100 Mile Wild - Pre Trip Report

100 Mile Wild - Pre Trip Report

Maine is home to the most remote section of the Appalachian Trail—the 100 Mile Wilderness. The name alone conjures thoughts of adventure in dangerous, rugged backcountry. While there is a network of huts and lean-tos established along the route, seldom is it traveled in the winter months, and for good reason. Even rarer are accounts of the trail being completed during the winter season.

Here is where our adventure begins.

Beginning Friday, February 23, and for the next 10-12 days, a team of three Maine-based adventurers are set to embark on what they believe will be the first known, documented winter traverse of the 100 Mile Wilderness. This famed section of the world’s longest hiking trail is steeped in history and controversy, and yet, beta on its winter travel is scant at best. The team will have to rely on experience, grit and determination (ok, and a bit of whiskey) to battle the elements and complete their objective.

THE TEAM:

David Koorits, Co-Founder of Good To-Go | A rare breed, he enjoys pushing himself to the limits. From Ironman races, to fighting forest fires, to saving lives at the local ER, David seems to be right at home when others would prefer to tap out. When David first started Good To-Go with his wife and co-founder, Jennifer Scism, he did so in part to his love for the outdoors. Owning a startup comes with its share of sacrifice however, so many adventurous aspirations had to be put on hold. “This trip provides an opportunity to do something truly wild, something that, as far as we know, has yet to be done—right here in my own backyard” explains Koorits.

Brian Threlkeld, Adventure Photographer | The man with the vision for this project. Brian has an intrinsic ability to capture the beauty of the suffer-fest, telling his side of the story from behind the lens. If you ever find yourself breaking trail in Northern Maine, for upwards of 100 miles, in the dead of winter, this is the guy you want documenting the account.

Greg Bell, Rock and Ice Climber | When he’s not managing operations for a fish hatchery, Greg can often be found exploring the most challenging alpine the state of Maine has to offer. With 20+ winter trips into Baxter State park under his belt, Greg’s reputation precedes him. This experience will play an integral role on this project.

FURTHERMORE:

Good To-Go is proudly supporting this trip with help from other brands such as Osprey Packs, Smartwool and Big Agnes. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Outdoor Sport Institute have also generously offered their support of the endeavor.

A big shout out to Brian Threlkeld for making this all possible. Brian creates expedition-based content for some of the outdoor industries' top brands. His work is both authentic and purposeful, as advocacy for public lands and environmental protection is at the core of every project.

It is our goal to not only share this unique story, but to engage and promote future generations to explore the outdoors, be it winter or summer. Adventure can be found wherever you are. Often, you need look no further than your own backyard.

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS:

Click here to check in on the team or to send a message of support!

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Fritz

Fritz

Sounds like fun. Whiskey should make things better.

Tom Di Tomasso

Tom Di Tomasso

Good Luck to you all. Would love to be hiking with you. Will plan on it next year. Stay warm and dry. dito (moving to Rockwood for life) US Army Retired. Check us out at D-CO.US

Jay Kolsch

Jay Kolsch

Get it !!

Jennifer

Jennifer

I hope David’s sticks hold up! 1/2 day into it, his snow shoes s-it the bed. He built new shoes with stick…from trees. I love it!! My little Boy Scout!

Lena Knight

Lena Knight

Hope you are have a great journey today! One of my favorite quotes is- The journey is the reward!

Happy Trails

Lena

Bill& Linda ware

Bill& Linda ware

Good luck guys , need help or need to get out we are 68 miles from monson and 32 miles from abol . Take marhar tote road ( right) I take it your going north , go .02 miles to stream and can call 207 -745-5116 will come pick you up by snowmobile or you can walk down the stream to us . Looking forward to follow you .

Gail

Gail

David I look forward to following your adventure. Stay safe!!

William Hayes

William Hayes

Good luck have done the 100 mile wilderness several times there are several river crossings so be prepared they may not be frozen over completely and safe to cross none of the depths are waist deep as I recall but you will need to manage being wet properly in the winter to prevent hypothermia cramponswill be necessary on several mountains you will traverse whether katadhinwill be open may be dicey the ranger station in baxter state Park will have information posted the climb up the hunt trail will be challenging coming back down even more so there was a hiker called the hiking viking who did the AT southbound inthe winter you may want to contact him about his experience you may wantto see if you can catch him on youtube or go to the whiteblaze website good luck you seem experienced and I wish you a safe hike.If you have the opportunity stop at whitehouse landing and see Bill And Linda

Briana McClure

Briana McClure

This sounds like it is going to be an amazing trip. Best of luck to you all! Happy trails!

Lena Knight and AJ (UPS driver)

Lena Knight and AJ (UPS driver)

How exciting! We will be following your adventure. Stay safe, drink whiskey and bring back stories and pics! I ❤️ Maine! Thank you for taking on this journey!

Lena and AJ
PS we love Good to go!

Richard

Richard

Good luck and you are Good to Go! Have a wonderful adventure and I know you will eat well along the way.

Ian

Ian

This is oen of the hardest sections on the train in summer.
Usually due to the many water crossings and mud/wet conditions.
Will be interesting to learn how ‘hard’ a frozen 100 mile wilderness is….
Phsyqued this team is attempting this!

Will be #soquiet and natural on that trail..

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