Category Archives: The Long Trail

New Book for Sale – Old Stuff Wins Awards

Just Released! Backpacking’s Triple Crown: The Junior VersionCover5

For backpackers, America’s long trails hold a special place of honor. To have hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail or Pacific Crest Trail is a tremendous accomplishment. Hiking all three, the “Triple Crown” of backpacking, is an experience the vast majority of us can only dream about. For those that aspire to take an epic thru-hike, but can’t commit months at a time to the endeavor, there are other options. In fact, there is a Triple Crown of shorter “long trails” that require weeks, not months to complete. These trails provide much of the same tremendous scenery and adventure as their more extended brethren, but are achievable for those with families, careers and/or a lot of years under their belts. Come along with Yours Truly (Jim Rahtz) as I tackle this Junior Version of the Triple Crown. Walk the Colorado Trail as it shares a path through the Rocky Mountains with the Continental Divide Trail. Visit the most iconic sights of the Pacific Crest Trail through hiking the John Muir Trail. While on the Long Trail, climb up Stratton Mountain, where the idea for the Appalachian Trail was conceived. Of course, hiking these trails is not all rainbows and unicorns. I share both the joys and struggles of these thru-hikes in an easy, hopefully entertaining style. Be warned though. Once you’ve finished the book, your bucket list may be a little longer. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions right here, right now.

Outdoor Writers of Ohio Awards Presented

At their annual conference, held at Grand Lake on May 12-15, the Outdoor Writers of Ohio presented the organization’s Craft Improvement Awards. A Short Book on the Long Trail was named “Outstanding Media Achievement” for 2015. Photography from the book won two awards including the “People’s Choice Award” for an image of an Eastern Newt.Salamander

An article from this blog, “Why I Hunt,” was also recognized.

Long Trail Photos, Part 2

Below are color versions of the photos used in my book, A Short Book on the Long Trail. These are from the second half of the book. Click here to see the those from the first half.

A view from the John Muir Trail

A view from the John Muir Trail

Winooski River

Winooski River

The summit of Mount Mansfield

The summit of Mount Mansfield

View from the top

View from the top

Sterling Pond

Sterling Pond

Nice stretch of trail

Nice stretch of trail

View from Laraway Lookout

View from Laraway Lookout

Corliss Camp

Corliss Camp

View from the fire tower, Belvedere Mountain

View from the fire tower, Belvedere Mountain

Don't slip!

Don’t slip!

End of the line.

End of the line.

Small waterfall

Small waterfall

Long Trail Photos

If you’ve bought the paperback version of my book, A Short Book on the Long Trail and were wondering what the photos look like in color; here you go.

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Continental Divide, San Juan Mountains

Continental Divide, San Juan Mountains

View from Stratton Mountain

View from Stratton Mountain

What I left behind

What I left behind

View from Pine Cobble Trail

View from Pine Cobble Trail

Kid Gore Shelter

Kid Gore Shelter

North from Bromley

North from Bromley

Yes, this is the trail up Baker Mountain

Yes, this is the trail up Baker Mountain

Little Rock Pond

Little Rock Pond

Ancient rock wall

Ancient rock wall

Inn on the Long Trail. A welcome sight and great spot to relax

Inn on the Long Trail. A welcome sight and great spot to relax

After some rain...watch out for frogs.

After some rain…watch out for frogs.

Salamander settling in on the trail which has become a creek

Salamander settling in on the trail which has become a creek

Steam rising up into the fog

Steam rising up into the fog

Rungs for the climb down

Rungs for the climb down

View from Burnt Rock Mountain

View from Burnt Rock Mountain

Montclair Glen Lodge

Montclair Glen Lodge

Camels Hump in the Clouds

Camels Hump in the Clouds

Elevation profile of Camels Hump

Elevation profile of Camels Hump

That’s the first half. For the rest of the photos, click here.