Author: Rich Mayfield

Building my own Internet- Part 1: Introduction

When you think about it, the internet is a fickle thing. It requires quite a bit of infrastructure to keep alive.  But how much of that is necessary for one person? How big is the internet? Is it vast and…

Backpacking with Amazon’s Kindle

The Kindle 3G with Waterproof Bag

 Overview The Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G is a lightweight E-Reader linked to the popular online publisher Amazon.com. One may think that an e-reader has no place in the outdoors, yet for my 11 month hike, it was an essential piece of gear.…

Crossing Over

Key West to Canada….Those words had been ringing through my mind for the last 323 days and 4017 miles. When I crossed beside a granite pillar, they became a reality. However, before that step, I had a hundred or so…

Out of the Wilderness

Throughout the entirety of Maine, I didn’t run into one person on the trail. It may sound lonely, but it’s actually a rare treat to be able to have these remote but heavily used areas all to yourself. The 100…

Mahoosuc Notch

The AT is a rough trail. At times it is nothing more than a game path traveled and kept packed by humans traversing the mountains. As you travel further north, the frequency at which you say “What the HELL?” tends…

What’s Next

Now that I’ve hiked from Key West to Canada, I have to find something else to do with my life. So here’s my 4 Step plan at continued adventure: 1. Get a Job. 2. Write a Book. 3. Continue Blogging.…

End Game Update

I’m finally off the AT and continuing my journey to Canada. There are a lot of awesome stories that came out of the last few weeks…so, stay tuned… For now, know that I am safe, warm, and happy. I’m in…

Mt. Washington

The White Mountains in New Hampshire are nothing short of epic. It seems as if every hardship along the trail is preparation for their rugged terrain and high peaks. It’s preparation so that a hiker might enjoy the endless views…