Return Of The Dana!

In the mid-90', Dana Design was the backpack for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.  I liked mine so much that I bought a second one two years after my thru-hike despite the steep price of $400+ And Dana Gleason, founder of his namesake Dana Designs, has returned to the market!  After selling his company and watching a series of outdoor companies fumble with a once dominant brand - Dana is back (and so is the Terraplane). The U.S. Military and U.S. Forest Service "hot shot" … [Read more...]

Episode #16: Long Trail Podcast Taping – One-Room Schoolhouse, Barton Vermont

Here's Glenn (aka The Helmet) in his blue Clemson shirt at the taping of Episode #16 of The Long Trail  podcast in Barton, Vermont.  Hopefully, the brook running below the deck didn't tank the audio. f His schoolhouse was built in 1858 and decommissioned in the 1960's.  It still has the original  chalk boards inside.  Feeling adventureous?  Ask him for a tour of the attic or the basement!   The front yard is ripe for a pick-up football game which Glenn and my kids enjoyed … [Read more...]

Tell it on the Mountain – New DVD on the Pacific Crest Trail

Just got this DVD in the mail yesterday about the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and look forward to watching it.  It's received solid reviews from some respected members of the Trail community.  So I made the purchase.   I'm sure it will spark a desire to do another thru-hike - although taking six months off to walk in the woods will not fly the Mrs.!  Follow a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike every year. Armed with cameras, they give us an … [Read more...]