The Jolly Roger

Two of my backpacking friends had milestone birthdays in 2021, and we had grand plans to celebrate on distant mountains in the western U.S.  But after numerous attempts to synchronize schedules, we settled on a road trip to The Camel's mountain house near Hays, N.C. to celebrate his 60th.  Here we are pulling into his driveway after a long drive from Atlanta. The Camel had neighbors over when we arrived.  So we had a few beverages with them and enjoyed the sunset from the back … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Reasons To Thru-Hike The Appalachian Trail

Top 10 Best Reasons To Thru-Hike The Appalachian Trail

After our 1994 Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Troubadour wrote a few newsletters titled "Beyond Katahdin" so we could all keep in touch. This was a top ten list written by Jester who hiked with us. Still makes me laugh... … [Read more...]

Episode 90: Party Foul!

In Episode 90, we are in the mountains near Hays, North Carolina to discuss "party fouls" or bad hiker etiquette on the trail. In the show, we discuss some of the bad behavior that was frequently mentioned in online articles, posts, and videos. We comment if we've been guilty of it, witnessed it, or agree that it IS indeed bad hiking etiquette. We also suggest what you SHOULD do on the trail and close the podcast with some gear fails that can ruin your day. This is a special interview, … [Read more...]

Episode 89: Stuffsack

In Episode 89, we flashback to 1995 for an interview with StuffSack about his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail the previous year. StuffSack and I stayed in contact after our summer together and were able to connect for this interview when he visited Charlotte, N.C. about four months after we completed our thru-hike. In the interview, StuffSack talks about his first week on the Appalachian Trail, good and bad days, hitchhiking, and his most favorite State on the Trail. This interview is 1 … [Read more...]

Reggie Cozy In His Hammock

Reggie looks cozy in his hammock as he enjoys a cocktail and rides out a nasty thunderstorm on the Chattooga River. … [Read more...]

Episode 85: The Arizona Trail

In Episode 85, "The Man Who Hiked It All" is back on the podcast to tell us about one of his favorite long distance trails - The AZT.  The Arizona Trail is a nearly 800 mile path that runs from Mexico to Utah and Bart Smith thru-hiked it all in 2009 - the year that it was first designated as a National Scenic Trail.  In the show, Bart tells us about his walk through the lowlands of the Sonoran Desert, his climbs to the sky islands of the San Francisco Peaks, and his traverse of the … [Read more...]

Protected: Coors Water Collection System

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Army Training Sir!

We saw four military helicopters pass over us in the Chattahoochee National Forest before dark - then watched red and white strobe lights in the valley below from our campsite. Army training? … [Read more...]

Episode 84: The Shikoku Pilgrimage

In Episode 84, Paul Barach tells us about his 750 mile and 42 day backpacking trip on the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan.  In the show, Paul shares the history of this religious Buddhist route, talks about hiking in traditional pilgrim clothing, and shares some of the challenges that he faced - including heat, hunger, injuries, and infections. You can check out Paul's book "Fighting Monks & Burning Mountains" for all the details, or listen to this interesting discussion about a little … [Read more...]

Protected: New Years Hikes 2004-2020

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