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

Search Results

Search results 1-20 of 250.

  • Quote from Wise Old Owl: “Quote from StalkingTortoise: “Quote from Jake Ace: “Quote from Rasty: “can anyone name the 12 tribes? ” Reuben ” Mmmmmmmmm... Reubeni-XZLDmpt-M.jpg ” Uh, its a pistrami. Reuben, one of the 12 tribes of Israel that in biblical times comprised the people of Israel who later became the Jewish people. The tribe was named after the oldest of Jacob’s sons born of Leah, his first wife. ” Uh, it's a pastrami.

  • Quote from Jake Ace: “Wait, What was this thread about? ” Favorite hiker sandwiches, I believe. A local pub offers a Reuben Club. I think I just convinced myself to go there for lunch today.

  • Quote from Jake Ace: “Quote from Rasty: “can anyone name the 12 tribes? ” Reuben ” Mmmmmmmmm... Reuben i-XZLDmpt-M.jpg

  • Exposure

    StalkingTortoise - - General

    Post

    The Kalalau Trail along the undeveloped northern Na Pali coast of Kauai is an 11-mile trek along the pali (cliffs) to isolated Kalalau Beach. The starting point is at Ke'e Beach just west of Hanalei. kalalautrail.com/ DSCN3241-M.jpg The trail climbs and descends the pali based on the topography. In many places, the trail is less than a foot wide and has sheer drop-offs to the ocean below. And as I found out, Hawaiian red dirt mixed with rain is the secret ingredient in Teflon. DSCN3195-M.jpg DSC…

  • I was the camping coordinator for my daughter's troop. They weren't permitted to schedule an overnight trip to the local Girl Scout camp unless someone from the troop received the official training. None of the mothers associated with the troop wanted to do it, so I volunteered. There was one other guy at the weekend training session at the campground. We had to sleep on a tent platform while all of the females stayed in a lodge. Woke up in the early dawn to see a buck mounting a doe about 50 ya…

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

    Post

    Quote from SandyofPA: “I hiked over Moosilauke in the tail end of a storm with 70 mile gusts. My trekking poles were the only way I was upright enough to move forward. Never so happy to get below treeline and slither down along Bonnie Brook. Going over the Kinsmen after that was enough to decide it wasn't safe to solo hike, so I went home. That was in 2014 before they found Inchworm's body, which was in the back of my mind while crawling over the piles of rocks they call a trail up there. I have…

  • All Weather AT jacket?

    StalkingTortoise - - Clothing

    Post

    I have found that a good quality rain jacket is a key part of my layering system. And by good quality, I'm referring to durable, waterproof materials and as many vents as possible. It's one of the pieces of gear that is always in my pack regardless of the season. In the cold, you can close the vents and trap all kinds of heat inside. The waterproof material is also windproof. Once warm, you can open the vents and minimize moisture from building up inside the jacket. I just hiked for 6 hours in 2…

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

    Post

    I watched my buddy Smoking Sox slip on a rock or a step and start falling down the mountain. I thought we were in for a Medevac. He did get bruised up a bit but managed to keep himself out of Beaver Brook. The climb out of Kinsman Notch wasn't too bad. But I was glad I spent the night at the Eliza Brook shelter so I had fresh legs the next morning for the climb up to South Kinsman. 1000' in 0.9 miles. RIMG0456-M.jpg Have fun! I'm working on finding a long weekend to do the Franconia Notch - Craw…

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

    Post

    Astro, are you planning to climb over Moosilauke from S to N or N to S? I did it S to N and the descent into Kinsman Notch sucks. Much easier to climb up the steep north side and have the long descent back to Glencliff. A look at the steep descent into Kinsman Notch: RIMG0517-M.jpg RIMG0514-M.jpg RIMG0516-M.jpg

  • Is it too late to pick April 5th? That's Independence Day - my last college tuition payment for my son.

  • From 5 - 7, I cleared the 10 - 12" of snow from my driveway, my surrounding neighbor's driveways, and the entire cul-de-sac. First time I fired up the 'ol Snapper snowthrower this year. Ran like a champ! At 9, I went back out and cleared a new inch of snow off our vehicles. This morning, there was a fresh 2" on top of everything. I was just feeling better from last week's hike. Now I'm back to being sore. March came in like a lamb, but is leaving like a lion on a 3-day bath salts binge.

  • "Everywhere is within walking distance, if you have the time."

  • Quote from Astro: “Quote from Drybones: “Quote from Bo Peep: “Welcome to the Cafe. I would start at the beginning. You will have plenty of people to hike with. If you hook up with a group that has been hiking for weeks, their speed and fitness level will be different than yours and you risk injuring yourself trying to keep up. ” Very true, folks starting and 10 miles/day is a struggle and three weeks later 20 miles/day is the norm. ” 20 miles a day after just 3 weeks? I guess I just never reache…

  • Reflections on the Section - 64.6 miles completed. That leaves us 145.5 miles from Winding Stair Gap to the summit of Max Patch. - Overall, we have completed 1664.6 miles or 76% of the AT. - No injuries or blisters. I used two sets of boots and both fit well. - I was able to have my daughter join me for an overnight hike on the AT. She had a great experience and she's hooked. I'll put that one in the WIN column. - We didn't temp fate by hiking into the woods and camping out during Winter Weather…

  • Day 7: Friday March 16th Apparently, my 14th Edition of the Tennessee / North Carolina Guide Book is out of date. The mileage to various landmarks was all out-of-whack from the Guthook app and the 2018 AT Data Book. Fortunately, the trail re-routes made for an easier descent today. The downside is that my meticulously typed spreadsheet was pretty much worthless for figuring out where I was and what was next. Today's plan was simple - Descend to Devils Fork Gap, drive back to Allen Gap, then deci…

  • Day 6: Thursday March 15th It was finally time to check out of the Officer's Bungalow and spend another night outdoors. Before we went to bed last night, we had to make sure our packs contained everything we'd need for Thursday & Friday plus we had to pack up all the non-hiking gear that was in our after-hike luggage. It was impressive to see the pile of stuff in my bedroom transform into one backpack and one duffel bag. Logistics were pretty simple: Sox's rental car was still at Devils Fork Gap…

  • Hiking Plans 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Planning

    Post

    Quote from LIhikers: “Kathy told me the other day that she doesn't want to hike the next section in Maine if I can't get time off this summer. She didn't want to get our hiking on the AT out of sync with each other. That makes a certain sense I guess. I guess we'll plan a short section in case I can get a little time off from this new job. Otherwise we'll do a number of weekend trips locally. ” That's the deal I have with my 'Trail Husband': Our sections only count if we hike them at the same ti…

  • No affiliation here except that I used their services during one of my section hikes. Mother Marian's Hostel opened in 2012. Retired Registered Nurse Marian was out shopping on a cold and rainy day and came across a bunch of miserable-looking hikers at a nearby convenience store. With her nursing background, she couldn't ignore them without making sure they were OK. She asked them if they could use a warm and dry place to spend the night and they readily accepted her offer. A hostel was born. Ma…

  • Day 5: Wednesday March 14th "Beware the Ides of March!" said a soothsayer in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. Technically, the Ides is the 15th, but we took heed of the warning nonetheless. Sox and I left the trail back in March of 2014 when we were caught in a winter storm after getting soaked by sweat on a climb. I never want to be that cold again, and I'm smart enough to not put myself into a similar position where there are better options. As we left the bungalow for yet another diner breakfas…

  • Day 4: Tuesday March 13th We all left the bungalow at 06:45 with temperatures in the mid 20's. Good thing the rental car had seat warmers. It took about 30 minutes for me to find Allen Gap, park the car, and walk a few hundred feet from the parking lot of Mom's Store (closed & boarded up) to the AT crossing. We had seen two hikers leaving Hot Springs yesterday morning as we walked to breakfast - BamaDog and a young guy. There was only one set of footprints heading north at Allen Gap so I guessed…