Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Loner's bday & Appalchian Trail blogs & videos


Tomorrow is Jeff aka Loner's birthday anbd unfortunately his sister, Beth, nieces, Kendall and Deven and I won't get to celebrate it with him this year.  I can'ty remember a year we didn't get to see him around his birthday.  But he is having his great adventure and a birthday he will never forget and we'll make up for it when he comes home, that's for sure.  We'll do a belated month of birthday celebrations.  So as Loner rests his feet, kick back, as family and friends do on birthdays, gather round meet the people we now count as out AT family!
And don't be surprised, as he months go on, the 2012 AT family gets larger as we communicate through rough e-mails, facebook, White Blaze and You Tube.
I complied this list months ago but never got around to posting it - so it's about time. Enjoy!  This is a list of  blogs, video blogs and websites which hold the AT family together, as they pass along important info and adventure stories, jokes and gear suggestions, but most of all camaraderie.  After all the AT thru-hiker class is a moving city of 2,000 folks and their support teamns, followers and future 2013 and 2014 thur-hikers.
 Fatherman, is ahead of my son,  and  Loner's been watching his videos since Fatherman took off from Springer a month before Jeff.  Over the course of Fatherman's You Tube video blog, Jeff learned a lot about the start of the trail and is now hiking two days behind him.  Loner hopes to meet him (and I've asked him to get me his autograph) because Fatherman has become somewhat of a father figure to hikers  who follow behind him.  Fatherman is very much a people person and his videos are populated with all kinds of folks, hikers, family me4mbers, college students our for a weekend. He lets know what's ahead to both hikers and families and keeps a great spirit as he hikes along with some of the same folks and then an ever changing cast of interesting characters, Medicine Man in his kilt.  Fatherman takes time to see the areas around and takes zero days too. He's proving to be somewhat of a celebrity this year.  He introduces the viewers to lots of other AT 2012 thur-hikers, section hikers and ridge runners, as well as showing lots of the trail, what the shelters are like in each state

ThumbnailBioptherBiopthera - is my second favorite - this is the video blog of Apache, a young guy from Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Loner found him and both he and I have been following him ever since before he left on his journey, as he he showed a number of instructional videos on how he made almost all of his gear DYI style.  He has a great approach to the trail, short of laid back and always enjoying the experience and has featured some interesting side tripos, including spelunking in a very narrow but deep cave.  Loner got to meet him a few states ago.

Another front runner is RedWhiteBlueist:  He's another front runner and while his videos are short he gives a hint of what's to come from those who are behind in the hiker bubble.  At the moment he's in Massachusettes and should be finishing in three or four weeks.

BLOG COMMUNITIES - where many AT hikers blog /journal on the same site

Trail Journals - blog forum for people hiking and preparing to hike the AT trail - bloggers can add photos, videos, dateline, postal drop list, etc.  Great site for AT hikers to keep up with your friends or family hiking the trail.

 White Blaze Forum -  for AT enthusiasts - has date based blogs by members and you can go to their profile from their most recent blogs. Folks who have hiked the AT or are currently doing so and family and friends - I guess, since they accepted me.


AT Class of  2012 text/photo blogs

 Journey North - Great writing, good pics, about his 2012 At thru-hike by Frenchy aka Matt French, funny writing, photos and videos:

Following Blazes, good writing, photos, stats of 2012 AT thru-hiker Rayo

Blog of Writer, scientist, P.J. Wetzel, 2012 AT thru-hiker : Wetzel is one of the early starters and frontrunners to Katadhin this year

AT Class of 2012 thru-hiker video blogs

Biophthera - You Tube blog of Apache

Fatherman - You Tube blog of Fatherman

Red White Blueist - You Tube blog

Patrick - You Tube blog of Patrick from England

 Other AT Blogs and Websites

blog of Zach Davis/aka The Good Badger, AT thru hiker 2011, author of Appalachian Trials, funny, irreverent, profound, psychological, with video clips, posts, trail stories of him and his buddy Whoop, insights.  Also tech advice form a computer geek.  My Guru.

"My Walk on the Appalachian Trail, section hiker of the AT, Mike

A Trail Runner's Blog, Scott Dunlop, a tri-athelte and trail runner:

Blog of SOBO's, Jess and Andy:

Blissful Hiking:  Lauralee Bliss:  hiker's advice

On the Appalachian Trail - 2010 AT hike of Julie:

Life Behind Handle Bars, blog of cyclist Craig Ashely who may be planning a 2013 thru-hike:

Chris Miller's 2011 AT thru-hike

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