Friday, July 19, 2013

Dealing with Bugs (Mosquitoes) on Trail...

     As I'm sure most of you have experienced when hiking in the woods, bugs can be a very challenging nuisance to deal with. They fly in your eyes, nose and ears!!! Bite you leaving welts, itching and in some cases bruises (yes bruises...When I came back from the JMT in California I had smacked my arms so many times from mosquitoes that I had bruises up and down my arms).
     How do you deal with these little pests?  Good question! I have been trying many different scenarios out over the years and so far this is what I have come up with.  This by no means completely solves the problem, but has helped quite a bit considering.  If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments section below of this blog or the video so others can learn from your experiences.  I will post a follow up to this after my trip and let everyone know how I fared.

Happy Trails.....

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wonderland Trail Introduction and Initial Planning....

     With only a couple weeks left until my father and I embark on an incredible journey together I thought it would be an appropriate time to get things up on this blog for others to follow and hopefully gain a little information and inspiration in the process.
     Up to this point we have accomplished just about everything that we need to do in order to hike the trail. Permits/reservations for back country camping and hiking have been secured. All gear has been purchased, finalized and tested for my fathers setup.  We have collected and packaged all food items with drop buckets packed and shipped. Airfare has been purchased and rental car has been reserved.  The only thing that we really need to do is get out there and start hiking.
     I think I covered a lot of the important information in the video above regarding initial planning for this trip.  The websites that I found most helpful were: and  Although there is no real printed guidebook that I could find (that I actually would like to have used that is) the web resources and map should be sufficient to make this trip happen.
     If you have come about this blog as a result of researching for a Wonderland Trail hike please feel free to contact me and I will do whatever I can to answer any questions that you may have.

Happy Trails!!!! (stay tuned)