"Hiking is as close to God as you can get without going to Church." - BobbyJo Sargent aka milkman COUNTRY BOY (CLICK)
I always use the AT shuttle list. I don't see Birchy (or Keith) on that list.
"Chainsaw" GA-ME 2011
who cares, as long as there's free ice cream...
Proof... you need proof? If you have Facebook go to search function. Type Keith Champagne. A picture will show up of him, also a birthdate that corresponds to the birthdate on the criminal records site. Also has his trail name "birchy" in the name of his Facebook info... that's all the proof I'll be able to provide minus somehow taking his license and taking trail registers to a hand writing expert.
It's not like the hostel is still open, this is just a heads up for people that may be considering using the shuttle service mostly, or anyone that he offers to stay with him, despite no longer having the shuttle. Not exactly a reputable guy or driver.
Also, I believe him and his mother, Teri aka mountain rose aka mountain lady were the hostel owners. If you look through past threads (like a few years ago now, I think). THey've been called out on being misleading about who they were in the past. Also, you can go to trailforums.com and type high mountain haven in the search bar. The threads that come up are titled "creepy guy"
Like I said, more of a warning to just be alert if around this guy.
Regardless of what kind of past the owners may or not have I've read too many negative reviews of the place to have wanted to stay there anyway.
Thanks for the heads up, righto!
Some people take the straight and narrow. Others the road less traveled. I just cut through the woods.
Yes, thank you...as I do plan on hiking in this area next month....
Birchy and Mountain Rose were very nice to me last August. I left my truck at their place for a week and I was shuttled to Boiling Springs to start a weeklong hike to Harpers Ferry. Their place was about two or three days into my hike, so I was able to resupply midhike. I was picked up in Harpers Ferry. They charged me less than what was quoted at the start. Also, Birchy hiked with me a bit and camped twice on the trail. They provided at least two dinners to me, and also a dinner for a young couple at Antietem Shelter. Free. I found them both friendly and knowledgable. I hope to meet up with them again and I wish them the best.
No-name, you are both right, while you had a positive experience Right-o has done the homework and discovered too many skeletons. I don't need proof.
This thread makes my brain hurt.
These are different times, The consequence of Birchy's past actions cannot be hidden from the very public that needs trust to do business with him. A sort of Angie's List for Backpackers if you will. It only matters to people that may use his shuttle service in the future - when he gets out of jail. People will forget, people will get lied to, It's really up to him to make the change to make it right going forward. Some will continue to associate with him others like me won't. (Based on past interactions with similar shady people in recent past)
I honestly don't care anymore on this subject... Done.
Last edited by Wise Old Owl; 07-04-2012 at 13:15.
Last edited by rocketsocks; 07-05-2012 at 06:12. Reason: my take!
I think enough has been said about this her. Closing thread.
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