Cosmo

I'm a 15- year volunteer for the A.T. in Mass and a regular section hiker. I'm a bit of an old fart, but working on the Trail and chatting with hikers keeps me solid. You can find out about what we've been up to on the Trail here: massatprojects.blogspot.com

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What the Appalachian Trail Will Look Like in 2025

What the Appalachian Trail Will Look Like in 2025

In the Year 2525 ….well actually 2025, hopefully some will Let's Hike! Photo, openjourney.com From ATC, there’s data that indicates about a 45%

Mar 14, 2016 : Cosmo
Is there a Sustainable Future for the Appalachian Trail?

Is there a Sustainable Future for the Appalachian Trail?

A heads up here. This article reflects my own opinion as an official old fart, hiker and 15 year A.T. Volunteer. While I serve actively on ATC’s

Aug 11, 2015 : Cosmo
How the AT Works: Volunteering Safely

How the AT Works: Volunteering Safely

“Aren’t you worried about getting hurt out there?” “What if you break your leg, and lie there for days before anyone finds you?” I hear these things

Aug 3, 2015 : Cosmo
Why Leave No Trace Matters

Why Leave No Trace Matters

Image: leavenotrace.info, Gary Cunningham I can’t believe there is anyone hiking the A.T. who hasn’t heard of “Leave No Trace”--probably the 2nd

Jun 17, 2015 : Cosmo
How the Appalachian Trail Works: River Crossings

How the Appalachian Trail Works: River Crossings

Pochuck Swamp, New Jersey; Great Swamp, NY; Clarendon Gorge, VT; James River, VA. Maine. One of these things is not like the other. Big Branch.

May 27, 2015 : Cosmo
Signs on the Appalachian Trail: Everything You Need to Know

Signs on the Appalachian Trail: Everything You Need to Know

Sign Here As you travel along the Appalachian Trail, you will encounter a wide variety of trail signs. Some are very formal, “national park-like”

Apr 22, 2015 : Cosmo
How the AT Works: What DOES a Maintainer Do?

How the AT Works: What DOES a Maintainer Do?

More thoughts about the Them that's Us. In Bronze. Photo:www.blm.gov Everyone knows they “keep the trail open”. But in the deep woods ‘open’

Mar 31, 2015 : Cosmo
Falling Trees on the Appalachian Trail: Is it Safe to Hike?

Falling Trees on the Appalachian Trail: Is it Safe to Hike?

What's Really Dangerous? When you announce to your friends and family that you are going to hike the A.T., after the moment of stunned silence, the

Mar 19, 2015 : Cosmo
How the Appalachian Trail Works: Finding the Perfect Spot

How the Appalachian Trail Works: Finding the Perfect Spot

Can it be found?  The Ideal AT Overnight Site?  Those of you that haunt White Blaze have likely seen some threads on this topic, they tend to surface

Mar 12, 2015 : Cosmo
How the AT Works: What Happens AFTER You Poop in the Woods

How the AT Works: What Happens AFTER You Poop in the Woods

There’s plenty of information out there about the process of getting what’s inside to the outside: from How to Shit in the Woods.  There is also

Feb 8, 2015 : Cosmo