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Belle had puppies.



Took a walk today



REI Dividend is in, what can I get now?






Where to go for 10 to 12 days



Devils Backbone Chief Hiking Officer



Corona Virus and the Trail



Bought a new pack



Baseball Thread



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  • New

    One of the many highlights that are denied to many, is the gift of birth. For years I hiked with my dad and his true companion was a Jack Russel when I wasn't there to be with him. And I understand he occasionally liked to be alone. But after two years of planning and understand I have not done this sine I was ten, as a family we decided to breed Belle on Christmas day. To all my friends here this is a big undertaking. I did this to offer one incredible lifetime memories for my 10 year old granddaughter. I will sell 4 out of five pups. But by design they are Ratters and Geese chasers. On the trail they eliminate snakes.
  • New

    An opportunity has presented itself for me to go hiking for 10-12 days starting around April 5. I need to finish NH and start ME but I doubt that the weather and trail conditions would cooperate - what do you think?
    I could always re-hike some other part of the AT. Or maybe hike on the BMT or any other trail???? I will be fully vaccinated.
  • New

    I just ordered a new pack, one that I've had my eye on for a while. It's the ULA Equipment CATALYST.
    I had to special order it in the color I wanted, orange. It's listed as being just under 3 pounds with a volume of 75 liters and is advertised as being to be able to carry up to 40 pounds comfortably. Also, there are plenty of positive reviews on a variety of web sites. If we have any ULA pack users here I'd love to hear your comments, both good and bad.

    I'll still be keeping my current pack, a Gregory Baltoro 75, for winter use when I'm carrying a bulky and heavier sleeping bag as well as a lot of clothing. This pack will be about 2 pounds lighter than the Gregory.


  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…