Tough Times & Sassafras Mountain

Russell Bridge Trailhead 9-15-01

There was a period nearly 20 years ago when times were tough.  Airlines stopped flying, people stopped working, and the media spouted doom and gloom on cable TV for 24 hours a day.  It was 9/11/01, and my first impulse was to get to the wilderness.  So when the weekend came, that is exactly what we did.  Here we are at the Chattooga River trailhead in 2001. Tough times are here again – albeit in a very different scenario.  Stay at home orders are in place, schools are … [Read more...]

Episode 74: The Pandemic Podcast

In Episode 74, we record at a historic time.  Coronavirus has caused a worldwide pandemic.  The governor of Georgia just cancelled school for the year and ordered a "shelter in place" mandate across the State.  So tonight we skip the studio interview, record with a combo of Skype, Join Me, and Zoom, and embrace the social distancing guidelines of the CDC.   In the show, we discuss our time on the Trail this month, talk about how hiking has changed over the last two … [Read more...]

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...]

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 one of … [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...]

BirdShooter’s Takeaways From Trail Days 2019

BirdShooter’s takeaways from Trail Days 20191. Trail Days is 10X the size it was when I last went in 1999 (our 5th year reunion)2. Separating the town from Tent City was a good idea3. Any registered police officer within a 6 county area works Trail Days4. Hiking 40 miles in to Damascus is easier than finding parking at Trail Days5. Trail Days is a business, there were ~60 vendors this year6. Trail Days is a party, somethings never change7. Tent City is a visual, cultural, and culinary … [Read more...]

Episode 63: Black Sunshine

In Episode 63, I speak with Black Sunshine about his 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the second release in a flashback series where we speak with 11 prospective thru-hikers about their attempt to complete the A.T. in a single year. It was recorded in Charlotte, N.C. on March 5th, 1995, and is part of a series to honor the 25th anniversary of our '94 thru-hike on the A.T. In the episode, Black Sunshine tells us about his winter start in Georgia, the Virginia blues, and his … [Read more...]