Author: Rich Mayfield

Night Hiking

Hiking at night is generally not a good idea. It usually means you’re late, you’re tired, and you can’t see as well. Some outdoorsmen call twilight the bewitching hour, because statistically, more accidents happen around dusk than any other time…

Cold as Ice

You’re as cold as ice, you’re willing to sacrifice our love…oh AT…I love you, but why do you have to be so cold? Oh snap, cold snap! Those were the words that ran through my head as the biting cold…

Massachusetts Hospitality

Most people don’t think of Massachusetts as an incredibly hospitable place. Boston…yankees….I don’t even know what the proper denomyn is…it’s Masshole right? All FALSE. Massachusites (had to look it up) have institutionalized hospitality. Here’s the story of my trek through Mass: Night 1:…

Dia del Absurdo

To begin, it’s strange to see anyone hiking in Vermont this time of year. Hiking for the day is pretty common among Vermonters, however overnight camping in the woods is pretty much done by this time in the season. It’s…

Where’s Waldo?

If you were looking hard enough over the past week, you might have seen me in New York City, New Haven, Boston, Bangor, or climbing Mt. Katahdin in a blizzard. The miles I’ve put down have prevented me from updating…

The Thru Hiker Mindset

I’d like to try to explain a small portion of the mindset you get into as a long distance hiker. Sometimes what we do or how we act is counter-intuitive, quirky, or downright insane. What kind of person hikes for…

It Gets Better

Part of life consists of going through some crap just so you better appreciate the good. The other days was a watershed. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m rather cynical, which also means I get really excited when awesome things…

Jersey Revisited

I finally crossed into the great state of New York from the….let’s just say “the other” state of New Jersey. In the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to clear the air after my Jersey bitch-fest. Plus, my buddy Matt…