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Interesting Trail Journals and Trip Reports (not in BBNP)

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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« on: June 22, 2007, 07:28:30 AM »
If your like me (old, boring, and no real life), you like to surf around and read other people's trail journals and trip reports.  Here are some of the one's I like the best:
http://www.trailjournals.com   check out Nocona's trail journals or do a search on the local trail nearest you.   This is about the only place I have ever been able to locate a trail journal from the Lone Star Trail.

http://www.groundtruthtrekking.com   read the blog which is updated almost daily now that they have begun their trip.  

Anyone else got any good trail journal websites?

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 10:28:20 AM »
Just what I need, more time wasters!
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007, 10:37:10 AM »
I read the backcountry.com blog.  Not a journal, but more gear and outdoor news.  Occasionally there are some good ones, like this one posted yesterday:

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Humans Kick Animal Ass, Even Without Guns
A 62-year-old man in Florida killed a bobcat with bare hands, but that pales in comparison to this guy who killed a bear by throwing a log at it. The Florida guy was taking his trash out when a bobcat growled and then pounced on him.

I started choking it when got a good hold, he said. I choked it til he died. I got scratched up pretty good.

The bear killer threw the log at the bears head after it dropped a cooler to go after his 6-year-old son. The miracle shot killed the bear even though he was just hoping to knock it out. The camper was later cited for improperly storing his food, but hes probably comforted knowing that hes the biggest badass in the world.


This guy cracks me up.  
Blog here: http://thegoat.backcountry.com/


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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2007, 10:56:51 AM »
I've been reading the journals of the AT, CDT, and PCT thru-hikers over the last month or so. Always makes me want to take a 6-month sabbatical and take on one of those challenges. Of course, for every successful thru-hike, there are many more which are aborted because of hardships, such as Sandals' ordeal in the desert.

There is definitely a part of me which envisions doing one of these trails in 2010, timing an itinerary that puts me at trail's end on my 40th birthday. Ah, one can dream ....
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007, 11:47:07 AM »
Here is one that I am following.  Andrew Skurka who was the first person to do the Sea to Sea (7000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific) is now doing the Great Western Loop almost 6900 miles around the west.  Starting at the Grand Canyon, cross country over to the PCT up to the NWT over to the CDT down to the Grand Enchantment Trail over to the Arizona trail and back up to the Grand Canyon!

This is his website
http://www.andrewskurka.com/

Or you can follow it here at Backpackinglight.co m
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/andrew_skurkas_great_western_loop.html
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007, 03:08:34 PM »
Here are two more good ones, both hikes I would like to do someday.  The first is Brian Frankle's (of ULA Equipment) 2005 thru hike of the Hayduke trail which runs 900 miles across the desert of Utah and who was the first and so far only person to do it.  While at the ULA website check out his Arizona thru hike report and his attemped but not finished Great Basin Traverse trip.

http://www.ula-equipment.com/hayduke/index.htm

Next is a great trip report of a 2004 length of Death Valley walk

http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/faculty/cwillett/deva/index.html

Great details and pictures, enjoy!
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