Bloodhound

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.

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Standing Bear Trio Recalls Rescue of Family Dog Mauled by Bear on AT

Standing Bear Trio Recalls Rescue of Family Dog Mauled by Bear on AT

Earlier this year, two people and two dogs went out for a harmless little hike on the Appalachian Trail; a hike that would turn into a scene of horror, and lead to the severe injury of a dog. (note: this story has a happy ending)

Aug 12, 2022 : Bloodhound
Trail Marshall on Thru-Hiking Culture and Hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail in Winter

Trail Marshall on Thru-Hiking Culture and Hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail in Winter

The Mountains To Sea Trail, one of America’s newer long distance trails, has relatively few hikers on it but is growing in popularity. The story Trail Marshall gives insight into what hiking the MST is like.

Jul 20, 2022 : Bloodhound
Man Hiking the AT with a Leafblower: Mascot Hikers and Why They Do It

Man Hiking the AT with a Leafblower: Mascot Hikers and Why They Do It

Some hikers carry the oddest things on the Appalachian Trail. Here’s a little peek into the lives of two of them.

Apr 6, 2022 : Bloodhound
Painting the AT: How One Artist is Transforming the Trail, One Hostel at a Time

Painting the AT: How One Artist is Transforming the Trail, One Hostel at a Time

For the last several years, an artist/hiker, Bobbie Drelick, trail name, “Paint Splash”, has been making a splash—a paint splash—on large sections of the Appalachian Trail, transforming drab, ordinary walls at hostels along the way into vibrant works of trail art.

Mar 15, 2022 : Bloodhound
Miss Janet’s 8th Annual Hiker Thanksgiving, 2021

Miss Janet’s 8th Annual Hiker Thanksgiving, 2021

After taking last year off because of the coronavirus, Miss Janet has resumed her annual Hiker Thanksgiving celebration

Dec 7, 2021 : Bloodhound
From Tragedy To Triumph: How the Appalachian Trail Transformed One Woman’s Life

From Tragedy To Triumph: How the Appalachian Trail Transformed One Woman’s Life

In 2020, many people quit their hikes because of the pandemic. This is a story of one of them who not only handled the challenges hiking during this unique time, but had to do it while dealing with a personal tragedy

Dec 1, 2021 : Bloodhound
Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

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.

Mar 8, 2020 : Bloodhound
Trail Angel Spotlight: The Trekking Twins

Trail Angel Spotlight: The Trekking Twins

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

Nov 18, 2019 : Bloodhound
Far, Not Fast: A Hostel Love Story

Far, Not Fast: A Hostel Love Story

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

Aug 12, 2019 : Bloodhound
The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

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.

Apr 8, 2019 : Bloodhound