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This past weekend, Young Dave and I squeezed in one more 10 mile hike – just to make sure, you know?

Here in Wisconsin, the list of attractions goes something like this – Favre, cheese, beer, Parfrey’s Glen. Just trust me on that last one.

There was nothing else in the 10 miles that I can really recommend. Do NOT hike the trail adjacent to Parfrey’s Glen – steep, then boggy, and no views.

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Our second hike – a 10 miler, and I carried 25 pounds. We started at 9:30 and it was only 34 degrees. We had a climb at the beginning – 700ft of altitude change over 1.5 miles. We were rewarded with these views at the top.  

By 12:30, we had been hiking for 3 hours (with stops) and had gone 5 miles. I was disappointed to say the least.  We finished the 10 miles by 4 pm, after a 1 hour lunch break, a much better pace. It didn’t hurt that it was pretty much all downhill.

My tent, in all its solo fabulousness – not staked out:

 

 

 These photos are from the first of three hikes Young Dave and I went on with our fully packed gear.

 It was sunny and 58, but breezy, which I think did a good job of approximating the weather we will encounter on the trail (fingers crossed). This trail was rated “advanced” with many steep grades. We finished the 9.1 miles in 3 hours and 26 minutes.

This year, I plan to hike my first section of the Appalachian Trail, with the ultimate goal being to complete the entire trail.

The first section will be a southbound hike, from Kent, CT to High Point State Park in New Jersey. My hiking partner, Dave (aka Young Dave) and I plan to cover approximately 120 miles in 8 days, averaging 12-15 miles per day.

In subsequent posts, I will cover our itinerary.

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Gear Notes

Pack - Granite Gear Vapor Trail Tent - Sierra Designs Velox 1 Sleeping Bag - REI Sub Kilo Stove - Jetboil