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    Default 20 Years of Whiteblaze — Happy (belated) Anniversary !

    Happy belated Anniversary to Whiteblaze!

    Hard to believe it started 20 years ago last month.

    At the time that other personality-driven site (now defunct) was just about the only on-line option, and many of the first participants here were refugees from it.

    It took me a few months to come on over, but so glad I did.

    As one who hiked alone and without the benefit of any trail friends (much less trail family) it has been great getting to know the community and learning about the trail here.

    For me Whiteblaze has been more than just casual entertainment or a great source of knowledge, but rather a source of connection to both the physical and social trail that I would have missed otherwise.

    While there are a lot more resources today, to my mind there will only be one Whiteblaze.

    Congrats on reaching your 20th anniversary.

    You did well (and good).

    RickB 19AT3

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    Wow, 20 years! Congrats WB!

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    Happy birthday whiteblaze and thanks there's a ton and half of information here!

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    I certainly have gotten a great deal from this site. Thanks to all those who keep it going.

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    I have always enjoyed this site. Sometimes it has been entertaining. I have witnessed [and tried to stay out of] many verbal skirmishes on here in years past and have noticed that most of those who participated have moved on. The info I have gleaned here has been extremely valuable to me.
    Thank You and Happy Birthday!

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    Well said, rickb! It's been great learning from people on this site and a few times meeting people who post here.

    Many thanks to Rick Towle (attroll) who's kept this site going, often at his own personal expense, for so long!
    It's all good in the woods.

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    That's impressive, coming from an almost-charter member.

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    Congrats on 20 years, and thanks to Rickb for noting it!

    Took me a long time to become a donating member, but I'm glad I started several years ago.

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    Happy 20!

    I was also one of the refugees from the other site. It was great to find this site where I received better information, better advice, and I was allowed to disagree without getting kicked off!
    The older I get, the faster I hiked.

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    I wish there could be a reunion, where Baltimore Jack could come back and go in circles with Warren D and Lone Wolf about just about anything. His resupply article was my #1 "guide" for my first attempt at a thru hike. I miss Weary's no-back-down push for conservation. I miss Miss Janet's insight on the pulse of the AT community, and Ron Haven's all-around friendliness. There were some great sagas: Minnesota Smith, the FKT's - there have been tremendous outpourings of support, and of course gossip and opinion. This place was my number one resource for news updates about trail-related tragedies like Meredith Emerson and Geraldine Largay. I think a lot of us scattered among "non-hikers" in "the real world" could come to Whiteblaze and feel a little sense of comfort interacting with others who get us, and understand things like why we are so bothered about the news of a stranger called Stronghold.

    I don't social media, but I suppose that's similar to Whiteblaze. Except this site never tried to sell me a damn thing through data-mined ads, or tried to sway my political opinion. It was about the purest interaction you could have with the trail community from away. Nowadays, it's a lot more like off-season hiking, when the early days were like being in the NOBO bubble. I still stop in occasionally and definitely revisit some of the old days by searching something like "Baltimore Jack Kennebec River" or "Gator Gump". And I'll still look at pictures from the good ole days when there were water balloon fights at Trail Days and lines for a payphone....and before my beard was completely gray. I definitely still enjoy seeing posts by some of the old faces like Lone Wolf, Tipi Walter, Teej, and Rickb just to name a few....but I do miss the heyday of this site.

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    Very cool, happy 20th!
    Plaid is fast! Ticks suck, literally... It’s ok, bologna hoses off…
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    Very Cool!! I've always enjoyed, learning, giving experienced input and putting out sticky food for thought over the years!! Keep it up WB!!
    Take Time to Watch the Trees Dance with The Wind........Then Join In........

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    wooo HOOOO - - - WOW - yes, it has been twenty years.
    I migrated over in 2002 when "The Backpacker" started to dry up.
    Then, I got "caught up" in life and the pack just hung on the wall for several years. I got up to the GSM a couple of years ago and it was awesome just for a couple of days.
    I truly admire you young guys and gals that still keep the spirit alive.
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    Walk, Stumble, Fall Down - Walk, Stumble, Fall Down - Walk, Stumble, Fall Down - Repeat as many times as necessary until you get it right.

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    20 years!!!! WooHoo!!! Hard to beleive. I think I made it in the first 1,000 members. I wonder what they are all doing now. Love this site. Thank you for all you do!
    .....Someday, like many others who joined WB in the early years, I may dry up and dissapear....

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    Congratulations to Rick Towle for an incredible success with the WhiteBlaze website. The information and community here have helped so many hikers.

    And thanks to all those diligent and hard-working moderators over the years.

    Thanks too to Rickb for this post.

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    What a great service, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauriep View Post
    Congratulations to Rick Towle for an incredible success with the WhiteBlaze website. The information and community here have helped so many hikers.

    And thanks to all those diligent and hard-working moderators over the years.

    Thanks too to Rickb for this post.
    Yeah what she said!
    One last raised glass and toast to Whiteblaze!
    Don't worry you'll be 21 next year and can join in....

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    Quote Originally Posted by putts View Post
    I wish there could be a reunion, where Baltimore Jack could come back and go in circles with Warren D and Lone Wolf about just about anything. His resupply article was my #1 "guide" for my first attempt at a thru hike. I miss Weary's no-back-down push for conservation. I miss Miss Janet's insight on the pulse of the AT community, and Ron Haven's all-around friendliness. There were some great sagas: Minnesota Smith, the FKT's - there have been tremendous outpourings of support, and of course gossip and opinion. This place was my number one resource for news updates about trail-related tragedies like Meredith Emerson and Geraldine Largay. I think a lot of us scattered among "non-hikers" in "the real world" could come to Whiteblaze and feel a little sense of comfort interacting with others who get us, and understand things like why we are so bothered about the news of a stranger called Stronghold.

    I don't social media, but I suppose that's similar to Whiteblaze. Except this site never tried to sell me a damn thing through data-mined ads, or tried to sway my political opinion. It was about the purest interaction you could have with the trail community from away. Nowadays, it's a lot more like off-season hiking, when the early days were like being in the NOBO bubble. I still stop in occasionally and definitely revisit some of the old days by searching something like "Baltimore Jack Kennebec River" or "Gator Gump". And I'll still look at pictures from the good ole days when there were water balloon fights at Trail Days and lines for a payphone....and before my beard was completely gray. I definitely still enjoy seeing posts by some of the old faces like Lone Wolf, Tipi Walter, Teej, and Rickb just to name a few....but I do miss the heyday of this site.
    That would be very cool a meet and greet camp.

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    Congrats and Happy BD
    Trail Miles: 4,400
    AT Map 1: Complete 2013-2021
    AT Map 2: 279.4
    Sheltowee Trace Map: 230
    BMT Map: 52.7
    Pinhoti Trail Map: 31.5

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