Baltimore Jack Tarlin Hits the End of His Trail
Baltimore Jack Tarlin — the man, the Appalachian Trail legend — reached the end of his trail on May 4, 2016.
He was the King of Hiker Trash. On the single occasion that our paths crossed at Laughing Heart Hostel in Hot Springs, NC, he appeared to me to be a worthy ambassador for life on the Trail.
He thru-hiked the AT nine times, after failing in his initial attempt.
As with most legends, I have no idea where Baltimore Jack was born or when. Friends say Jack loved The New York Times, bourbon, hiking, and helping hikers. He was kind to me and wisely humble.
One trustworthy source says Baltimore Jack passed away at Angel Medical Center at 6 AM, May 4, 2016, in the Appalachian Trail Town of Franklin, North Carolina. Fitting.
The best way to learn more is by listening to two episodes of The Pox and Puss Podcast featuring The Legend … in his own words.
Then miss him or mourn him, along with the entire subculture that is the Appalachian Trail.
Episode #16, Part 1 – Baltimore Jack Consumes An Entire Chicken