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Author Archive: Norm Stoldt

Part II: Scarce H2O

Editor’s note: Somerset’s Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin’ Norman, experienced a series of difficulties on his recent quest to conquer a 585-mile section of the Continental Divide Trail. Fearing the worst — being rescued — he aborted. Below is the second part of that story …  Conditions improved as I plodded along, I began passing in-and-out […]

Stormin’ Norman tackles tough trail portion

Editor’s note: Somerset’s Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin’ Norman, has written about his adventures section-hiking over the years on the Appalachian, Tahoe Rim, Pacific Crest and Continental trails, three of which make up the prestigeous “Triple Crown.” Not every adventure was successful. Once Stoldt was air-lifted off a mountain. On his recent quest to conquer a […]

Stormin’ Norman masters Yellowstone segment of the Continental Divide Trail

Editor’s note: “Stormin’ Norman,” aka Norm Stolt of Somerset, 70, is on a mission to complete the “Triple Crown” of hiking: the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails. Over the past 10 years Stormin’ has finished the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails, along with the Tahoe Rim Trail.  Last year he planned to hike […]

Feet defeat Stormin’ Norman on CDT

Editor’s note: Somerset section hiker Norm Stoldt, trail name “Stormin’ Norman,” was hoping the “Triple Crown” — hiking the Appalachan, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails  — was within reach.. He planned and prepared to finish a portion of the Continental Divide Trail the summer of 2010. “The man who goes afoot, prepared to camp […]

‘Stormin’ Norman’ hits the trail: CDT

Editor’s note: Stormin’ Norman’ started this year’s treks on the southern portion of the Continental Divide Trail. “Under most conditions, the best roof for your bedroom is the sky.” Fletcher, 1989 The plan I began my 10th season of long distance hiking on the Continental Divide Trail with a 360-mile spring trek through central New […]

Stormin’ tackles Washington portion of the Pacific Crest Trail

Editor’s note: After four years, Stormin’ completed the Pacific Crest Trail with this trek through Washington. Riding down to the Sacramento Amtrak station with my daughter Elizabeth, her husband Kevin and my granddaughter Meiko, my thoughts focused on exchanging the valley’s blistering hot summer days with the cooler temperatures associated with hiking some 500 miles […]

Stormin’s early summer jaunt on the Continental Divide Trail

Editor’s note: Stormin’ continues his mission of achieving the Triple Crown. After several tries on the Continental Divide Trail, he shares his early summer adventures on the CDT in 2009. I approached this year’s 225-mile hike across Wyoming’s Great Basin with an iron will to succeed after failing to achieve my last three Continental Divide […]

Stormin’ returns to the Continental Divide Trail

Editor’s note: Section hiker Norm Stoldt resumed hiking the Continental Divide after healing from an injury earlier in the summer of 2008 that took him off the trail. My summer jaunt on the Continental Divide Trail through Montana was cut short by a stress fracture in my left knee. After two months recovery I decided […]

Stormin’ meets frustration on the Continental Divide Trail

Editor’s note:.This was a frustrating year for “Stormin’ Norman,” but as you will see he never gives up. As I studied the Continental Divide Trail last winter I saw that the New Mexico portion involved considerable walking on gravel or paved roads and those suited to four-wheel drive vehicles. My initial plan was to cycle […]

Stormin’ starts ‘the final jewel’

Editor’s note: In 2007 Stormin’ took on a new challenge. After seven years and 4,500 miles of backpacking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails it was time for a new challenge and a change of scenery. When a hiking companion asked me if I wanted to hike a portion of the Continental Divide Trail with […]

Stormin’ attacks next to last section of the Pacific Crest Trail

Editor’s note: At this writing Somerset’s Norm Stoldt had spent six years section-hiking the Applachian, Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest trails. He still has the Washington section of the PCT left before he will be done. The plan My original plan was to start the end of June and hike southward through both Washington […]

Stormin’ Norman completes California section of the PCT

Editor’s note: Somerset section-hiker Norm Stoldt, trail name “Stormin’ Norman,” shares the story of his third attempt to finish the southern portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. The start of my spring adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail began at Big Bear City. In 2004 I was evacuated by helicopter 30 miles south of there […]

Norm Stoldt, aka ‘Caboose’ heads north

Editor’s note: Somerset’s Norm Stoldt was 63 when he wrote this installment of his section-hiking adventures. He is now 69 years old. This is part 2 of Stoldt‘s second season attacking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Here he takes us from Donner Pass to Ashland, Ore. The adventure Snow in the high Sierras just […]

Stormin’ Norman revisits the Pacific Crest Trail

Editor’s note: Norm Stoldt, who was 63 in 2005, hiked the Appalachian and Tahoe Rim trails despite various physical problems that interrupted some of his adventures. His latest quest, conquering the Pacific Crest Trail, has spanned two years. The plan I intended to begin this adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail east of Bakersfield and […]

Stormin’ retackles the Pacific Crest Trail

Editor’s note: After an injury cut short Stormin’ Norman’s early summer hike in 2004, he resumed his trek on the Pacific Crest Trail after his knee healed. My plan was to hike over the central high Sierra southward 540 miles from Donner to Walker Pass, located some 30 miles east of Bakersfield. But before beginning […]

Stormin’ starts the Pacific Crest Trail

Last year I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail by completing the northern 1,000-mile portion of the renowned trail. The Pacific Crest Trail seemed like the next logical progression. The PCT runs from California’s southern border with Mexico northward to the Canadian border. By air it’s just over 1,000 miles long. On foot it stretches two […]

Stormin’ Norman finishes the Appalachian Trail

Editor’s note: In 2001 after overcoming physical problems that repeatedly delayed his trip, Somerset’s Norm Stoldt walked the first 1,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He returned in 2003 and finished what he’d started. This summer, I backpacked the northern 1,000-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail. The adventure turned out to be much more challenging […]

Stormin’ tackles the Tahoe Rim Trail

Editor’s note: After hiking a segment of the Appalachian Trail in 2001, Somerset’s Norm Stoldt, trail name Stormin’ Norman, decided to stay closer to home in 2002. He shares his 2002 adventures on the Tahoe Rim Trail. After backpacking the first half of the Appalachian Trail last year, covering 1,095 miles in 75 days, I […]

The Appalachian Trail is no walk in the park

This summer, I walked a portion of the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail. I became acquainted with the trail 5 years ago while recovering from knee surgery. With only half the cartilage remaining in my left knee, my doctor encouraged me to quit long distance running and take up a sport with less impact. Looking through […]

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