Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tyvek Suit?

I have a NEW idea in mind.
And it involves another use of Tyvek.
Hilarious - the Tyvek dude here is wearing hiking boots!  
Stay tuned... :)

Water Filter - Vario

Katadyn Vario Microfilter 
Filtration down to .3 microns

The Vario combines individual efficiency with the simplest possible handling.  The technology is uses consists of three filter levels: a high-performance glass fiber filter, a ceramic pre-filter that can be adjusted individually according to the cloudiness of the water, and active charcoal for eliminating odors.  Anyone who needs up to two liters of drinking water per minute can use the glass fiber and active charcoal filter.  If the water is extremely cloudy, the ceramic pre-filter can be fitted in a moment to extend the service life of the glass fiber filter.  The Vario is compatible with most standard outdoor bottles and hydration bladders.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Trail Games?

This has really got me thinking.
I could make a 2 oz. version of this.
Maybe one game on each side?  
Hmmm.  Cool!

The Miles!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sleeping Bag Find!

Bestest sleeping bag ever -
Perfect for a thru-hike!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Normally, I won’t post much of anything grossly negative here.  This issue rather upset me in a hurry.  I saw this post on WhiteBlaze recently.

User: BetsiViTorrance California     Posted: 03/24/12

I need a trail angel desperately. My boyfriend, Anthony, is hiking the trail right now with his Rhodesian ridgeback dog, Rosie. And I get the pleasure of being his support from the home front. Both Anthony and Rosie are really strong hikers; they usually hike about 20 miles a day. However, this past week they had a number of days in a row that were really long and hard, and they hike more like 25-30 miles a day. Rosie got worn out and a little beat up, and she really needs some rest, but Anthony can't afford to take a week off, or even a few days really. The strain of having to urge Rosie along, and practically carry her is really exhausting Anthony both mentally and physically, to the point that he is debating giving up his dream of finishing this hike to come home so that Rosie can rest and recover. I really don't want Anthony to have to end his hike at only 800 miles in, and I want Rosie to get the rest she needs. Does anyone know a trail angel, somewhere near mid Shenandoah, who would be willing to take Rosie for a few days, or a week maybe, for a little bit of money? We don't have much, and we certainly don't have the $300 that we already paid to have Rosie boarded for 4 days while he went through the Smoky Mountains National Park. But we could pay around 50-100 dollars. I know this is a tall order that is why I need a true angel, who also happens to be a dog lover, and who wants to see this man not have to give up on his dream. I would appreciate any responses, suggestions, people you know, or very affordable pet boarding in the area. Thanks so much.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thru Hike Video

This is cool and peaceful.
If you have 10 minutes, you may really enjoy this.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bush Bread :)

Bush Bread Video.  Who needs aluminum foil, ha! – Exercise! – Exercise!

SITE DESCRIPTION: (Exercise Prescription on the Net) is a free resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast featuring comprehensive exercise libraries (>1400 exercises), fitness assessment calculators, and reference articles.

This site is by far the most comprehensive online resource for exercise fitness I have seen.  It’s libraries of information is utterly mind-boggling.  Vast topics with in-depth coverage include:

Exercise instructions (gifs here taken from the site)
Weight training
Aerobic Conditioning
Fitness testing
Weight Management
Diet and Nutrition
Fitness Calculators
And a whole lot more!

Why this might help you and I alone?
Take a few minutes and read around that site, it’s packed with useful information to learn what you need to get in better physical condition with modern information and correct form exercises.

Why this might help you OR aide you in helping others?
A person could easily teach or show another person a vast amount of information geared towards physical improvements using the site.  This person wouldn’t have to be WITH you personally, nor charge you $50 to $100+ an hour for the education.  With all the data and descriptive methods given, one could easily “train” another person or offer great advice from hundreds or miles away or even countries away via the Internet with NO face-to-face interactions at all.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shoes Potential



Extra support around the ankle without compromise of the hyperventilating mesh upper due to trimmed down but efficient Dura leather strapping. Vibram® Multi-Sport Plus sole contains TC5+ rubber compound in traction zones for grip and durability.


• Dura leather and mesh upper
• Bellows tongue keeps debris out
• Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter
• Breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis® Antimicrobial solution maintains foot comfort
• Ortholite® Anatomical Footbed


• Molded nylon arch shank
• Compression molded EVA footframe provides cushioning
• Merrell® air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
• 5mm Sole lug depth
• Vibram® Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ Rubber
• Weight: 1 lb 15 oz. for the pair


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Journey...

Tell me this doesn't look like fun!

And for this distance too!

Coming Soon!

Coming soon, to the world's largest theater!

Some Jody Logos

More logos with Jody in mind.  :)

A.T. Trail History

Appalachian Trail 

Many people put something regarding the origins of the
Appalachian Trail in their writings and why not?

The trail was conceived by Benton MacKaye, a forester who wrote his original plan shortly after the death of his wife in 1921. MacKaye's idea detailed a grand trail that would connect a series of farms and wilderness work/study camps for city-dwellers. In 1922, at the suggestion of Major William A. Welch, director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, his idea was publicized by Raymond H. Torrey with a story in the New York Evening Post under a full-page banner headline reading "A Great Trail from Maine to Georgia!" The idea was quickly adopted by the new Palisades Interstate Park Trail Conference as their main project.

On October 7, 1923, the first section of the trail, from Bear Mountain west through Harriman State Park to Arden, New York, was opened. MacKaye then called for a two-day Appalachian Trail conference to be held in March 1925 in Washington, D.C. This resulted in the formation of the Appalachian Trail Conference (now called the Appalachian Trail Conservancy).

A retired judge named Arthur Perkins and his younger associate Myron Avery took up the cause. In 1929, Perkins, who was also a member of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and its Blue Blazed Trails committee, found Ned Anderson, a farmer in Sherman, Connecticut, who took on the task of mapping and blazing the Connecticut leg of the trail (1929–1933). It ran from Dog Tail Corners in Webatuck, New York, which borders Kent, Connecticut, at Ashley Falls, 50 miles (80 km) through the northwest corner of the state, up to Bear Mountain at the Massachusetts border. (A portion of the Connecticut trail has since been rerouted [1979–83] to be more scenic, adhering less to highways and more to wilderness, and includes a Ned K. Anderson Memorial Bridge.)

Anderson’s efforts helped spark renewed interest in the trail, and Avery (leading the charge since Perkins’ death in 1932) was able to bring other states onboard. Upon taking over the ATC, Avery adopted the more practical goal of building a simple hiking trail. He and MacKaye clashed over the ATC's response to a major commercial development along the trail's path; MacKaye left the organization, while Avery was willing to simply reroute the trail. Avery reigned as Chairman of the ATC from 1932 to 1952 (he died that same year).

Avery became the first to walk the trail end-to-end, though not as a thru-hike, in 1936. In August 1937, the trail was completed to Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, and the ATC shifted its focus toward protecting the trail lands and mapping the trail for hikers. From 1938 to the end of World War II, the trail suffered a series of natural and man-made setbacks. At the end of the war, the damage to the trail was repaired.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer of York, Pennsylvania, brought a great deal of attention to the project by completing the first documented thru-hike. Later Shaffer also completed the first north-to-south thru-hike, making him the first to do so in each direction. In 1998 Mr. Shaffer, nearly 80 years old, again hiked the entirety of the trail, making him the oldest person ever to complete a thru-hike.

In 1994, a story appeared in the Appalachian Trailway News describing a 121-day Maine to Georgia thru-hike in 1936 by six Boy Scouts.  Although the story has been accepted by some members of ALDHA, a great deal of doubt has also been expressed and this earlier thru-hike has never been verified. Shaffer's 1948 journey is still generally recognized as the first A.T. thru-hike.

In the 1960s, the ATC made progress toward protecting the trail from development, thanks to efforts of politicians and officials. The National Trails System Act of 1968 designated the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail as the first national scenic trails and paved the way for a series of National Scenic Trails within the National Park and National Forest systems. Trail volunteers worked with the National Park Service to map a permanent route for the trail, and by 1971 a permanent route had been marked (though minor changes continue to this day). By the close of the 20th century, the Park Service had completed the purchase of all but a few miles of the trail's span.

New Logos

New Logos To Be Considered

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Picture!

This is a test sent from my Email.

Tent Possibility

Lunar Duo - Outfitter
Tent Information

The Numbers
                             oz.          $
Tent                               57           160
Ground Cloth                  7             12
Poles (2)                         6             28                 
Stakes                            5              11
Seam Sealer                   2               6
            Shipping  TOTAL              24

TOTALS             77oz.    $240

Pack Weight  TOTAL  4 lbs. 13 oz.


The Lunar Duo - Outfitter provides the back country traveler an unsurpassed amount of space, comfort, durability and low cost. Constructed from durable 190T Polyester, the Outfitter eliminates many of the annoying complaints associated with silicone nylon. At three and a half pounds, it still packs both smaller and lighter than any tent of similar size.

The Lunar Duo offers the most interior room of any tent in its class and weight range. Dual curved poles located either side create an unique arched roof. Combined with a tent height of 45 inches and width of 54 inches leaves so much interior space you've got room to spare.

The Lunar Duo's two vestibules can be deployed to multiple positions. Fully open, provides maximum cross ventilation, keeping you cool and those pesky mosquitoes at bay. They can be raised or lowered, insuring that you can achieve the optimum configuration for the weather you're likely to encounter. The Lunar Duo's vertical sidewalls prevents rain falling into the tent.

With dual oversize vestibules, each person has plenty of weatherproof storage for gear.


New 2012 Edition
·         Heavy Duty #5 Zippers provides more durability for this two person tent.
·         Dual Full Vestibule provides protection while still maintaining good ventilation when closed. 
      Open both vestibules to maximize ventilation and view.
·         High Vents provides additional moisture control.
·         Dual Entry ensures each person has their own door for those nightly trips.
·         Single Piece Bathtub Floor makes a more watertight floor.
·         Easy Tensioning Adjustment makes keeping your the tent taut a trivial task that can be accomplished while still in your sleeping bag. Re-tension straps have been added to all tie out points.
·         Floating Canopy allows the canopy to be set to different heights.
·         Dual Hiking Pole Support
·         Dual Cargo Pockets.
·         Extremely Easy Setup in less than five minutes under any conditions.

This footprint is made from hard surface Tyvek. This ground cloth is extremely durable and will protect your shelter floor from sticks and rocks.  

This ground cloth works well with the Lunar Duo and Haven shelters.

Weight: 6.5 ounces
Size: 48" X 84"
Colors: White

Notes: For a softer feel, prewash your Tyvek in a washing machine. It will make the material softer and easier to fold.

Poles (2 needed)
If you're a cyclist, paddler or don't carry trekking poles, you may wish to consider using our these aluminum poles to support your shelter.

This 45" ultralight aluminum pole is custom made and designed to be used as your primary tent pole for any of our Tents, Tarps and NetTents.

Weight: 3 oz.

This stake set includes four six inch and two eight inch Easton stakes. We recommend using the shorter six inch stakes around the perimeter of the shelter. The two longer eight inch stakes should be used on the main two guy lines. The longer stakes provide additional purchase power which is beneficial on the main guy lines.

This stake set works well with the Lunar Duo and Haven Tarp/NetTent.

Weight: 2.5 ounces

Seam Sealer
Seam Sure Sealer is specially designed for polyurathane coated tents and tarps. It works great with our new Skyscape Scout tent.

Weight: 2 oz. per tube

Warning: This product should not be used on Silicone Nylon tarps and shelters.


There is a LOT of information I have truncated for this blog entry.
You're welcome!  :)

Blogger Limits

Some Limits to understand.
Yeah, I'll need to keep an eye on this and understand it though time.  Hmmm.

What are the limits on my Blogger account?

We try to give you a lot of room to play here on Blogger, so you'll see that a lot of the important "limits" here aren't really very limiting. But just in case you were wondering, here is some information about about what a single Blogger account will hold.

Number of Blogs: You can have up to 100 blogs per account.

Number of Posts: There is no limit on the number of posts you can have on one blog. They will all be saved on your account (unless you manually delete them) regardless of whether you are publishing archives or not.

Size of Posts: Individual posts do not have a specific size limit, but very large posts may run you up against the page size limit. (See the next item.)

Size of Pages: Individual pages (the main page of your blog, or your archive pages) are limited to 1 MB in size. This will allow for a few hundred pages of text, but it may be a problem if you are listing hundreds of posts on the front page of your blog. If you hit this limit, you will see an error message saying "006 Please contact Blogger Support." You can get around this error by lowering the number of posts on your main page, which will have the added benefit of making your page load faster as well.

Number of Comments: A post can have any number of comments. As with archived posts, if you choose to hide comments on your blog, all pre-existing comments will remain saved on your account.

Number of Pictures: Up to 1 GB of total storage, shared with Picasa Web
Size of Pictures: If you are posting pictures through Blogger Mobile there is a limit of 250K per picture.

Team Members: There is a limit of 100 members per blog.

Number of Labels: Up to 2000 unique labels per blog and 20 per post.

Blog Description: Limited to 500 characters, with no HTML. Adding additional characters or HTML may cause it to revert to a previous setting.

"About Me" Profile Information: Maximum of 1,200 characters.

Profile Interests and Favorites: Maximum of 2,000 characters in each field.