Longtrail 100 BlogBy Steve Zind
My wife and I started day-hiking on the Long Trail in the early 90's and then, after retiring in 2001, added overnight backpacking to our many outings. In 2003 we hiked the LT end-to-end. Our trailnames are Rough and Tumble.We "give back" to the trail as Green Mountain Club Life Members and as GMC volunteer mentors for those seeking to hike end-to-end. We also celebrate our love for the trail with our website longtrailpodcast.com that invites visitors to "Listen to the Long Trail." Our non-commercial podcast site currently features 21 podcasts about the Long Trail plus goodies such as Long Trail Oddities and Trivia, Rough and Tumble's Long Trail and Shelter Etiquette, a download-able side-to-side trail checklist, and an interactive Long Trail Distances Calculator. Our "Voices from the Trail" section includes a variety of conversations with hikers, including a blind hiker, two "Geezer Hikers," college-aged hikers, and others. In our "Support" section you will find a recent podcast that features a discussion with Brian Lindner, founder and leader of the Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team. Lindner describes the backcountry rescue process, gives safety advice for anyone entering the backcountry, and offers valuable tips on what to do when facing a rescue situation. Our "Advice" section includes podcasts with information and advice on such subjects as Planning a Summer Through Hike and Preparing Your Own Trail Meals (vegan and non-vegan). "Essays and Hiking Journals" rounds out the podcast sections, but there is much more on the site you might find interesting or useful. You can reach our site through longtrailpodcast.com or from the GMC website under "Online Communities." This is a non-commercial website for the benefit of Long Trail hikers. Jonathan Wahl and Leigh Hunt
VPR is marking the 100th anniversary of The Long Trail with a month-long series of reports and essays. Through this series, we'll explore the history and future of The Long Trail and introduce listeners to the people who built, maintain and hike it today.