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...]

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...]

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...]

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.  (  March 30-31:  Franklin’s April Fools Trail Days in Franklin, N.C. … [Read more...]