Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hey walkers! Let's get to walking again!

We'll be starting a new round on November 1, hiking Vermont's 273-mile Long Trail. This will give us time to get into shape while we decide on a longer trail. I was thinking of the the Pacific Crest Trail -- any other suggestions? Something in another country would be cool.

The Green Mountain Club website describes the Long Trail this way:

"Hiking the entire 273 miles of the Long Trail from the Massachusetts to the Canadian border, is a unique and wonderful experience. People of all ages and backgrounds can be found amongst the list of Long Trail end to enders. Many do it in one hike, taking anywhere from 20 to 30 days. Still others take 20 years to complete the 273 mile trek. Most hikers hike from shelter to shelter stringing together many hiking days at a time. Others complete the trail by taking only day hikes. There is no prescribed mode for doing it, only that you cover the entire length of the trail on foot."

Here's a pointer to a map from 1917 :) I hope I can find a better one, or at least a description with mileage!

5 comments:

Margaret said...

I'm up for trying. My walking is dropping to practically nothing of late, and with winter coming down, it'll be harder to get those steps.

chanpheng said...

I've gotta get walking more as well. So I'll join you. The PCT sounds good for the future. I walked most of the trail in Washington state and good chunks of it in Oregon and California - in real life. Though that real life was about 30 years ago!

Claire Goverts said...

I'm game. I need a new pedometer, but the one Jean posted about on FB looks nice. Plus to I can always convert time on the Wii Fit into miles (it does convert the various activities into calories burned, that might help with the mile conversion).

Erin Hartshorn said...

Hmm. 20 years. Well, maybe I won't take quite that long, but I'm probably going to be doing only half a mile to a mile a day to begin. We'll see how long it takes me.

dmbonanno.com said...

I'm in! :) I'm at 4 - 5 miles a day, maybe I can bump that up now that I've been cleared for fitness.