Tuesday, May 24, 2011

In 100 Days

May 24, 2011

I was born and raised in Vermont. It is my home. I can not recall the first time that I camped, hiked or fished because I was a tot...simply just too little to remember. Though I do  recall tent camping  with my parents when I was around 5 or so but I was already conditioned to it. Stubbed toes, scrapped knees and all. I joined the Boy Scouts of America at age 8 via the Cub Scouts; went through my Webelos and soon became an official Boy Scout. At the time, I remember this being quite an achievement. I was a proud Scout. I was eager to learn and apply anything outdoorsy. The troop I was in, Vt BSA Troop105, was a very active troop that held weekly meetings (the troop still  meets at the same room in the same church at the same time every week )  and weekly or so. usually on the weekends, an outing ... be it hiking, camping, Jamborees, despite the season. At age 14, I did my first primitive camping trip in the winter with this troop. We stayed in pine bough shelters that we built. My first true awareness for love of the outdoors. I remember a specific time when we helped out the Green Mountain Club build/move a section of the Long Trail and that's when I fell in love with it.... I asked everyone and anyone on that one day about the Long Trail.... and since then it has become my life's dream to thru-hike it.  

After 30 years, and in just 100 days, on September 1, 2011 at 8:00am EDT, I will take my first step onto what was a but dream and now a reality... To walk the spine of the Green Mountains of Vermont in it's entirety. All 273+ miles... This is my homeland, my life's obsession. The countdown has begun to the adventure and dream of my lifetime.... 


  1. my kids did scouts...they did some awsome stuff...same troop too. It is so awesome that you are doing this!

  2. Joe,

    That is awesome my friend. Can't wait to read of your journey. Good Luck and see you on the trail.


  3. Wow, that's an astonishing distance! I look forward to reading about your preparation for a hike like that. Keep us posted!


  4. I moonlight as a Long Trail End-to-End Mentor. If you'd like any advice, feel free to contact me. I love the LT.