May 10, 2012

Hiked 11 miles to Kincora Hostel today. It was chilly but there was no rain. Had an enjoyable evening chatting, went into town for a food run and had Arby’s. Picked up a maildrop I had here so now my food bag is heavy again. Bob People’s, the owner of the hostel offers his place and services on a donation only basis. He has an amazing knowledge of the trail and has great stories. He also works on trail maintenance. We talked a little about Trail Days in Damascus. I’ve been struggling with whether to stay for the event, stay for part, or to hike through. I still haven’t decided. Bob says that on Sunday and Monday he takes the first 100 people who sign up for Hardcore. Hardcore is two days of trail maintenance work. You work on the trail, they provide meals and transportation, and guarantee to return you to wherever you left the trail at. It’s a way to give back to the trail community. So many choices!  I weighed myself this morning, and according to the scale I’ve lost almost 50 lbs. I find that hard to believe, but everyone else who used the scale says it’s accurate. I’ll weigh myself again in a few days and see if it’s confirmed. I do know that my clothes are very baggy. Anyhow, off to bed. Going to slack pack over Pond Mountain tomorrow and back to the hostel.

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  1. Darius Russell

    I’ve been following your wonderful AT blog (just picked you at random from the thru-hiker blogs—and am so proud of you!)

    Just a comment about Trail Days in Damascus (as if you need any more advice, and especially from an untested (hopeful one day soon) hiker of the AT: From everything I’ve been told (I recently moved 100 miles to live in Asheville as I prepare for my attempt in a year or so) Damascus, VA Trail Days is the Big Kahuna of trail festival events. I have been told by people who have hiked the AT thru–that I should go to Damascus Trail Days to better plan my hike.

    I’m really looking forward to getting to be in the same room with Jennifer Pharr Davis (who wrote the incredible AT memoir of her five month 2005 AT thru-hike, “Becoming Odyssa”) and hearing her speak (and meeting her husband—who has one of the greatest first names ever!!!—Brew Davis) about setting the speed record (which I have absolutely no interest in–I’m a “stop and smell the roses kind of guy” when I do finally get to do my AT hike) and other AT hiking tales. She is definitely one of my heroes.

    As is the Professor Warren (can’t think of his last name) who has hiked the AT like 20 times thru (and teaches at some college in North Carolina or Virginia—apparently Warren is interesting to hear about, talk to.

    ANd I have between communicating with Brandon (trail name “Monkey”) on Twitter, who thru-hiked the AT in abouit 5 months with his older sister (trail name: Ringleader) and their good friend Emily in 2010. They are going to be showing a documentary of their hike entitled “Beauty Beneath The Dirt”, which I have been anxiously waiting to view since reading through their entire blog of their 2010 hike a few months ago.

    LOTS to see and do—I know a lot of former and currnet thru-hikers are going to be there—and the whole event appears to be very hiker friendly as the prices and community and events all cater to current and former hikers and people like me who are trying to educate themselves about making a successful attempt.

    They have a website if you Google Damascus and Trail Days.

    Anyway, a lot of gear companies and such will be there, etc, etc.
    so I’m looking forward to it.

    Hope to see you there!

    Either way, continue your very inspiring hiking!!


    Russell (aka

    • Thanks for your generous donation and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ll be there for part of Trail Days, then heading on

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