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March 15, 2017

Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens

So today marks FOUR YEARS of this ridiculous blog.  I’ll type that again for dramatic effect- FOUR YEARS.

Four is an important number for this blog, because, when I started, I figured that was about top end estimate for how many people would ever look that this big, dumb prestigious project of mine (and that was counting on my mother being able to find it on the Internet to see cute pictures of her grandson). But my, oh, my, how we’ve grown up.  In the past four years, nearly EIGHT PEOPLE have read this blog.

Okay, it’s a few more than that, and sometimes I worry about you folks because of that.  But thanks just the same for coming along for [...]

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December 10, 2016

Two days to complete the Batona Trail = terrible idea. Also, fun!

 

So, I had the worst idea I’ve had in at least the last several months… why not do the Batona Trail in two days?

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May 29, 2016

Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter to Wawayanda State Park

Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ) Type: One way (either direction) Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.2 miles (11.7 on the AT), 26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  (3 days) Difficulty: 9 of 10. Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields, cows, and cows

Trailheads – Start – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W End – Northern Trailhead (side trail at parking atea to the AT) – [...]

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May 27, 2016

Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 2 – High Point Shelter to Pochuck Shelter

Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – The Appalachian Trail from High Point (Sussex, NJ)  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ) Type: One way (either direction) Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.6 miles (12.4 trail miles on the AT) (26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  – 3 days) Difficulty: 7 of 10. Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields

Start – High Point Shelter – 41.31575,-74.65725 End – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W

Parking – For our parking and shuttle [...]

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