Hi, I'm Arnold "Bloodhound" Guzman, an avid trail angel. I became connected to the A.T. through my sister, Maria, who owns Standing Bear Farms Hiker Hostel. I like taking my Bloodhounds, Caroline and Beau Diddley, adventuring deep into the backcountry shelters all up and down the A.T, where I surprise hikers with fresh food and drink while looking for stories. When I'm not doing this, I sometimes join my local Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and do trail maintenance.
All along the rock-strewn trails of Pennsylvania, there have been rumors of a man leaving spoons out on the trail for hikers to find. Well, the rumors are true. And what’s most special is that he painstakingly hand-carves each one. Take a few minutes now to learn about Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor.
While the average age of trail maintainers on the Appalachian Trail keeps getting older, there are two octogenarians who don't let age get in the way
Of the thousands of former soldiers suffering from PTSD, this is a story about how the Appalachian Trail has helped bring one of them and his family back from the brink
If you don’t know who Matthew Odie Norman is, you should, for in the last 5 years, with the creation of his Hiker Yearbook series, he has gone from regular thru hiker, to near legendary status, right up there with the likes of Baltimore Jack, Warren Doyle, and Miss Janet, to name just a few.
For years this humble servant has been going up and down the trail, serving hot meals and good hospitality to ever hiker he meets. It's time you get to know Fresh Ground
In case you're wondering whatever happened to the Crawfords, family of 8, that was hiking the Appalachian Trail, here's the rest of the story.
For many hikers who are nearing the northeastern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not only might you be stalked by bears along the
It's not often you meet such a large family hiking the Appalachian Trail. This is the story of the Crawfords, a family of 8 attempting a NOBO thru hike of the Appalachian Trail
In 2017, the Trek's Maggie Slepian wrote a memorable piece entitled, "Age is Just a Number..." , about an 82 year old nobo thru hiker, Greybeard, who set the record for the oldest person to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. Well, if age IS just a number, Victor "Pappy" Kubilius has just raised that number.
Every year, people from all walks of life, some from different colors and nationalities, pass through a greatly misunderstood place--the Southern Appalachians--where TV and movies would have you believe the people there are nothing but a bunch of dumb, uneducated racists, who are a danger to outsiders. Nothing could be further from the truth