Welcome to the AppalachianTrailCafe.net!
Take a moment and register and then join the conversation

Appalachian Trail Cafe

Pull up a stool and join the conversation

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

Unread Threads

Topic Replies Last Reply

In Memoriam



Hawk Vittles



Wildlife Sightings Today



Pinned welcome to the cafe



Baseball Thread



A New Natioanl Park


odd man out

Hiking & Biking



Yosemite's Firefall Hike


2nd Chance Hiker



Why most of America can't make great biscuits.



Hiker Rescued After Being Stuck in Quicksand for Hours


odd man out

What's your favorite power bar?



Took a walk today



Whiskey Thread


odd man out



Wise Old Owl

Understanding Lard, high energy easy to digest.


odd man out

Loosing skin on your feet?


Wise Old Owl

Recent Activities


  • New

    Today our Corgi Winston died. We adopted him from a shelter a few years ago. It was very odd. Yesterday he was happy as a clam. Running and playing. There was no hint that he was on death's door. This morning he was obviously not well and died during emergency surgery by early afternoon. I've been told this is typical of dogs. That they seem normal then they go all of a sudden. I'm so accustomed to the way we humans linger in misery as our health fades. Dogs don't do that. It is my experience that the source of most human misery is not getting what you want. Dogs live in a constant state of bliss (a proverbial dog's life) primarily because they have no expectations. Despite the lip service we pay to an anhorance to entitlement, I think our obsession with wants is a fundamental flaw of our human nature. Ultimately what draws me most to backpacking is that it teaches (forces) me to be happy with what you can carry on you back over a mountain.

  • New

    Yosemite's Firefall is back. In years when there is enough flow over Horsetail Falls over El Capitan, and the Sunday is at the right angle (10 minutes before sunset in late Feb), and if the skies are clear, the waterfall glows as if on fire. This year in order to manage the crowds, people must park at the Yosemite Falls parking lot and hike one mile through deep snow (with no guarantee conditions will be just right).

    This is not to be confused with the fake Firefall where they pushed a bonfire off Glacier Point for the entertainment of the crowds below. This was done every week for almost 100 years before being discontinued in 1968.

  • New

    i don't normally watch youtube thru hiking videos unless there is something unique or different about the attempt (and there have been very few of those).

    anyway, i learned about the this guy from my georgia hiking facebook page. this individual is going to thru hike the PCT as his goal is to lose 200 pounds (he's close to 400 pounds at the beginning of the series).

    i've only watched the first video so far and about all i can say is he has a great attitude. i know that he only covered 7.3 miles in first 4 days, and several times people have had to give him water. i hope this is a life changing experience for him.


  • 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…