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cbethea22
07-17-2009, 12:45
I write for a major national magazine that has asked me to find an interesting AT story....ideally, a profile of an eccentric or offbeat AT character. Any thoughts out there?

Thanks for your help.
Charles

ShelterLeopard
07-17-2009, 12:55
There's always Chicken John.

John B
07-17-2009, 12:56
I think it would be more interesting to find a normal, non eccentric person... loonies are a dime a dozen on the AT.

ShelterLeopard
07-17-2009, 12:56
Just go to a trailhead, ask a hiker about him or herself, and you've got your story.

ShelterLeopard
07-17-2009, 12:58
Just to let you know, it doesn't really help to post twice- people look in the "today's posts" and they'll see whatever is recent.

MOWGLI
07-17-2009, 13:26
I write for a major national magazine that has asked me to find an interesting AT story....ideally, a profile of an eccentric or offbeat AT character. Any thoughts out there?

Thanks for your help.
Charles

Warren Doyle

http://www.warrendoyle.com/

Lone Wolf
07-17-2009, 13:33
I write for a major national magazine that has asked me to find an interesting AT story....ideally, a profile of an eccentric or offbeat AT character. Any thoughts out there?

Thanks for your help.
Charles

i really don't know of any presently hiking or who have recently hiked. all the "eccentric and offbeat" AT characters i know wouldn't submit to an interview. today's hikers are pretty much a dime-a-dozen cookie cutter

MOWGLI
07-17-2009, 13:34
Check your private messages cbethea22.

MOWGLI
07-17-2009, 13:39
i really don't know of any presently hiking or who have recently hiked. all the "eccentric and offbeat" AT characters i know wouldn't submit to an interview. today's hikers are pretty much a dime-a-dozen cookie cutter

Warren would probably consent. He's definitely offbeat, and is currently hiking. He's hardly cookie cutter. And it would be great to see all the folks with their panties in a bunch (once again) when the story made it to print. :D

Lone Wolf
07-17-2009, 13:40
you're right. warren is a good candidate. i forgot. but really he's about it

Bearpaw
07-17-2009, 13:58
Just give 'em the interview Wolf. There would never be another one quite like it.

If you could track him down, I would say look for Beorn (chunks from 1995-2000) or Wyoming Skateboarder from 1999. They were definitely characters.

You could contact Wyoming Skateboarder through TrailJournals (http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=103) maybe.
http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/8/skateboarder.jpg

Of course the real trick would be to get an interview with Lone Wolf. You'd likely be among the first.

saimyoji
07-17-2009, 14:26
MinnesotaSmith.....

Pootz
07-17-2009, 14:49
Warren Doyle

http://www.warrendoyle.com/

I would also vote for Warren Doyle. Very few people who spend more time on the AT the Warren and he fits the eccentric part pretty well.

Lone Wolf
07-17-2009, 14:54
MinnesotaSmith.....

oh yeah. forgot about him too

kayak karl
07-17-2009, 15:03
I write for a major national magazine that has asked me to find an interesting AT story....ideally, a profile of an eccentric or offbeat AT character. Any thoughts out there?

Thanks for your help.
Charles
Gene Epsy, i never get board of listening to him.

Wolf - 23000
07-18-2009, 10:14
There is really no one hikers that in an interview could summarized what a "normal" thru-hikers adventure would be. Ever adventure is different, so why try.

What you could write about is how hiking the AT has change people lives. What hikers did after they finished? Did it make them a stronger person? What about professionally? I'm sure you could write a great article on Life after the Trail.

Just my .02

Wolf

veteran
07-18-2009, 20:32
Ward Leonard?

Lilred
07-19-2009, 00:08
Circuit Rider. He's a preacher that hikes the AT to spread the word. Like in the old west, the preachers rode from town to town. He hikes each year. A modern day circuit rider. Very interesting guy too.

cbethea22
07-19-2009, 19:04
Thanks everybody.

beartrack1
08-26-2009, 13:16
Bill Irwin is the first blind person to hike the entire trail. He tells a good story and he hates hiking! I would also make contact with some of the people who host the hiker hostels. They're the ones who could tell you a lot about the crazies on the trail. The hostel operators have a sort of closed network and all call each other to warn others of what's coming up the trail.

Spogatz
08-26-2009, 15:43
Winton Porter would be a good subject. He could talk about the trail and his new book coming out in Oct.

Jester2000
08-26-2009, 22:03
As you can probably imagine, I think Jester would be a pretty good choice.

aquaman1208
08-26-2009, 22:12
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