We have each been hiking and backpacking year-round for the last 3-4 years. During that time we’ve steadily increased our trip distances and trail difficulty, learned the basics of orienteering and adventure racing, spent a lot of time reading (books, blogs, gear reviews…), and refining our map and compass navigation skills. Wade does the majority of the trip planning, especially when we are heading into new wilderness areas. So far we’ve done most of our hiking across Atlantic Canada and in New England.
We’ve spent time educating ourselves about low impact wilderness travel, trail construction and maintenance, and best practices to stay safe in wilderness areas. We have also developed talks on a number of “Backpacking Basics” such as: carrying the “Ten Essentials”, making food plans, treating water, preparing for an overnighter, and navigation.
Our current projects include seeing the rest of Baxter State Park (we’ve hiked about 50% of its trails so far), visiting the rest of the White Mountain Four Thousand Footers (maybe the New England peaks too), checking out a few other sections of the Appalachian Trail, dreaming about visiting almost every US and Canadian national park, tackling the Vermont Long Trail and the TGO Challenge, and finding the time to keep exploring Nova Scotia’s wilderness areas.
About The Subtle Art of the Misadventure
The goal is to step out of your comfort zone, push your limits, and wander off the beaten path. It’s not about where you start, but starting the journey. Dream big but sometimes a little creativity is all it takes to find rewards hidden right around the corner.
So what are we trying to do here? Maybe something as simple as providing a bit of information and the odd silly anecdote to try to inspire and motivate people to get out there. It’s really all about the Abrupt Left… What’s that you say? Well it’s partly a running joke and partly a philosophy. If you’d like to find out more, follow us and join the misadventure.
Heather & Wade