Deane Giordano

Hey, y’all. You can call me 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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Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Heads up, nutrition sticklers! I can’t believe I’ve only got five weeks to go before I get on the trail.  The time will both fly by and seem endless

Mar 22, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Conquering the Demons—Let’s Talk about Ticks

Conquering the Demons—Let’s Talk about Ticks

Ugh…grossest thing ever. Last year I found a Raisinette on the floor.  "Hunh, that’s weird," I thought.  "We don’t eat Raisinettes here." You know

Mar 15, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Friday Five:  Five Eureka Moments from My AT Prep

Friday Five: Five Eureka Moments from My AT Prep

In a nod to Lightheart Gear for this suggestion and more in LighterPack.com.  An app for calculating your pack weight.  Someone shared this in the

Mar 10, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Umbrella on a Thru-Hike–Luxury, Necessity or Just Cray-Cray?

Umbrella on a Thru-Hike–Luxury, Necessity or Just Cray-Cray?

I'm talking myself into this! On a recent training hike, I pondered the idea of carrying an umbrella.  I’m not an umbrella person (I think they're

Mar 8, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Friday Five:  Five Awesome Ways to Support a Thru-Hiker

Friday Five: Five Awesome Ways to Support a Thru-Hiker

How are you training your home team? I put a question to members of a thru-hiker support group I'm in and asked this of the former thru-hikers and

Mar 3, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Making Peace with the Damn Bear Bag–the Gift of Solo Hiking

Making Peace with the Damn Bear Bag–the Gift of Solo Hiking

Erring towards the woo Full disclosure, I’m from Asheville. I’m a 53 year old woman. I’ve got essential oils and Wild and White Blazing, created

Mar 1, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Wild & White Blazing…An Online Course for Lady Thru-Hikers

Wild & White Blazing…An Online Course for Lady Thru-Hikers

Going All in with the Learning When I decide to do something, like hike the AT, I go (mostly) all in with the research. I’m a Shug Emery doing the

Feb 21, 2017 : Deane Giordano
What’s in My Pack:  Ruby Throat’s Gear List for 2017

What’s in My Pack: Ruby Throat’s Gear List for 2017

Backpack with Benefits Twenty years ago, I moved to the mountains and bought my first “real” backpack, an Osprey ISIS with a built-in chair. A

Feb 15, 2017 : Deane Giordano
I’m Doing This.  Here’s Why.  (Screw Baby Steps.)

I’m Doing This. Here’s Why. (Screw Baby Steps.)

Turning in My Homework I'm a good student.  A bad planner, but a good student. I've read a lot of AT books, even though I know the real education

Feb 8, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Essential Oils on the Trail…For the Love of the Knees

Essential Oils on the Trail…For the Love of the Knees

Hiker hobble is a thing, y’all. At the end of an eight-day section hike in the White Mountains last summer, my knees quit bending. If I had to

Feb 1, 2017 : Deane Giordano