Thursday, December 5, 2013

EPISODE 18: THE TRIPLE CROWN – PART ONE | n2backpacking.com

I last spoke with Troubadour in '95 at Trail Days in Damascus, VA, and it was great to catch up with him once again. Since then he's logged nearly 10,000 miles on the Trail - knocking out the Triple Crown among other things.... http://n2backpacking.com/episode-18-the-triple-crown-part-one/

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hiking/Geocaching With The Kids

Hiking/Geocaching With The Kids

Took the kids for a hike this morning and to try some geocaching after spending $10 on an app for the iPhone.  We found the first one quickly, but the second geocache was a challenge.  Here we are standing on top of the hidden treasure and we can't even find it. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

13 YEAR OLD GIRL COMPLETES THE TRIPLE CROWN

13 Year Old Reed Gjonne Hikes Nearly 8000 Miles For The Triple Crown

via N2Backpacking.com http://yourhikes.com/blog/2013/10/13-year-old-girl-completes-the-triple-crown/

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How To Manage The Government Shutdown: A Poor Man’s Old Faithful | n2backpacking.com

The LiveWell network’s Motion Show recently filmed in Yellowstone National Park and found a way to entertain the tourists who were disappointed with the Park’s forced shutdown due to the ongoing political stalemate in D.C. Very funny….

via N2Backpacking.com http://n2backpacking.com/how-to-manage-the-government-shutdown-a-poor-mans-old-faithful/

Sunday, October 6, 2013

San Onofre State Park, Beach Trail #4 Photos - September 25, 2013 | n2backpacking.com

More pics from a recent hike at San Onofre State Park in Southern California..

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Episode 13: The Appalachian Trail | n2backpacking.com

30-Pack from Podcast Episode #13 has made it to Washington State on the 2600 mile Pacific Crest Trail. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202314212883704&set=a.1954766955853.119100.1443083319&type=1&theater His podcast about his 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hike is the most heavily downloaded to date - at close to 600 downloads.... http://n2backpacking.com/episode-13-the-appalachian-trail/ Wanna hear about his PCT hike when he finishes? Maybe we can line him up again - 30-Pack does give a good interview.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

KRAKAUER OFFERS NEW INSIGHT IN TO WHAT KILLED CHRIS MCCANDLESS

What killed Chris McCandless?

via YourHikes.com http://yourhikes.com/blog/2013/09/krakauer-offers-new-insight-in-to-what-killed-chris-mccandless/

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Episode 17: The Continental Divide Trail “Embrace The Brutality” | n2backpacking.com

Had a chance to speak with Jester on his Continental Divide Trail movie "Embrace The Brutality" on Monday. Check out the podcast....

via YourHikes.com http://n2backpacking.com/episode-17-the-continental-divide-trail-embrace-the-brutality/

Thursday, August 15, 2013

MOUNTAIN MAN V'S GOVERNMENT – THE HISTORY CHANNEL'S EUSTACE CONWAY

If you like the show "Mountain Men" .. this is a great article:

via YourHikes.com http://yourhikes.com/blog/2013/08/mountain-man-vs-government-the-history-channels-eustace-conway/

Monday, February 4, 2013

When The Weatherman Blows The Forecast (aka Our Epic Venture To Long Branch Shelter)

It is sunny when we leave Atlanta and the forecast is for temperatures in the 50's in nearby Franklin, N.C.  But as we drive the 2 1/2 hours north to the Appalachian Trail we spot a line of clouds and a cold front pushing in from the Northwest.

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Mobile checks at the Weather Channel has the forecast in constant flux - and deteriorating quickly. The light rain projected to hit in the late afternoon arrives as snow and a winter advisory is issued for North Georgia and Western N.C. 

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But we press on and take the Long Branch Trail two miles and 800 feet up to the ridgeline and the Appalachian Trail at Glassmine Gap.

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Fortunately we have heard rumors of a new shelter in this area but the two-story structure is not yet marked on my A.T. map or in my guidebook.  In fact, there is very little information on the Internet about the shelter - so we send search parties in both directions and run in to a dayhiker who confirms the location at the headwaters of Long Branch.  We continue hiking southbound on the A.T. for about 20 minutes in a driving snow....

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... and there it is, a welcome site and much prefered to tent camping in a snowstorm.

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Thanks to all those hardworking volunteers who built such a great structure. It would have been a long night without it.  We settle in to some beverages, gather water & firewood, then settle in for the night.  Even the dog is happy to be out of the blizzard. 

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And the snow continues in to the night and following morning.  By daybreak we have 8 1/2 inches of snow on the ground - and it is still falling.

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But it does make forsome great pictures - especially when it stops and the sun occassionally breaks through the cloud cover. 

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And Boone Dawg really enjoyed his first snow hike..

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By the time we reach Standing Indian Campground, the storm has moved on and we focus on getting to US 64 via some heavily snow covered roads - in low gear I might ad.   

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In summary .. a great trip - even if the weatherman did blow the forecast!