Deane "Roo" Giordano

Hey, y’all. You can call me Roo, shirt for Ruby Throat. I live in the Western North Carolina mountains and I’m planning a flip flop hike (because I never do anything in the “right” order). I’ll start with a new moon on April 26, NOBO from Grayson Highlands State Park (because….ponies!) I’m a card-carrying tree-hugger and a natural born nomad. If you see someone smelling wild roses and marveling at flamboyant fungi along the way, that will be me. Oh, yeah... my knees are totally looking forward to hiking the White Mountains. Please visit me at rubythroatjournal.com, too.

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The Gift of Two Black Eyes

The Gift of Two Black Eyes

Ask almost any former thru hiker what they didn't expect when they first started their hike and almost every one will say something like, "The trail

Jul 3, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
See Ya Never Again, Shenandoahs!

See Ya Never Again, Shenandoahs!

How do you know someone's a thru-hiker? The outfit usually gives it away! Shenandoahs, done! I covered 108 miles over 8 days, which is

Jun 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Rethinking How to Hike My Own Hike–There Will Be Consequences

Rethinking How to Hike My Own Hike–There Will Be Consequences

For the record, Virginia...not flat, not easy. I was 360.8 miles in to my flip-flop thru hike and looking forward immensely to a zero at the Quality

Jun 7, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

I might be getting my trail legs. Today I hiked almost 14 miles and had my camp set up by 3pm. Up until today, a 14 mile day meant dragging in at 5

May 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

This post could be about the Dragon's Tooth, a great stone monolith that spirals up into the sky and from which there are said to be magnificent

May 14, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Day 15…Skipping Right Along

Day 15…Skipping Right Along

Start: Bailey Gap Shelter, mile 658.6 End: Campsite mile 676 Miles: 17.4 Total Miles: 174.1   I'm trying something new since I'm sooooo

May 12, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
The Next Few Days…Falling into the Deliverance Trap

The Next Few Days…Falling into the Deliverance Trap

Time is doing weird things out here. One thing I've noticed out here on the trail is that time both flies and stands still at the same time.  I'm

May 8, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
What a First Week

What a First Week

Greetings from Bland, Virginia! It's been surprisingly hard to blog from the trail, but today I have wi-fi (thank you Bland library!), salad (thank

May 3, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends

Four, three, two, one...hike! I'm finally down to counting the days on one hand...FOUR.  MORE.  DAYS! I timed my start (April 26) to coincide

Apr 22, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Feeling ALL the feelings! In eleven days I'll finally be on the trail.  ELEVEN DAYS! I'm feeling all the feelings.  ALL the feelings--excitement,

Apr 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano