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Reflections on Meredith Hope Emerson ~ Seven Years Later

Meredith Emerson and her dog Ella from May 2007 ~
Photo Courtesy of Pat B. Mitchell.

Saw a friend’s post on Facebook on January 4, 2015 that mentioned that it had been seven years since Meredith Hope Emerson went missing on the Appalachian Trail near Georgia’s Blood Mountain. Wanted to share a seven-year-old reflection on that event, in honor of Meredith and Right to Hike, Inc. ~~ Have you heard about […]

A Costly But Safe Rescue of Two Hikers at Baxter State Park

Rescue helicopter at Maine's Baxter State Park. ~ Photo from Baxter State Park's Facebook Page

As of today, December 18, 2014, winter is officially three days away.  We’ve had a gloriously warm and hikeable autumn in Georgia.  Elsewhere?  Cabin fever is in full swing.  Outdoorspeople want to go for a walk in the woods or up a mountain, even if it kills them. That’s the problem for the rangers at Baxter […]

Trail Blazer Mr. Vetice Bates Injured & Rescued in Trail Accident

Vetice Bates' Facebook Profile Picture

Thanks to the fine work of the Tennessee Highway Patrol aviation unit and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s search and rescue team, Vetice Bates, 68, was taken to an area hospital after being injured on the Snake Den Ridge Trail on Saturday evening, October 25, 2014. Mr. Bates is a volunteer Trail Blazer in […]

Chad Denning Perishes on Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire

Beaver Brook Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We regret to inform you of the sudden death of an Appalachian Trail hiker: 39-year-old Chad Denning from New London, New Hampshire, on Sunday afternoon, September 7, 2014. Local authorities say Mr. Denning had been running and hiking with friends on the Appalachian Trail’s Beaver Brook Trail at Mt. Moosilauke in Benton, NH, when he stopped breathing […]