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Backpacking Reports from 2002 to the present

or a couple of years now I've maintained this page as an index to all my hiking exploits. Over that period my hiking has stratified, if you will, into a couple of directions which I will very roughly characterize as "Backpacking" and "Peakbagging". To keep each category to a more manageable size I have separated these reports into two pages. This split will allow me to add more general purpose information to the Peakbagging section, such as lists of peaks I am working on.

The first secion below is all about the AT. The trips done in 2002 are in order from the Delaware water gap and north, but then in 2003 I jumped down to Harper's Ferry Virginia and did 124 miles to Duncannon PA. This is the southermost section so it's listed first. And that gap between Duncannon and the Delaware water gap, over a hundred milews is stil TBD. The last AT section ending at Katahdin also contains about a week of peakbagging, so I'll put that in again on the peakbagging page. Hey! putting it in twice is better than not at all.

There's also a small section of backpacking trips not on the AT, or not primarily on the AT — sometimes you just can't avoid it.

Reports of my Appalachian Trail hikes (south to north) : Photo Albums:
AT section hike
May 10 - May 19, 2003
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Photo album
for this section
AT section hike #1
April 4 - April 16, 2002
Delaware Water Gap New Jersey to Kent Connecticut
Photo album
for section #1
AT section hike #2
May 10 - May 23, 2002
Kent Connecticut to Manchester Vermont
Photo album
for section #2
AT section hike #3
June 4 - June 14, 2002
Manchester Vermont to Kinsman Notch New Hampshire
Photo album
for section #3
AT section hike #4
July 8 - July 15, 2002
Kinsman Notch New Hampshire to Gorham New Hampshire
Photo album
for section #4
AT section hike #5
September 7 - September 20, 2002
Gorham New Hampshire to Stratton Maine
Photo album
for section #5
AT section hike
July 9 - July 14, 2003
Stratton, Maine to Monson, Maine
Photo album
for this section
AT Section Hike
South Arm Road to Route 17, Maine (what was left out of the previous section)
July 12, 2005
Photo albums
for this trip
Hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness, Summiting Katahdin and
Peakbagging in Baxter State Park
August 30 - September 14, 2004
 Hundred Mile
 Peakbagging in
 Baxter Park

Reports of other backpacking hikes: Photo Albums:
The Killkenny Ridge Trail:
Two days backpacking in a beautiful and
uncrowded part of northern New Hampshire
July 6 & 7, 2004
Photo album
for this trek
White Mountains Trek
July 20 - July 26 2003
Going Hut to Hut from Franconia Notch to Appalachia, New Hampshire
Photo albums
for this hike
Some specialties:
Wildflowers 2002
A photo album of fauna and flora
as seen along the trail in 2002
Wildflowers 2003
A photo album of fauna and flora
as seen along the trail in 2003
Some warm-up hikes in March of 2002:
March 3, 2002
The Palisades
Photo album for
The Palisades
March 21, 2002
The Hudson Highlands
Photo album for
The Hudson Highlands
March 26, 2002
The Battery Loop
Photo album for
The Battery Loop

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