Return Of The Dana!

In the mid-90', Dana Design was the backpack for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.  I liked mine so much that I bought a second one two years after my thru-hike despite the steep price of $400+And Dana Gleason, founder of his namesake Dana Designs, has returned to the market!  After selling his company and watching a series of outdoor companies fumble with a once dominant brand - Dana is back (and so is the Terraplane).The U.S. Military and U.S. Forest Service "hot shot" fire-fighting crews have been the beneficiary of Dana's skills over the last few years - but the packs are once again available to the public.  There is a great article about this at GearJunkie.com, and hopefully I can land a … [Read more...]

Signs it’s time for a hike …. the Hampton Inn gives you a room key with hikers on it!!!

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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...]

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...]

Tragedy at Trail Days!

The annual Appalachian Trail Days festival was disrupted this past weekened when a vehicle plowed in to a crowd watching the hiker parade as it passed down the main street of town.  Some people were trapped under the car and seriously injured and flown to nearby hospitals.  Here's a recap from USA Today: "DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) — About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town. Washington County director of emergency management Pokey Harris said no fatalities had been reported. The injuries ranged from critical to superficial, he said. Three of the victims were flown by helicopters to regional … [Read more...]

ANNUAL PACIFIC CREST TRAIL KICK-OFF EVENT: APRIL 26 – 28

pcttrailsidereader:It is ADZPCTKO time again.  April 26 - 28, hundreds of PCT hikers, trail angels, and friends of the trail will gather at Lake Morena.  Here are a photo from the 2012 Kick-Off. On both Friday and Saturday evenings this year, stories from The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers will be read (Liz Bergeron will read Walkin’ Jim Stoltz’s “Out on the Crest Trail” and Russ Mease will read “Facing My Fears on Three-Fingered Jack” on Friday and Ryan Forsythe will read “Sometimes They Come Back” on Saturday).Hot of his 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hike, 30 Pack will be at Lake Morena as he takes on the Pacific Crest Trail this year!  Best Wishes … [Read more...]

Pacific Crest Trail DVD Just Released

Just got this DVD in the mail yesterday about the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and look forward to watching it.  It's received solid reviews from some respected members of the Trail community.  So I made the purchase.  I'm sure it will spark a desire to do another thru-hike - although taking six months off to walk in the woods will not fly the Mrs.! Follow a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike every year. Armed with cameras, they give us an insider's view into what it takes to spend half a year living in the wild. … [Read more...]

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike 1994

Here is a video slideshow of my 1994 Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. I mixed the video two years later in Charlotte, NC using an old VHS camera and a mic/mixing system from the Video Editor. The technology is archaic by today's standards but it captured the moment at the time. The slideshow clocks in at nearly 40 minutes which is likely too long for most, and my kids tell me I sound a bit sad in the early narration. But be patient - things pick up as we close in on Katahdin.  If nothing else, it's a look back at the A.T. in the early 90's - before modern technology caught up with the Trail and when few hikers were equipped to record the moment - other than with a 35mm camera. I hope to make a shorter, more upbeat, and a more … [Read more...]

Whitley Gap Shelter Photos – March 23, 2012

Here's some photos from the Whitley Gap Shelter on the evening of  March 23, 2012.  There were lots of thru-hikers in the house - and the weather cleared in time for a great sunset.  Best wishes Class of 2012! BirdShooter A stormy start to the day.  It rained all morning and in to the afternoon.  The forecast was for it to continue in to the night - but fortunately that didn't pan out. Zip and WalkAndEats at the Whitley Gap Shelter.  Zip is joined by his two dogs Skye and Mojo.  So I guess there really is Mojo on the trail (as I wrote in a previous article).  KC (aka 30 Pack) watching the sun set over Cow Rock Mountain and the Appalachian Trail.  He hiked this … [Read more...]