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Nothing beats a good day at Round Valley

Except when you get back to your car and have a $71 ticket for parking there after the park closed! URGH! I was literally carrying out beer bottles and garbage I picked up on the quick 6 miler (office to campsite #7 and back) on the Cushetunk and told that cop that I was glad he ticketed us while I was out there cleaning up the park! He didn't appreciate my trail maintenance apparently! I just assumed the park was open till dusk, but it's only open until 6pm in March. Lesson learned I guess.…


Added by TJ Karakowski on March 29, 2015 at 9:17pm — 2 Comments

AT Sobo '14 - Rocksylvania

I filmed and edited this stuff on my iPhone 5c and posted when in towns. I lost my NJ hiking credentials to log on, along the trail, so I never updated here.  Sorry guys. 

The smartphone question I posted a year a half ago, was the start of an amazing relationship with my iPhone. 

Filmed, edited  and posted End Sept to Mid Oct 2014. PA, MD and…


Added by TJ Karakowski on January 16, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

AT SOBO 14 - Dirty Jerzy & Co.

Happy 2015 NJ Hikers! Now that I've left our amazing state for an extro-spective look, I can report back here that in fact, NJ is the best state. 

I completed my AT Sobo (FYI = Sobo means Southbound) thru hike on the Winter Solstice (12/21). In dismal Georgia. I plan on posting here all my thoughts about that experience over the months to come.. I'm working on my flickr, youtube and white blaze, but NJ Hiking here is my home base. If any one has questions, please ask. No parameters.…


Added by TJ Karakowski on January 9, 2015 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

AT Sobo - NH & Vermont

SOme highlights of these 300 miles!

Added by TJ Karakowski on September 5, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

AT Sobo '14 - Maine

Hi NJ Hiking Gang. I haven't given up posting here - I've been in the woods hiking! Started a Southbound thru hike attempt on July 9th, and just recently (9/3) entered Massachusetts. 600 miles down, 1580 to go!

Here's some highlights of Maine. It's no Jersey of course!


Added by TJ Karakowski on September 5, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Jenny Jump

Great park. Perhaps not the best day hiking spot, but good campground and Saturday night fun at the observatory.

Added by TJ Karakowski on June 10, 2014 at 8:22am — 3 Comments

"May Days" 2014


Headed up to Stokes for the 3rd annual “May Days” cabin outing on Friday, May 2nd. This year I had bagged my 1st choice -  cabin #6. It’s a great waterfront location with a neighbor on only one side and a nice picnic table/fire ring backyard. The only issue at #6 is waterfront access which is very swampy and unuseable, but that’s pretty much true of all the cabin sites.


I was joined by my Dad(TK), Uncle Jim(JK) and cousin Will(WK). JK and WK had…


Added by TJ Karakowski on May 7, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments


March was dubstep, April is ragtime. I'll be doing spoken word by the fall! Great hike, lots of views and lots of history. And hopefully the end of cold weather camping for 6 months.

Added by TJ Karakowski on April 30, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Stonetown Circular

I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed this hike. March is my least favorite month of all.  Next up is Harriman Easter Weekend.

Added by TJ Karakowski on April 7, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Wharton Overnight Backpacking Trip

Managed to get out the last weekend of February to south Jersey and escape the snow!…


Added by TJ Karakowski on March 3, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

2014 Resolution

Happy 2014 NJ Hikers. Perhaps a few of you read the long-winded blog posts that I put up in 2013. New year, new agenda. I would like to commit to making 2014 the year of the hiking "Vlog". I'm not looking to make these informative really (titles, places, maps) but concentrate on getting good shots and better editing, along with making up the music and perhaps trying different styles with the vids. Of course I'm happy to engage in any questions or comments (about the hiking itself or the…


Added by TJ Karakowski on January 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Video of my Section Hike of the Appalachian Trail across New Jersey

Hi NJ Hikers- If you're bored at work, here's a video I made of hiking the AT through our lovely Garden State back in September of this year. Be sure and change the quality to 720 (lower right hit gearbox and select 720) -TJK


Added by TJ Karakowski on December 11, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving Weekend at Harriman

When I got into this backpacking thing this year, I never thought it’d be anything more than a summer time hobby to get out, shoot some photography and get some exercise.  Turns out though, that I enjoy the planning, physical challenge, and quite honestly, the solitude, so much that I can’t wait until next May to get out there. In fact I now see winter backpacking as a new chapter with it’s own challenges and rewards.…


Added by TJ Karakowski on December 8, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Great day to be Hiking - Instead I spent it swinging a pickaxe

Back in June I mentioned that I wanted to give back some labor after seeing a chain gang out there working on that hot and humid Saturday. Well today was that day (minus the hot humid weather!)

After I completed my NJAT hike in September I contacted the NYNJTC about volunteering for some work, and - once you offer free labor, you start getting emails. The West…


Added by TJ Karakowski on October 21, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments

AT Hike to Raccoon Ridge & Swartswood SP Overnight

I originally planned to head out to Sussex County (10/5-10/6 2013) for Millbrook Days with my Old Man and tent overnight at Worthington but with the Fed shutdown causing the cancellation of Millbrook Days and closing down Old Mine Road we decided to check out Raccoon Ridge and Swartswood SP instead.

Hit the AT going south at Camp Road (basically the Mohican Outdoor Center) on Saturday afternoon around 11:30. Beautiful day, slightly humid, but otherwise good fall hiking weather. This…


Added by TJ Karakowski on October 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Headed out to do AT - DWG to Greenwood Lake

Hitting hotel in DWG, PA tonight and getting started at 6am tomorrow. Goal tomorrow night is Catfish tower (about 12-13 miles). Hope to hit Greenwood Lake Next Saturday.

All my stuff - minus some food I mailed to High Point.…


Added by TJ Karakowski on September 14, 2013 at 11:44am — 7 Comments

So if you don't like reading my long posts - I made a short highlite reel

Video comp of my outdoorsy summer here in Jersey



Added by TJ Karakowski on September 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

AT Overnight Section – High Point Ranger Station South to Stokes & Back

I headed out to Harriman (via the train) on Saturday 8/24 intending to do a 13-15 mile overnight loop again. Met some fellow hikers (June and Nilly) on the train out of Secaucus and we started talking about different spots in Harriman, hiking equipment,  etc. Well turns out we got so caught up in our conversation we missed our train stop! Once we realized our dilemma we asked the conductor and she advised that if we got off we’d have to wait until 3 o’clock for a train going back in the…


Added by TJ Karakowski on August 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Harriman - Stone Memorial II

I decided to push and get to the shelter so I could get the pack off, tent up and look for water. The Conklin (White) hit the Yellow (Suffering Bear) and I quickly turned right.


The map showed another ‘Egg” over here. At this point I’d had it with the &*%^ eggs at Harriman! Twenty minutes later, and I was yet to see anything that looked like an “egg”.  Forty minutes later and I was somehow in a swampy area cursing to myself -  definitely  the lowest I’d felt out…


Added by TJ Karakowski on August 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Harriman - Stone Memorial I

I cheated on our lovely garden state, and crept just over the border to Harriman for a 14 mile overnight loop on Saturday 7/27/13. Took the train from Rahway up to Tuxedo and started hiking around 10:45am, with the NYC crowd. Other than a previous excursion up to the Bear Mountain a few years back, I’ve never explored Harriman, and really had no idea what to expect. My goal was to hike 7-8 miles to Stone Memorial Shelter and return Sunday, hopefully in time to catch a 12…


Added by TJ Karakowski on August 5, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

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