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...]

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...]

#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...]

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...]

The Movie Wild And Reece Witherspoon’s Early 90’s Backpacking Look

The filming of the movie Wild has begun, and both Cheryl Strayed and Reese Witherspoon are tweeting photos from the set.  As you recall, the movie is based on Stayed's best selling book which chronicles her adventures (or mis-adventures) on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995.  The wardrobe team got this one right, because they have Witherspoon decked out in a vintage external frame backpack and old school leather hiking boots (complete with colored laces). The movie is set to release in 2014 and you can see more photos here.  Is she hiking with a dog in this movie? … [Read more...]

Reese Witherspoon Set To Star In Wild, A Story Of Discovery On The Pacfic Crest Trail

  Wild, a best-selling book of Cheryl Strayed’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail is about to become a movie staring Reese Withersoon.  HollywoodReporter.com reports that ...    "Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to Wild, a screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir that will star Reese Witherspoon.  The film is scheduled to begin production in the late fall once a director is chosen and will be overseen by Fox Searchlight Pictures president of production Claudia Lewis and senior vp production David Greenbaum." Photo by: Jason Merritt/Getty Images The book recounts how Strayed, after the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, decided to a hike a thousand miles of … [Read more...]


Nearly 20 years ago, I saw this sign while hiking northbound on the Appalachian Trail that directed me (via a blue-blazed Trail) in to the town of Monson, Maine. Here's how it looked back then with the fall foilage near peak and my hiking companion Harry (Delta Force) contemplating the two mile side hike to town. I spent two nights in Monson at Shaw's Boarding House before hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness, and another night here after I summited Katahdin.   Mr. and Mrs. Shaw ran the hostel and were incredibly kind.  Each day they served up generous helpings of food at breakfast ($5) and dinner ($8). When Mr. Shaw found out that I hadn't photographed a moose on the hike, he immediately loaded me in … [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...]

Spring Festivals On The Appalachian Trail – 2012

A while back, I subscribed to the ATC Southern Regional Office Newsletter to keep up on activities along the Appalachian Trail in the South.  In the March 2012 issue, it said ...   With spring lurking around the corner, it's an exciting time of year!  We hope you'll join us for some of the many activities that ATC and our partners are involved with this month.   The activities have been timed with the northbound migration of the 2012 thru-hiker pack, and there is no shortage of events:   March16-18: “Spring on Springer” AT Trail Fest in Dahlonega, Ga.  (www.Dahlonegatrailfest.org)  March 30-31:  Franklin’s April Fools Trail Days in Franklin, N.C. … [Read more...]