First Backpacking Trip Since Long Trail

A few days ago I got back from my first backpacking trip since I tried to hike the Long Trail. I had a great time, it was actually a lot of fun, I checked off five 4000 footers. There was a little bit of a change in plans that resulted in me not getting the 7 peaks that I was hoping. I heard that the rivers were running high so I took a alternate route over Mount Hale, which I climbed a few weeks ago. So I went over the top of Hale and then found out that I didn’t really have to. It put me behind and I had to skip Galehead Mountain and Zealand, but that was it for bad news! Glad we got that out of the way.

Day 1 of 2
Day 1 of 2

Actually I do have one additional piece of bad news, I forgot my battery pack and I didn’t record day 2 because I wanted to keep the power for taking pictures and video.

Crossing the Little River on the North Twin Trail, took the boots off and put them around my shoulders so that I could keep them dry. I wore my flip flops to cross and then put them on the outside of my backpack to dry.

The thing I love about the ridge walks is you can see the paths so easily and I had beautiful weather for such a hike!

This was the view right before the summit, amazing weather/view.

North Twin Summit

The summit of North Twin!

South Twin Summit

South Twin Summit


Mount Guyot Summit

So because I did the extra trip up Hale, I had to cut out Galehead and Zealand, I am going to do a separate backpacking trip to get these out of the way. The weather was beautiful but it was a little warm. I was pretty proud of making the right decision, I was completely worn out when I got to the campsite I knew anything additional would have been a mistake.

Hammock made finding a spot at the Guyot Campsite a lot easier, if I showed up with a tent I would have been sent to the overflow. I highly recommend hammock camping for the Whites, according to the rules you have to camp below the tree line anyway. 

As for food I did cold soaked cous cous with some packets of tuna fish, I decided to do cold soaking when I was on the long trail after a hard day of hiking I really didn’t want to worry about cooking. Cold Soaking was great, I added water to the cous cous and taco seasoning. By the time I got my hammock setup the cous cous was ready and I could just eat and go to bed. For breakfast I had carnation instant breakfast with a packet of instant coffee. They call it hiker cafe mocha, it was really really good!

For lunch I had Justin’s Nutella and Peanut butter packets which was also good. I am going to experiment more with cold soaking recipes. I think I can come up with an instant rice burrito, instant rice with taco seasoning and a packet of buffalo chicken, something like that.  

The beauty about hammocks too was able to get everything packed up in a short amount of time. I was able to get to the top of West Bond pretty early in the morning.

West Bond

I met a nice guy from CT and we were chatting as we headed down the mountain to the West Bond Mountain

This is the view of the Bond Cliffs from West Bond. This was the best part of the hike, I think this is currently my favorite ridge in the White Mountains!

Bond Cliffs in the Background

You can see the Bond Cliffs in the background!


Quite the drop if you go off the trail! After that it was pretty steady slog down the mountain. The real bummer all was my phone was basically dead so I couldn’t see how far I was into the trail, the last part was 4 miles that was a former rail road track. So flat and boring which was kind of nice. I thought the below bridge was the end.

I thought this was the bridge at the end

I thought this was the bridge that marked the end of my hike and I was so excited. After I passed over the bridge I noticed I didn’t see any signs of civilization, after about 20 minutes I realized that I wasn’t done, I asked a hiker heading the opposite direction and he said it was still at least 1.5 miles left. It was a little deflating but I kept trudging on!

The actual end of the trail

This was the actual end of the trail! It was amazing. All in all I had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. I did get some blisters on the inside of my big toe and a one on the ball of my other foot.  

Overnight Backpacking, taking down 7 peaks in two days!

This weekends backpacking trip

This weekend I am doing my first backpacking trip since I did the Long trail almost two years ago. I am really excited, I am going stove-less with oatmeal for breakfast, with a protein shake with instant coffee mixed in. I think for lunch I am going to stick with bars and jerky, I might grab some tortillas, I bought some individually wrapped Justin’s peanut butter packets. For dinner I am going to make Taco Cous Cous with some chicken packets. I am only going to do one dinner because I think I will be off the trail before dinner two! Or at least I better be 🙂 All of these can be made just by cold soaking, I have an empty peanut butter jar that I am going to use for cold soaking. Basically just mix all of this stuff with water, and you can start cold soaking when you are at a water source in the morning. I don’t think I would use cold soaking if it was going to get at all cool, the forecast for the weekend though is very hot and I have found that I just don’t want anything warm, and I can save a few LB’s in fuel and stove, no pot, no pot holder ect. 

I am pretty excited, I think this is going to be a tough weekend I am interested to see how I do getting up to the top, as you can see it is pretty steep up but the good news is that once you are up there you don’t really have to come down too far. I am staying at the Guyot campsite, or in the area as I suspect it will be mobbed.

I am going to park my car at the end of the trail and then use a service to drive me to the start of the trail. This is probably obvious to people that hike a bunch but I always assumed you would have someone pick you up at the end but this is obviously wrong for so many reasons. You stink, you don’t know when you end, and it is going to be so sweet to just be able to get in the car and go. 

I looked in various facebook hiking groups and the best lady for the white mountains is  Trailhead Rides/Shuttle Hike Northern New Hampshire check out her website, I will post a review as soon as I get back but I have full confidence it will turn out well.

I am going to have a lot of fun and it is going to burn a lot of calories, and enjoy the time to quiet the thoughts and spend some time in nature. I think all around it will be a good thing

254.8 Post Corona Update

Doing pretty good, got an unexpected comment from Personal Trainer Chris. I was talking about how after the hike up Mount Cabot I was feeling pretty good, he replied “Ya dude your fit now”. I was actually feeling pretty rough physically.

4 of July weekend I went a little crazy and then I had a bit of a fight with my fiancé Liz and wasn’t sleeping so it was a nice time to get a compliment.

22 of 48

It was a good hike, long and it was quite humid but it was worth the trip. I will do a full post on that. I just wanted to get back into the habit of posting.

Back!! At 257

Back at it, went to personal training tonight. Eating has been good this week. Really going to make another push and hope we can get below 250 in the next two weeks. Going to just do one workout a day and try to really keep the diet in check.

Pushed a sled at the end

It was good, this weekend is going to be a heavy workout sort of weekend. Going to help my buddy Jay move tomorrow. Lots and lots of stairs, I am going to go hiking on Sunday, and then sit on my ass in the card room Sunday afternoon/evening.

Been playing a bit of poker here and there. The poker room near me has had a promotion for the best hand every 30 mins you get somewhere between $600 and $1500 dollars. The games have been good so I have been playing. Played a few bad sessions, had some bad luck, I am about $140 up after a bunch of hours. I think live poker has been somewhat new to me so it has taken a bit of an adjustment. I am hoping to make a little side money for the wedding and whatever expenses. Goal is to get to 2/5 so I can make a decent hourly wage. I don’t really drink and if Liz isn’t feeling like doing anything on a Friday or a Saturday I will pop over to play.

Also thinking about dabbling in PLO but I have to build up a bankroll first, hitting a few of those high hands would really be beneficial. I will post updates as I go along.

201 days to go

Finally back on track, spent Valentine’s Day throwing axes.

Urban axes in Somerville

So that was a lot of fun, I had a bunch of drinks. Liz and I also went to a party last night, it was fun and we were decent but then we went to Wendy’s after so that wasn’t good. Not expecting good things on this weigh in but I am going to work off my ass in the mean time. I found the heart rate monitor! It was in the bottom of my car.

Really pushed the heart rate!

Did some heart rate training, sprinted 8 mph on the treadmill for 90 seconds to get those peaks and I need to push a little bit harder I think. The first set I tried to do on the stair climber, that was a bit of a mistake as my legs were getting tired quicker. I think I am going to add a little bit of incline the next time. My legs don’t go too much faster, I have no idea but we are going to start small, I think I have it coming up in a few days.

Liz and I spent the day gathering camping supplies so we will be all set when we get to go camping everything will be packed up and it won’t take forever. Pretty excited Liz is wiling to go try some more camping, I am debating on renting a camp spot for a few days in Lafayette, we have a few mountains around there to climb. Pretty excited no matter where we go.

Feeling good

Went to kickboxing and was feeling strong, went to personal training, kickboxing and did two days of riding on the bike.

80 burpees!

This afternoon I did the fat Amy WOD, it took me about 25 minutes, I forgot to start the timer but added what I think I did. I am going to redo it next week and properly time it.

Prepped chicken and asparagus

Prepped some chicken for the week and cut it up into pieces, it is easier to weigh if it is cut into little chunks. The roast garlic seasoning again. I am going to be headed to Seattle on Monday but Liz will be all set.

Not going to weigh in until next Friday because I will be traveling, the airplane throws off the weight but it will be good to check in. 209 days until the wedding!


So I did weigh in on Wednesday and it was 260.4, I was so ashamed I was going to just not post anything until next Wednesday. I want to make sure I change my behavior and so I am back above 260! I have got the diet back in shape. Today we are 1850 calories, I rode for an hour on the bike. I don’t trust that I actually burned that many calories but I bet I burned 500 or so, at least that is what I put in my food log.

Beyond meat burger wrap

Made a beyond meat burger, they were on sale at the super market. Lettuce tomato mustard and ketchup. Frozen mashed cauliflower and green beans, the whole thing comes in at 571 calories. I was impressed with how good it tasted, I will definitely have them in the future if the price comes down. $9/lb or something like that isn’t going to fly.

Going to go to the gym with Nick P possibly and hiking this weekend. Either way I am going to really try to go to work. Also heading to Seattle going to make sure I spend a lot of time in the gym.

I lost my heart rate monitor, going to buy another one of have Liz let me borrow hers. Not sure where it could be other than it gone thrown out. We shall see but I need to get the data, I miss it, it really does motivate me.

Back in the saddle

Always the good old bike

Back in the saddle a bit, did an hour of biking. It was good to get back to it but I noticed that my heart rate didn’t touch 130 I don’t think, I doubt how many calories I actually burned. It is a good thing, I am getting much fitter so I can’t my heart rate up as easily. Back in the day I would routinely hit 150 doing a lower resistance level. I thought about getting a treadmill while I was pedaling.

Eating has been a disaster, back to logging the food, the Super Bowl was yesterday and I woke up this morning feeling so gross. I ate so poorly, I actually skipped breakfast which is unheard of for me. I am going to be good from here on out and make sure I take breaks and don’t try to do too much too fast. Weigh in on Wednesday will not be pretty but we will take our lumps and move on. Good luck!

Fell off the wagon a bit

Fell off the wagon a bit and haven’t been to the gym in a few days. I kind of freaked myself out a little bit. I can’t recall ever feeling like I did at the gym that afternoon. I think the combination of things have lead to this but I am going to go for a hike tomorrow and take Sunday off or light duty but meal prep, and hit it hard come Monday.

I am cooking for the Super Bowl but am bringing all of the leftovers to work on Monday. Going to make ribs brisket macaroni and cheese and jambalaya with the home made kielbasa. Going to try a new method with the ribs, going to rub them with yellow mustard first. It is suppose to help the rub stick. Seemed kind of suspect to me but I am going to give it a try. Maple sugar rub with a little bit of cayenne.

Montréal steak seasoning on the brisket, it comes out somewhere between Montréal smoked meat/pastrami but I think it is delicious. I also have a prime brisket which I am pretty excited about. I will make sure to post some pics of how it came out.

I did buy a massage ball and basically a massage rolling pin. They were good buys because I used the ball on my butt and hamstrings, it was glorious! Totally took care of the knots and I instantly felt much better, it isn’t as girl as the roller I have which really lets me put all my weight on it. But roll your muscles! It is important!

Left the gym early

I went to the gym and was on the arc trainer, all of a sudden I felt light headed a little dizzy and just couldn’t do it. I tried to power through for a few minutes but just couldn’t. So I left the gym after only completed 30 mins. I am not sure how I feel about this at the moment, I am coming off a disappointing weigh in, but after the gym my hands were shaking pretty good. I drank some water and ate a package of noodles and felt better.

I think I have been pushing it a little hard as of late, maybe I need to stick to 6 hours of exercise a week and really focus on making sure the diet is perfect.

Liz and I have pre-marriage counseling tomorrow night. I think I am going to not do any exercise until Friday after work and focus on making sure the diet is perfect, I will do some hiking to balance out the Super Bowl eating. Going to fire up the BBQ! It has been a while since I did, debating on what to make, thinking ribs and brisket, but I need to work on my pork butt dip (thin sauce mixed into the meat before service) whatever I make though I am bringing into work the next day.