguration Worth Commemorating”

Upon this Dharma I Will Build My Church

In ways I have not felt since family church attendance and teenage religiosity, I’ve undertaken some changes to my life and habits of late. This surprised me, to be honest. After a solid 20 years as a set in my thinking go-it-alone atheist/agnostic*, I wasn’t planning for or seeking a change of pace to myContinue reading “Upon this Dharma I Will Build My Church”