Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike 1994 (Short Film)

This is a 5 minute slideshow of some of my favorite pics from my hike on the Appalachian Trail – April 10th to October 15th 1994.  I spent 188 days on the A.T. in ’94 passing through 14 states, 8 national forests, 6 units of the national park system, and 60 state park, forest, or game lands.  The video is higher definition and shorter than this one and was created in April 2019 to mark the 25th anniversary of my hike.  Runtime is 5 minutes, 04 seconds. … [Read more...]

Episode 69: A Dozen Ways To Die

In Episode 69, Cardiac and Drone Boy are back after a nearly two year hiatus to discuss a " Dozen Ways To Die In the Backcountry" - an article that first appeared in Backpacker Magazine in 2008 and was recently published online.  The topic tonight is timely since we record Halloween eve and take a "stab" at the Top 12 reasons hikers and backpackers get killed in the wilderness.  We also discuss what was left off the list (and merits inclusion) plus offer up some lessons to assure you … [Read more...]

New England 2019

Here's the recap of a recent trip to New England. A few backpacking friends and I hit the trail this fall to retrace some steps I took on the the Appalachian Trail 25 years ago to the day. This is one of my favorite sections from Maine, and there's some great shots from Mount Washington to boot... … [Read more...]

Episode 68: Teenage Thru-Hiker

In Episode 68, "IronWill" Callahan joins the show to tell us what it's like being a teenage thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail.  In February of this year, Will left Springer Mountain at the age of 17 and hiked northbound to Woods Hole in Virginia where he discovered he had a fractured tibia.  After taking a break to heal, he returned to the trail to finish his hike - completing the Vermont to Virginia section southbound.   In the podcast, Will talks about what it's like being … [Read more...]

TRAIL DAYS 2019 PODCAST – PART THREE

Gary “Drone Boy” Vaughan recorded N2Backpacking Episode 64 live in my studio on June 8, 2019. This is the third of a three part series with video from the drive up to Damascus, Virginia and back. He also mixes in some interesting drone footage and parade video from the annual event. … [Read more...]

TRAIL DAYS 2019 PODCAST – PART TWO

Gary “Drone Boy” Vaughan recorded N2Backpacking Episode 64 live in my studio on June 8, 2019. This is the second of a three part series with video from the drive up to Damascus, Virginia and back. He also mixes in some interesting drone footage and parade video from the annual event. … [Read more...]

TRAIL DAYS 2019 PODCAST – PART ONE

Gary "Drone Boy" Vaughan recorded N2Backpacking Episode 64 live in my studio on June 8, 2019. This is the first of a three part series with video from the drive up to Damascus, Virginia and back. He also mixes in some interesting drone footage and parade video from the annual event. … [Read more...]

Episode 66B: Motor City Ramblers (A.T. 25th)

In Episode 66, the Motor City Ramblers tell us about their 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the third release in a special bonus series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our hike, and it was recorded at Trail Days on May 13, 1995 in Damascus, Virginia. In this episode, we flashback 25 years to Damascus to sit by the river and talk about the Motor City Rambler's Appalachian Trail thru-hike. The interview was done in a field, with a small handheld mic and cassette tape … [Read more...]

Episode 65: Dream Job

In Episode 65, I speak with an inspiring person who loves the outdoors and found a a way to follow his passion - hiking, camping, and backpacking as a FULL time career over the course of 30+ years. If you are from the South, you likely know the name Johhny Molloy. He is an accomplished outdoor writer and columnist with over 70 camping, fishing, hiking, and padding guidebooks to his credit - covering 26 States in the U.S. with many in the heart of Dixie. We recently met at Trail Days and … [Read more...]

Episode 64: Trail Days 2019

In Episode 64, Gary "Drone Boy" Vaughan returns to the show to discuss our May trip to Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. He recently chauffeured me to the annual event where I joined the Class of 1994 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our thru-hike. In the podcast, we talk about what it's like for a first timer at the event, what it’s like for a veteran of the festival (that hasn’t been for 20 years), and review our experiences at Tent City, in town, and on the parade … [Read more...]