Wild Premieres Today – November 5th, 2014

 The movie Wild premieres today - November 5th - and details a woman's 1000+ mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Here's an interesting quote in the NY Times from Reece Witherspoon, who plays author Cheryl Strayed in the the movie:"I said to my producing partner, ‘If we can pull this off, this’ll be the first movie, I believe, I can’t recall, but that stars a woman that at the very end has no money, no man, no parents, no job, no opportunities, and it’s a happy ending." … [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...]

How To Start A Fire With A Bag Of Doritos….

In Scouts we were taught to start a fire with two matches, with batteries, steel wool, cotton/vaseline, and by rubbing two sticks together.  But this is one thing that didn't make the Scout Handbook:  … [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...]

Backpacking Sleeping Pillows w/ Glenn (aka The Helmet)

In this video, Glenn (aka The Helmet) shows us two camping pillows that are compact, lightweight, and suitable for the backcountry. You can follow this link for more information on backpacking sleeping pillows, or click here for more information on this hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail near the Toccoa River. … [Read more...]