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  1. Odd thought that has never occurred to me .

    I'm a senior citizen that read The Lord of the Rings book series years ago to my kids.
    I've had more odd thoughts long distance hiking than I ever imagined as being possible.....but never even...
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    I don't know if it's still in effect this year...

    I don't know if it's still in effect this year but in previous years the campground would allow parking for $1.00 a night,
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    New Outfitter in Erwin TN.

    https://wcyb.com/news/local/grand-opening-of-erwins-outdoor-supply-store
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    Wow! I always thought all ramen was pretty much...

    Wow! I always thought all ramen was pretty much the same. I've got to get more in touch with my taste buds!
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    Truly interesting. Thanks for the posting.

    Truly interesting. Thanks for the posting.
  6. Article containing interesting stories of Big Bald Mountain

    https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Hobbies-Interests/2019/02/17/SECRETS-OF-BIG-BALD-MOUNTAIN
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    Interesting new fabric being developed

    This sounds too good to be true. I hope it's produced before I die of old age.https://phys.org/news/2019-02-scientists-fabric-automatically-cool-insulate.html
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    Congratulations! It may take awhile for the shock...

    Congratulations! It may take awhile for the shock to wear off but soon you'll be wondering how you ever had time to work! As was mentioned in previous responses....you have done some valuable...
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    This might sound a bit ridiculous....but I...

    This might sound a bit ridiculous....but I suggest that the best plan is no plan other than to bring the gear you feel comfortable with, a cell phone and enough food to get you the 30 or so miles to...
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    Rich Mountain fire tower restored

    https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/11/21/forest-fire-lookout-association-restores-rich-mountain-fire-tower/1977942002/
    The fire tower located on the trail a few miles north of Hot...
  11. Some members of our AT family can use some emotional support right now.

    Several years ago Liz and Fred Nichols moved to the Hot Springs NC area. They knew nothing about the AT or all the hikers that come through town. When they learned about the AT and saw all the hikers...
  12. New food warming methodology for UL/SUL folks

    https://gearjunkie.com/crotch-pot-gossamer-gear
  13. Interesting new communication technology

    https://gearjunkie.com/bivy-stick-satellite-messenger
  14. Best peak identification app for use on the AT

    Anyone use a "peak identification app" while hiking the AT? I'm looking for recommendations for what one might be best for use on the east coast. A friend just returned from a section hike on the...
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    Your intentions are very admirable. I would...

    Your intentions are very admirable. I would suggest that you contact existing clinics in trail towns and ask what they treat hikers for. They may have some suggestions as to how you could best be of...
  16. Just when you think you've seen it all....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K8A3WJnYkI
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    Dan was a kind, generous, memorable human being....

    Dan was a kind, generous, memorable human being. An Army veteran, a valuable asset to the Hot Springs and the A.T communities....and a personal friend of mine. He will be deeply missed.
  18. Maybe they'll make this tent in a UL model

    https://gearjunkie.com/cinch-smart-tent-led-light-solar-charging
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    Matty! As was mentioned previously it's good...

    Matty!

    As was mentioned previously it's good to hear from you!
    Have you been at or near the Doyle lately?
  20. Article addressing extending the south end of the AT

    https://www.annistonstar.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-bring-the-at-to-alabama/article_0c7052bc-0df0-11e8-8101-9fb77b617709.html
  21. I got this tip from female hiker that raised...

    I got this tip from female hiker that raised several kids. Check out the baby food section in whatever grocery store you resupply in. There is a fair selection of dehydrated fruit and vegetable...
  22. Odd bit of info to consider to while we're digesting our Christmas calories

    https://www.reddit.com/r/AppalachianTrail/comments/5qbckg/heelstrike_hemolysis_could_be_causing_fatigue_for/
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    Curious new boot design

    https://gearjunkie.com/under-armour-fat-tire-govie-se-boa
  24. As per the box label each pouch weighs 2.43...

    As per the box label each pouch weighs 2.43 ounces. Calculates out to 123 calories per ounce.
  25. Possibility for a new lightweight trail food

    https://www.duncanhines.com/products/perfect-size-for-one/ps41-apple-cinnamon-muffin/
    Like most hikers, I'm always scanning the grocery store shelves for new, lightweight trail foods. Came across...
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