Tragedy at Trail Days!

The annual Appalachian Trail Days festival was disrupted this past weekened when a vehicle plowed in to a crowd watching the hiker parade as it passed down the main street of town.  Some people were trapped under the car and seriously injured and flown to nearby hospitals.  Here's a recap from USA Today: "DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) — About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small … [Read more...]

How Mark Sanford Can Settle Up With The Appalachian Trail

By now you've heard that Mark Sanford was re-elected this week to South Carolina's First Congressional District after beating Elizabeth Colbert Busch 54 to 45 percent and winning all five counties in the State in a special election. As you likely recall, then-Governor Sanford disappeared from office for six days in June 2009 to spend time, and arguably the State’s money, visiting a mistress in Argentina.  (His office claimed that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.) But what irks we … [Read more...]

ANNUAL PACIFIC CREST TRAIL KICK-OFF EVENT: APRIL 26 – 28

    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 … [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...]

Appalachian Trail 39th Biennial Conference – July 19-26, 2013

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy just announced the date and location of their Biennial conference.  You can follow this link for more information:   http://www.appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/news/2013/04/15/appalachian-trail-enthusiasts-meet-at-western-carolina-university-for-39th-biennial-conference     Asheville, NC (April 15, 2013) – Registration is now open for the 2013 Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Biennial conference, scheduled for July 19-26, at Western Carolina … [Read more...]

Appalachian Trail Virus Runs Rampant In North Carolina

There is a virus running rampant in shelters on the Appalachian Trail in western North Carolina. Not the best place to come down with a stomach bug!!! No Business Knob ShelterPress release from the U.S. Forest Service. Spokesman Stevin Westcott said he is unsure how long it will be before the virus subsides. HOT SPRINGS — Hikers may want to avoid sections of the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, N.C., especially the stretch running north to the Tennessee border. A number of … [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, … [Read more...]

Police Nab “Hermit” Who Lived Anonymously For 27 Years Near The Appalachain Trail In Maine

In 1986, Christopher Knight went in to the woods not far from the Appalachian Trail in Maine and set up camp.  There he lived for 27 years - not having contact with a single human being - except one hiker he met randomly in 1990.   Sounds like he was inspired by Thoreau right?  Well maybe, but what brought him down was that he survived by raiding cabins in the area for food and supplies: "It's been a myth, or legend, that a hermit was responsible," Maine State Trooper Diane … [Read more...]

Rendezvous Motel Catches Fire Near The Appalachian Trail In Pearisburg, VA

Nearly 20 years ago during my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I wandered in to Pearisburg, Virginia after hiking in the rain for ten miles.  The Rendezvous Motel was near the A.T. and it was a welcome break from the rain.  I'll spare you the details (which you can read about at this link), but the owners were very nice, shuttled us around the town, and even slackpacked us for a hike back to the motel the following day.   Unfortunately, the motel caught fire … [Read more...]

Newfound Gap Road Closed Due To Landslide

Fortunately, we had no delays during our annual winter hike in the Smokies last weekend, but Newfound Gap is now officially closed per the Hiking The Smokies blog: "A landslide along Newfound Gap Road near mile marker 22 has caused an extended closure of the road. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) due to a landslide which undercut the road near mile marker 22 between Collins Creeks and Webb Overlook at 9:40 am. The slide is estimated to be a 200 foot … [Read more...]