Episode 41 Recorded AT TrailDays 1995

 Episode 41 recorded at #TrailDays 1995 - 20+ years before Pox Holiday made it an annual tradition to interview #thruhikers in Damascus … [Read more...]

Walk In The Woods premieres to mixed reviews

Walk In The Woods premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week to mixed reviews.  Here's a sampling...The Guardian"Plenty of silly little incidents ensue along the way, with lots of jokes about advancing years. Most of these episodes are far too low-stakes to carry a movie and the bigger picture, about two men past their prime trying to figure out what to do in their dotage, is handled far too simply to have real impact. The result is something that is just fine. It’s pleasant enough to watch, but by no means riveting or revolutionary."Hollywood Reporter"A delightful journey with fine star turns by Redford and Nolte that should prove a good draw for finicky older audiences." New  York Post"Tame … [Read more...]

Twas the night before Christmas…

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter, not a creature was stirring – not even a mouse (if you believe that).  Merry Christmas! … [Read more...]

Baxter State Park Needs Federal Funding, And Soon!

There are four times the number of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers hiking and camping in Baxter State Park than there were 20 years ago - when I did my hike.  According to Jensen Bissell, Director of Baxter State Park, this is straining resources.   "From the perspective of Baxter Park, we are concerned that the use of Baxter Park is nearing or has surpassed an acceptable limit for the facilities and effort available from the Park to accomodate A.T. hikers"    A letter to ATC Executive Director, Ron Tiptop, lays out the current issues - many of which focus on thru-hikers that overwhelm park resources and occasionally don't follow the rules of Baxter Park (ie. no public consumption of alchohol or drugs, camping … [Read more...]

#7 Listen to music

Just read an article at Appalachian Trials on "9 Things A Former Thru-Hiker Wishes She Had Known Before Hitting The Trail".  And what was on the list?   My personal favorite.... #7 Listen to music: " It will help keep you positive in the present as you hike and afterwards the music you listened to will become a time machine back to exact moments on the trail. You may not know the place or even the state but the song will bring back a perfectly rendered memory. " Many go in to the woods to leave technology behind.  Yet I work in technology, and I promise you that when I go in to the woods there's nothing more that I want to do than leave technology behind. But when you are hiking ~ 2200 miles to Maine - it's a long, … [Read more...]

Walk In The Woods Filming Begins

Passionate about the Appalachain Trail?  Live in the Southeast (particularly in Atlanta or North Georgia)?  Then this is your big chance to hang with Rob and Nick - they just started filming a Walk In The Woods based on Bill Bryson's A.T. memoir.   The movie is due for release in November 2015, and filming at The Lodge in Amicalola State Park began on 4/22/14.  Extra's casting is reportedly underway per this article in the Gainesville Times, and if your not the Trail Hard type - there's scenes being shot in Atlanta which explains why Robert Redford keeps showing up at Davio's in Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. This is the second major Hollywood film production in the last two years that highlights a thru-hikers journey on a … [Read more...]

Now you can smell like the Trail when you are off the Trail….

Some very clever marketing by the Appalachain Trail Conference.  This is actually a fundraiser for the Appalachian Trail. Very creative ATC.  Well done!   … [Read more...]

Spring Hiking On The Benton MacKaye …

After a unseasonably cool winter, the weather finally broke and we decided to take the kids out for an overnight hike.    We did this one on a Friday night to avoid conflicts with spring sports and with spring break.  Here we are at the parking area at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail. The dog is more excited than anyone and is hauling his own food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  All in - the dog's pack weighs about 8 lbs - nearly the same weight as my empty (and aging) Dana Design backpack! Here we are climbing to Long Creek Falls along the A.T. and headed northbound.  The trail is nice and wide in this area and it is a pleasant walk to the waterfall and junction with the Benton MacKaye Trail. There is … [Read more...]

Spring Has Sprung, Time For A Hike On The Benton MacKaye …

After a unseasonably cool winter, the weather finally broke and we decided to take the kids out for an overnight hike.    We did this one on a Friday night to aviod conflicts with spring sports and with spring break.  Here we are at the parking area at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail.The dog is more excited than anyone and is hauling his own food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  All in - the dog's pack weighs about 8 lbs - nearly the same weight as my empty (and aging) Dana Design backpack!  Here we are climbing to Long Creek Falls along the A.T. and headed northbound.  The trail is nice and wide in this area and it is a pleasant walk to the waterfall and junction with the … [Read more...]

Farewell To Bill Irwin, First Blind Hiker To Hike The Appalachian Trail

I read Bill Irwin's book during my 1994 thru-hike - very inspiring.  He was the first blind hiker to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and did it with the assistance of his dog Orient.  Sad to hear that he has passed over the weekend: "Bill Irwin, who in 1990 became the first and only blind person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail without human assistance or companionship, died Saturday morning." A video story on You Tube...             … [Read more...]