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REI Alpharetta – Over 800 people waiting in line at 10am

  REI opened their 5th store in the Atlanta metro area today in Alpharetta, GA and clearly their marketing folks have figured it out.  There were over 800 people waiting in line at 10am when the doors opened. Yeah …. people love free stuff, and REI delivered.  The first 200 in the door received a water bottle with a $25-100 gift card […]

Relying Too Much On Technology On The Trail

Here's an interesting article about over reliance on technology on the Trail.  From Glacier National Park and reported by the Magic City Morning Star:    “I don't know what to do,” she said several times. And that, of course, was the problem. They were strangers in this strange land of “no cell service.” No texts. No […]

Bill Irwin, First Blind Hiker To Hike The Appalachian Trail, Is No Longer With Us

I read Bill Irwin's book during my 1994 thru-hike – very inspiring.  He was the first blind hiker to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and did it with the assistance of his dog Orient.  Sad to hear that he has passed over the weekend: “Bill Irwin, who in 1990 became the first and only blind […]

Even Hollywood Stars “Rock” Each Other's Backpacks

It seems that even Hollywood movie stars get their backpacks “rocked” by mischevious friends.  During the filming of Monuments Men which also stars John Goodman and Bill Murray, Actor George Clooney tricked his 'Monuments Men' co-star Matt Damon in to carrying a backpack that was filled with rocks during a gruelling hiking scene.     Realbollywood.com reports […]

Hike Naked Day Comes A Month Early

Traditionally, “Hike Naked Day” is celebrated on the summer solstice (June 21st) on the hiking trails of North America.  After all – it marks the longest, and sometimes hottest, day of the year.  So why not go “a la natural”.  Well apparently Taylor Powers, a University of Colardo undergrad, got a month jump on the […]

Tragedy at Trail Days!

The annual Appalachian Trail Days festival was disrupted this past weekened when a vehicle plowed in to a crowd watching the hiker parade as it passed down the main street of town.  Some people were trapped under the car and seriously injured and flown to nearby hospitals.  Here's a recap from USA Today: “DAMASCUS, Va. […]