Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style - YouTube

Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style - YouTube

I thought the PCT style is very clever. I went backpacking to Shining Rock Gap in NC this past weekend. I did the PCT style bear bag with about 14 ft up the trees and 7 ft away from the tree. However, the next day, my bear bag was gone. Apparently, Mr. Bear had tugged on the bag for 30 minutes until the sticks had broken. What a smart bear????

Thru-hikers begin Appalachian Trail northbound hikes - Roanoke Outdoor Recreation |

There are many beautiful sights along the Appalachian TrailAccording to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website, about 1,500 northbound hikers start the journey each year during March and April, with 30 or more hikers starting each day.
The northbound hikers will face winter weather and deep snow in some places as they begin their journey; however, the weather will become more mild through the Mid-Atlantic states before turning cold again in New Hampshire and Maine.
Those hiking south face more difficulties including swarms of black flies and muddy trails in Maine in June, hot and humid weather in the Mid-Atlantic, hiking during hunting season and cold, winter weather at the end of their hike.
There are as many reasons to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail as there are hikers. A recent blog titled, "35 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail" shows many of the reasons hikers choose to walk five million steps on their hiking journey.
Thru-hiking isn't the only way to hike the Appalachian Trail. Section hikers start at any point on the trail and hike a section at a time, as time and weather permits.
These alternatives are known as "flip-flop" or "leapfrog" hikes. The advantages to section hiking include having fewer hikers on the trail with you and easier terrain and weather along the way.

Thru-hikers begin Appalachian Trail northbound hikes - Roanoke Outdoor Recreation |
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Volunteers Needed For Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 2013 Biennial

Volunteers Needed For Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 2013 Biennial

Cullowhee, NC (January 23, 2013) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Cullowhee 2013 Biennial, hosted by the five southern maintenance clubs of the Appalachian Trail, is currently seeking volunteers to assist during the event scheduled for July 19 through 26 at Western Carolina University. Volunteers are needed to lead hikes, register guests, support workshops, distribute information, and assist with parking, camping, and reception coordination.
Volunteer shifts range from four-hour shifts to full-day commitments and are welcome anytime during the week. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and are invited to attend a special volunteer reception on Monday, July 22.
“Volunteers have always been critical to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s operations, and these events are no different. We need volunteers to make it a success,” said the event Steering Committee Chair, Lenny Bernstein.
The event will feature hundreds of organized hikes on the Appalachian Trail and other western North Carolina trails. Attendees will also have the chance to learn about hiking, gear, history, and Trail maintenance techniques, as well as have the opportunity to meet new people who are passionate about the Trail and its management.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world.  Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing Trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.
For more information about the ATC’s Cullowhee 2013 or to volunteer, visit
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information visit
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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