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...]

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...]

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...]

Thru-Hiking – What I Really Do

These "What I Really Do" templates are everywhere these days and now I understand why.  There's actually a template for them on the web.  A hiking friend recently sent me this one, and I have to say that they nailed it for Thru-Hiking. Publish If you've ever hiked long distances on the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, or any major Trail, I think you'll agree. … [Read more...]

There Is Magic On The Appalachian Trail

Spring is a special time on the Appalachian Trail.   Every year, 2000+ people show up at Springer Mountain (the official start of the A.T. in Georgia) to head north.  In 1994, I was one of those people - and ever since I pause for a moment to think about the next group to head North.     This year, I had a friend making the annual pilgrimage and drove across town to meet Scott "Zip" Willits on 3/16/12.  We met up at his sister's house in metro-Atlanta, and it was a beautiful spring day - the kind that makes you want to skip work.  We had some beers, worked on reducing his pack weight, then talked of the adventures to come.  The Mojo was strong, so I met him five days later at Whitley Gap … [Read more...]

The Appalachian Trail In Five Minutes

Five minutes doesn't do the Appalachian Trail justice, but this is an interesting look at the hike.  What is portrayed accurately is that for all the incredible views along the way (and there are many), there is plenty of "green tunnel" time - or moments where you are just making your way North on the 2100+ mile trail. Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo.     … [Read more...]