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    by Published on 03-28-2015 19:57

    Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia died Sunday March 15, 2015 when a tree felled by strong winds crashed on top of him near the Ed Garvey Shelter near the southern end of the Maryland trail segment. A hiking companion, Michael Sparks, said the tree was dead and had been marked with a pink ribbon, apparently meant to identify it for cutting.

    "As park rangers, we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss on Sunday," Settina said. "As the hiking season gets underway, we are taking immediate precautionary action to thoroughly assess and address any potential hazards at AT shelters and campsites."

    She said her agency closed the shelters in consultation with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Maryland's partners in overseeing the trail segment.
    The trail is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

    Folks, I wanted to share this on WB so that hikers out there in the Hot Springs area can be looking for this jerk and get him off the trail. This is what makes ladies fearful. This was shared on a FB page for Appalachian Trail Women Backpackers:

    "Hi ladies. I wanted to share a bit of disturbing news from a female 2015 thru-hiker, who was harassed and stalked by a man masquerading as a hiker but who she suspects is homeless, near Laughing Heart Hostel in Hot Springs, NC. According to her, he started following her and telling her that he was a convicted felon and had stabbed someone in the past. Fearing for her safety, she has since gotten off trail temporarily and notified the forest service with a description of this guy. If you are hiking through the area, please be on the look out. The man is about 5'10' ' 160 lbs, strung out on crack, red facial hair and unkempt red hair. He wears non hiker clothes and has a thick southern accent. He goes by the name "Red," but his real name is Daniel E Reece."
    by Published on 01-09-2015 21:11

    Dear Yosemite Hiking Community,

    I wanted to take this opportunity to share information with you about the John Muir Trail (JMT) within Yosemite National Park. Over the last several years, Yosemite National Park has seen a significant increase in demand for permits to hike the JMT. During that time, there also has been an increase in the number of impacts related to JMT hikers along the trail corridor. Last summer, for example, there were 31 reported bear incidents in the Yosemite Wilderness; 30 of which occurred along the JMT. In addition, popular backcountry camps have seen a sharp increase in overnight users which is affecting the quality of the visitor experience. The increased demand for JMT permits has also lead to some hikers skirting the traditional permit system, which has made it more difficult for non-JMT hikers to obtain wilderness permits for other trails within Yosemite National Park.
    by Published on 01-09-2015 12:17

    The Appalachian Trail, also known as the Appalachian Trail National Scenic or the A.T..
    This well renowned hiking trail extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The Appalachian Trail is marked with white rectangles, 3x6 inches, white blazes. The Appalachian Trail is 2189.2 miles in length (as of 2015). It passes through 14 states, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
    by Published on 01-08-2015 18:50

    Here are some very helpful articles that will help individuals planning to hike the Appalachian Trail
    by Published on 01-08-2015 18:15

    Commonly asked question about the Appalachian Trail

    What is the Appalachian Trail?
    The Appalachian Trail is a national scenic trail that extending from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

    How long is the Appalachian Trail?
    As of 01 January 2015, it is 2189.2.
    by Published on 04-20-2013 22:19

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