I’m ready for Katahdin.

I’m ready for Katahdin.

I’m not sure if it’s by design, but the AT has a way of preparing a thru hiker to be done. And I’m not talking physically either. Yes, we are in peak hiking condition by the time we reach the climax of our hike, but even more so, we are mentally ready to finish the … Continue reading

The Whites versus southern Maine

The Whites versus southern Maine

I was prepared for The Whites. I had the notion that they would be challenging and slowed down accordingly. As long as one sets one’s expectations lower as far as pace and mileage, the experience can be rewarding and fulfilling. As far as southern Maine, well, let’s just say I’ve had to reset my expectations. … Continue reading

There is no rushing through The Whites

There is no rushing through The Whites

Last Friday I hiked out of Glencliff, NH and over Mount Moosilauke, the first peak going north that one reaches in the White Mountains. The day before I had hiked 10 miles into the Hiker’s Welcome Hostel in Glencliff and spent the rest of the day lounging on the hammock, watching movies, napping. The space … Continue reading

Time to get my winter gear back

Time to get my winter gear back

A quick entry to let you all know how I’m doing. I just went to the post office today and picked up my winter gear. Winter gear?! In August?! Let me assure you that it is absolutely necessary. Since last I said hello, my fellow hikers and I marched right through the state of Vermont. … Continue reading

I’ve got my stride back

I’ve got my stride back

Twelve days ago I was sitting on a rock taking a break on my hike into Salisbury, CT. Along hikes this guy with headphone buds in his ears and a smile on his face. The following conversation ensued. Jor: Are you a thru-hiker? Guy: Yeah. Jor: All the way from Georgia? Guy: Yeah. <Pause> Jor: … Continue reading

The slump is over

The slump is over

I want to share a story I heard several times when I was a child. Mind you that I’ve never been good at remembering song lyrics, movie quotes, jokes, and – yes – stories, so I’ll do my best not to butcher it. No promises. A man goes to his rabbi and says, “Rabbi, my … Continue reading

Reasons I love Joisey

Reasons I love Joisey

Good morning folks. It’s still morning, right? I mean I’ve been puttering around in bed for the last couple of hours, ya know, because I can. I’m currently hanging out in my friends’ apartment in NYC, and I couldn’t be happier. Pennsylvania is a distant speck in my proverbial rear view mirror, and – did … Continue reading

I love hate Pennsylvania

I love hate Pennsylvania

I know that “hate” is a really strong word, but please take the title of the post in context. In my past two weeks in Pennsylvania I’ve experienced some of my highest highs and lowest lows on the trail to date. I’ve had moments where I felt in the groove – “on” – bounding from … Continue reading

Pfeiffer’s Kryptonite

Pfeiffer’s Kryptonite

Quite a few of you have asked me what my trail name is. It hasn’t been my intention to be evasive or anything. I just wanted to tell the whole story of my trail name but have been consistently distracted with other pursuits. So here’s the thing: as soon as the average thru hiker steps … Continue reading