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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Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Hot Springs North Carolina is the first true trail town the Appalachian Trail northbound through hikers encounter. This is the story of the many people, or 'Faces' of Hot Springs; who they are and what they think about hikers

Feb 10, 2018 : Bloodhound
The Blackalachian: First Gold-Mouth Rapper to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Blackalachian: First Gold-Mouth Rapper to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

In April of 2017, Daniel White, age 31, of Charlotte NC, trail name "The Blackalachian" , was dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park to embark on a two month section hike that would inevitably turn into a complete through hike of the Appalachian Trail, where he would become "The first gold-mouth rapper to through hike the Appalachian Trail"

Nov 27, 2017 : Bloodhound
(Mis) Adventures of a Trail Angel in Maine’s Mahoosuc Range

(Mis) Adventures of a Trail Angel in Maine’s Mahoosuc Range

For many northbound through hikers, Maine is like the magical kingdom of their dreams, and that by reaching it, they will somehow be translated into a promised land, flowing with milk and honey. As I was soon to learn, hardly anything could be further from the truth.

Sep 26, 2017 : Bloodhound
Meet The Hostel: Angel’s Rest Hiker Haven, Pearisburg VA

Meet The Hostel: Angel’s Rest Hiker Haven, Pearisburg VA

In September or 2016, Doc Peppa, and her spouse, Bam-Bam, opened a hostel at the base of the mountain locals call, "Angels Rest", with the fitting name, "Angels Rest Hiker's Haven". This is the story of how it came to be.

Jul 8, 2017 : Bloodhound
Hiker Feeds: Abhorred by Some, but Mostly Adored

Hiker Feeds: Abhorred by Some, but Mostly Adored

A phenomenon occurs in various places along the Appalachian Trail every spring--especially in the Southern Appalachians--large hiker feeds. Many harbor opinions for and against. This story is dedicated to discovering the truth.

Apr 9, 2017 : Bloodhound
Hikers, Hostels, & Heroes: Spring Breakers in Trouble on Max Patch

Hikers, Hostels, & Heroes: Spring Breakers in Trouble on Max Patch

On spring break, 8 students from Macalester College, St. Paul MN, headed down south to Hot Springs, NC, where they thought the weather would be warm, to go on a 35 mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, from there to Davenport Gap. What they didn't take into account was that the southern Appalachians weren't quite finished with winter.

Mar 22, 2017 : Bloodhound
Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn and Hostel in Hot Springs, NC

Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn and Hostel in Hot Springs, NC

Tucked away in a lonely little section of the Appalachian Trail is the first real trail town the nobo's encounter on their epoch hike. At first glance, Hot Springs may appear as a small, drab little town in the mountains, but when you peel away the tiny town veneer, you'll soon discover a town, rich in heritage, and one of the most historically significant buildings in the area: The Sunnybank Inn and Hostel, know locally as "Elmer's"

Mar 5, 2017 : Bloodhound
Meet The Hostel: Greasy Creek Friendly

Meet The Hostel: Greasy Creek Friendly

Though a story of Greasy Creek Friendly has already been told, it's time to update everyone on recent changes as well as give you a touching insight into the heart and soul of a hostel owner

Feb 12, 2017 : Bloodhound
Meet The Hostel: Boots Off Hostel, Hampton TN

Meet The Hostel: Boots Off Hostel, Hampton TN

Details: Name: Boots Off Hostel and Campground Location: Hampton, Tennessee Options: Tenting, bunks, private rooms Amenities: Wifi, free shuttle

Jan 30, 2017 : Bloodhound
Trail Maintainers: Heavy-Lifting Trail Angels of the AT

Trail Maintainers: Heavy-Lifting Trail Angels of the AT

There is a special group of trail angels out there that are some of the unsung (and often unseen) heroes of the A.T.: Trail Maintainers. This story is a little peek into the life of the dedicated, hard working men and women who make your hike a lot easier

Jan 9, 2017 : Bloodhound