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Episode 28: The Benton MacKaye Trail

In Episode 28, Sprinkles and NoKey tell us about their ultimate thru-hiking summer – walking 1400 miles on four major trails on the East Coast – including the Benton MacKaye, Finger Lakes, Northville-Placid and Long Trails. Forewarning, we spend the majority of the podcast discussing their 20 day, ~290 mile hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail – […]

Benton MacKaye Trail Trip Video – March 8, 2015

We had nearly perfect Spring weather for this hike last weekend in North Georgia.  My dog slept for most of the next 24 hours after our 9.7 mile loop hike on and around the Benton MacKaye Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness.  Spring has finally sprung!

Episode 26: Blind Courage

In Episode 26 of the N2Backpacking podcast series, I speak with Director Clint Ross who is hard at work with Producer Paula O'Neal on the film adaptation of the book Blind Courage, which is based on the 1990 Appalachian Trail thru-hike of Bill Irwin – the first legally blind hiker to complete the entire Trail within […]

Just saw this trailer for a movie based on the 90’s book Blind Courage…

Just saw this trailer for a movie based on the 90’s book Blind Courage. Looks like a great film, but they need your support. Follow this link to learn more:  http://www.blindcouragethemovie.com

Is Reese Witherspoon Hiking With A Dog In The Movie Wild?

The filming of the movie Wild has begun, and both Cheryl Strayed and Reese Witherspoon are tweeting photos from the set.  As you recall, the movie is based on Stayed's best selling book which chronicles her adventures (or mis-adventures) on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995.  The wardrobe team got this one right, because they have Witherspoon decked […]

Tough Week For Hikers In Maine

Maine is a tough place to hike – and many expereienced backcountry explorers know that, but this week was exceptionally merciless.  On Tuesday, two women and their dog were rescued at dusk on a backcountry trail at Roque Bluffs State Park, then as they headed home the true tragedy struck.  The Kennebec Journal reports… “Two women hikers who had […]

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 that […]

I Don't Always Walk In The Woods, But When I Do …..

This is classic … from a thru-hiker named 30-Pack that I met on the Appalachian Trail last year a few days north of Springer. He's about to start the Pacific Crest Trail in April …

Springer Mountain … it's that time of year again

It's that time of year again when excited (and sometimes anxious) thru-hikers start arriving at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain.  This year the A.T. clocks in at 2,185.9 miles according to the Appalachian Trail Convervancy's Data Book.  It grew in length by 0.7 miles over last year and included a relocation just […]