Even Hollywood Stars “Rock” Each Other's Backpacks

It seems that even Hollywood movie stars get their backpacks "rocked" by mischevious friends.  During the filming of Monuments Men which also stars John Goodman and Bill Murray, Actor George Clooney tricked his 'Monuments Men' co-star Matt Damon in to carrying a backpack that was filled with rocks during a gruelling hiking scene.  Realbollywood.com reports that per Clooney's request the props guys filled Matt's backpack with solid metal bricks, which weighed about 50 pounds:"The other people's packs had lightweight padding but Clooney told them to act as if they felt super heavy.By the end of the day Damon was sweating profusely and after the scenes were canned, he dropped his pack, opened it and … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip – Part Two (Coming Soon)

Had a chance to record a podcast with Mackie recently for "The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip - Part Two".  It's in the editing room right now and should be ready for release by the end of this week. In the meantime, check out "The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip - Part One" if you haven't already.  It will get you primed for Part Two and recaps a cross-country hiking/backpacking trip I did with Snyder (aka The Ox) two years after my 1996 trip with Mackie (who is shown above at our interview in Richmond, VA). … [Read more...]

Hike Naked Day Comes A Month Early

Traditionally, "Hike Naked Day" is celebrated on the summer solstice (June 21st) on the hiking trails of North America.  After all - it marks the longest, and sometimes hottest, day of the year.  So why not go "a la natural".  Well apparently Taylor Powers, a University of Colardo undergrad, got a month jump on the annual event.  She was arrested this past weekend, high on mushrooms and hiking totally naked in Chautauqua Park near Boulder, CO with two friends.  Fox 31- Denver, the local affiliate reports:" Those in need of rescue rarely fight off emergency responders, but such was the case with a 21-year-old student who had stripped naked after getting high on mushrooms and going into a state of distress in the … [Read more...]

Bill Bryson's A Walk In The Woods, set to start filming?

There have been rumors of a movie being made about Bill Bryson's book A Walk In The Woods for the last few years.  But is it finally going to happen?  If you believe the LA Times, then maybe...." But now, in what portends to be great news for fans of the book, not to mention fans of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, veteran filmmaker Richard Linklater is set to take the helm. The Los Angeles Times reports that shooting of the independently financed movie could begin as early as this fall, according to Robert Redford, who will produce and star in the film. Nick Nolte will star as Katz opposite Redford’s Bryson."I'm still having troule seeing Nick Nolte as Katz, but then again ... I haven't seen … [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...]