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Light and Fast on Vermont’s Long Trail
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Light and Fast on Vermont’s Long Trail on 10/01/2013 12:42:13 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Light and Fast on Vermont’s Long Trail

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Weight? on 10/02/2013 09:28:42 MDT Print View

Looking at those pictures, just how much weight did you lose in those ten days?

Shawn Bearden
(ShawnB) - F - MLife

Locale: SE Idaho
Congratulations on 10/02/2013 12:06:06 MDT Print View

Congratulations on your accomplishment! Thank you for the thoughtful and passionate write-up.

Scott Morris
(morriss002) - M
Re: Weight? on 10/02/2013 15:20:26 MDT Print View

Hey Dean,

I designed a menu that was seven meals / ~4000 calories a day of dry (meaning I didn't have to cook it or carry a stove) food which left me pretty well-off. A lot of my food choices were based off the work of professional hiker Andrew Skurka. His website ( has a lot of good info on nutrition for endeavors like this. I'm not sure what my weight was before and after, but I didn't really lose any weight - no matter how gaunt my mind and heels felt. Thanks for reading.

-Scott Morris

Eli Simmer

Locale: Minnesnowta
RE: on 10/03/2013 19:30:39 MDT Print View

So fastpacking cures the breakup blues?

Nice article, glad you ultimately succeeded.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Nice Read on 10/04/2013 09:05:24 MDT Print View

You're an excellent writer. I wish I was capable of the same. Congratulations on your successful hike. I had a 9 1/2 day 248 mile hike last year....wonderful, yet tiring.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: long trail on 10/07/2013 07:45:07 MDT Print View

I really enjoyed your write-up- goes to show that pictures aren't needed when the text is so descriptive. You managed to capture well the rollercoaster emotions of a good fastback. I would love to hear more though about how you related to other aspects of the trail, scenery, and trail life.

Vadim Fedorovsky
Gear and Black flies on 05/21/2014 23:10:40 MDT Print View

Really enjoyed reading your piece. Thank you and congratulations!

I have two questions for you as I am planning an extremely similar, unsupported hike of the Long Trail for June of 2014.

1. What pack did you use? I am primarily concerned with this since my usual pack (golite Jam) isn't going to cut it for the amount of weight I'll be carrying.

2. I noticed you had no issues with black flies. Is that true? I'm pretty surprised since I thought they would be at their worst around this time.

thanks again!