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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 […]

A.T. Hiker Geraldine Largay Missing for a Year

Missing AT Hiker Geraldine "Inchworm Largay" - Courtesy of ALDHA

July 22, 2013 wasn’t a life-changing day for most of us.  Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were in the news.  The “worst sectarian violence since 2008″ in Iraq brought the month’s death toll to more than 450.  Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant was leaking contaminated water.  Journalist Helen Thomas died. “Blurred Lines” was the number one […]

Paul Paur: Odd Man Out on the Appalachian Trail

Paul Paur.  Missing on the Appalachian Trail or hiking the Appalachian Trail?

“That’s crazy!”  My guess is those words are heard by everyone who tells kith and kin they’re going for a 14-state, 2185.3 mile walk in the woods along the Appalachian Trail (AT). Face it.  Taking five or six months off from work, school and/or family to hike the AT isn’t normal.  Not abnormal in any psychological […]