3W – Thru-Hiker Rendevous

I have a friend hiking the Appalachian Trail this year and his schedule (and some inclement weather) had him take a zero day in Gatlinburg, TN which gave us an opportunity to catch up with him last weekend.  Here is the World Wide Wanderer (aka 3W) relaxing on the balcony of the LeConte View Motel. He shared some photos and video from the Trail and detailed his first three weeks on the A.T.  We absorbed it like a sponge, then offered to buy him dinner - a gesture that no thru-hiker … [Read more...]

Amicalola Falls State Park 1994 v’s 2017

April 10, 1994 - 23rd anniversary of my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail.  Pic taken at Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia. And here is Phillip (aka World Wide Wanderer) in the same location two weeks ago when I dropped him off for his thru-hike.  The landscaping has definitely improved around the Visitor's Center over the years.  Go Phillip Go! … [Read more...]

Episode 41: Trail Days 1995

In Episode 41, we revisit Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia on March 13, 1995.  The town has hosted the biggest event on the Appalachian Trail for over 30 years and most of these interviews were recorded live at the annual festival.  If you have ever wondered what it was like to thru-hike the A.T. in the early 90's - now is your chance.  The podcast is a remix of interviews that I did with ten hikers that were on the Trail in 1994. Yes there were far fewer backpackers on the Appalachian … [Read more...]

Ramrock Mountain 2002 v’s 2016

Here's what 14 years can do to an overlook on the Appalachian Trail.  Ramrock Mountain and the view in 2002... And the same view looking toward the southeast in 2016.  Note the rock in the center of the photo and tree cover in the background.  The tree to the left in the photo above is no longer there. Granted - the 2002 photo was taken in March with no leave cover and the above photo was taken in May, but it's amazing how fast the Southern forest grows.  We enjoyed what … [Read more...]

Episode 32: Backcountry 201 – Advanced Rookie Mistakes

In Episode 32, the conversation on Rookie Mistakes continues as we sit fireside on Justus Creek along the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia. In this discussion, Beer Run, PokeyBo, and Therm Rider talk about some classic rookie moves: taking the wrong gear, hiking above your skill level, and taking too much. “Backcountry 201” is the second installment in this mini-series where we sit around the campfire and discuss the fundamentals of backpacking.  In this episode, we go "off trail" a … [Read more...]

Episode 31: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

In Episode 31, we discuss the life and legacy of Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, who at 67 years old was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.  Author Ben Montgomery gives us an intimate look at this extraordinary lady who overcame financial hardship, survived domestic and sexual abuse, and had 11 children and 23 grand children when she left a small town in Ohio to walk the A.T. in 1955. The book, Grandma Gatewood's Walk is now a New York Times best seller, and Ben gives … [Read more...]

Episode 29: SOBO

In Episode 29, we discuss the expected surge of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers this spring and why a southbound hike might be the right decision for you in 2016.  On the show, Popeye talks about his southbound (SOBO) thru-hike and we debunk many of the myths of walking south from Maine to Georgia: dealing with the weather, the insects, the lack of community, the lack of services, and the immediate challenge of terrain. Popeye and I met at Tray Mountain when he was only three days from … [Read more...]

Walk In The Woods pre-screening in Midtown Atlanta

Walk In The Woods pre-screening in Midtown Atlanta last night with Ken "The Weasel" Knight. No VIP passes for us but thankfully we did get seats. And Amy Knight earned them after her work on the Konnarock crew doing Appalachian Trail work for a week this (and last) summer in Virginia. Those are the real heroes of the A.T. - the volunteers that build and manage it. The movie is in theaters Labor Day weekend - based on the book by Bill Bryson. Ken/I are in the first 20 minutes, and the … [Read more...]

My back end made the Walk In The Woods movie trailer….

My back end made the Walk In The Woods movie trailer - minute 131 - wonder if that's what 20 hours of filming as an extra gets you?  A great experience nonetheless - movie is out this Labor Day weekend.... … [Read more...]

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