A Poem for My Ancestor

Inspiration for this poem comes from a mysterious ancestor on my mothers side. This medicine woman was said to have once stared down a pack of wolves. We all have ancestors. Who are they? How far do we have to go back to find our last wild relation? How far do we have to look back for you and I to meet our last ancestor in common?

Vermont Only The Essential Screening

Only The Essential's premier event is a week away. The Green Mountain Club is the organization that maintains the Long Trail - Americas oldest long distance hiking trail and the trail Casey and Colin grew up hiking. It's a fitting location for the first event of the Only The Essential tour. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening in our home state.

"We Don't Need No Education"

Check out this wonderful article about two brothers connecting deeply with nature in my home state of Vermont. 

"We Don't Need No Education. At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free."

Read the full article here at Outside Magazine.

Photo: Penny Hewitt

Photo: Penny Hewitt

Susan Abbott Art for Only The Essential

Landscape painter Susan Abbott has created a map and a series of paintings from the Pacific Crest Trail that will be featured in Only The Essential. Below are some of her paintings for the film. You can see more of Susan Abbott's work at susanabbott.com

Colin's Writing on the Pacific Crest Trail Association Blog

The Pacific Crest Trail Association shared my attempt at summarizing the emotion and spirit of passing through the wilderness for five months. Here is their kind introduction:

"Colin Arisman hiked the PCT in 2013. I shared dinner with him at Der Baring Store and was really struck by how peaceful, introspective and passionate he was. I saw it as the classic effect of months spent in nature. Colin will be releasing a film about his hike soon. You can see the Only The Essential trailer here. How does one capture the experience of walking from Mexico to Canada? Here’s his shot."

Read the article here www.pcta.org/2014/glimpses-beauty-summer-pacific-crest-trail-23820

Casey on the third day of our 142 day hike.

Casey on the third day of our 142 day hike.

Support the Creation of Only The Essential

Only The Essential will be available for free online, increasing accessibility to the public. Your support is critical to helping us share our wilderness journey and message! The film premiers this November!  So far the trailer has garnered glowing reviews and been shared by Adventure Journal, Outdoor Nation and Outside Online! Thanks for all your support so far!