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Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
My AT 2011 Photos on 04/05/2011 22:01:48 MDT Print View

I just walked the first 400 miles of the AT. My photos are in two albums.

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I wrote words about my 2011 Appalachian Trail walking on my blog Outside 365.

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn)

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/06/2011 09:01:26 MDT Print View

Very nice pics.

I remember the first time I came over Round Bald and saw those goats. Then I saw two guys putting up the fence for more goats. Talk about doing a double take.

Brad

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/06/2011 23:26:21 MDT Print View

Thanks! I didn't even see any goats. Are they seasonal? I may have been too early.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/06/2011 23:30:45 MDT Print View

Jack, that photo posted here is wicked!

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Re: Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/06/2011 23:32:06 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing the great pics and commentary on your blog.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/07/2011 12:42:50 MDT Print View

Thanks David and Travis!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/07/2011 16:58:44 MDT Print View

Jack,

Thanks for sharing your photos.

Really fun to see an epic trip like yours unfolding before my eyes with so many photos.

Always a treat to see what other parts of the country have to offer and to see how the culture is so different than ours.....Trail Magic, Shelters along the Trail, and stopping over at Inns and Hostels.

Neat stuff!

-Tony

Jake Willits
(TrailSavvy) - MLife

Locale: Arkansas Ozarks
My AT 2011 Photos on 04/07/2011 19:36:10 MDT Print View

Jack, this will sound strange, but I think I may have crossed paths with you out there. Then again, there were plenty of beards like yours. We(a group of 4 guys) started at Fontana Dam on Mar 19 and finished Mar 26 hiking SOBO to Deep Gap Trailhead. I'm just curious now. Check that. We passed the Hot Air balloon but failed to be as good of naturalists as you guys. Way to go on removing it. Now I am sure I passed you, and suspect it was on either Sunday the 20th or Monday the 21st. Wish I'd said more than hi now.

Edited by TrailSavvy on 04/07/2011 19:52:07 MDT.

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn)

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Re: Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/07/2011 19:48:17 MDT Print View

They basically use the goats to keep the "balds" clear. They usually bring them in when the grass starts growing. It has always been warmer weather when I have seen them.

Brad

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/07/2011 19:53:21 MDT Print View

Great photos. Some people catch the balds of NC/TN on beautiful sunny, summer days, but I think you really captured their true beauty. That photo on your post really is the best of several nice ones!

Thanks for sharing.

Tom

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/08/2011 10:29:02 MDT Print View

There is an interesting article in the ATC magazine (2009) talks about the use of goats to keep the balds bald. Apparantly, goats prefer woody plants, as opposed to sheep who graze on grass.

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/atf/cf/%7BB8A229E6-1CDC-41B7-A615-2D5911950E45%7D/Baatany%20in%20the%20Balds%20ATJourneysJulyAug09.pdf

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/08/2011 14:02:10 MDT Print View

Jake! That's great that we passed eachother. Such a small world. I believe that you were the crew that was topping out from a big climb from one of those paved roads? There was an empty trail magic beer box at the bottom of the climb? You guys had fairly big packs? I really had a lot of similar encounters on the AT this year. Three strangers knew me from my website, one from youtube, and two other connections from the internet. Plus you. Small world!

Tom, thanks for that link!

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
AT 2011 on 04/10/2011 17:24:06 MDT Print View

Hi Jack,
I've enjoyed following your trip on outside365. It's pretty clear that the AT has suffered in comparison to your PCT and CD trips, but your pictures and words really captured a slice of hiker life. Great job. Any idea yet if you will be rejoining the trail?

Andy Schill
(Aschill) - F
Thanks! on 04/12/2011 10:23:25 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing your pictures, it looks great out there. I'm jealous.

Robert Carver
(Rcarver) - MLife

Locale: Southeast TN
Re: My AT 2011 Photos on 04/12/2011 18:00:50 MDT Print View

Jack, great photos. Looks like you had a great trip. I think you passed me and my friend on the trail between Ice Water shelter and Pecks Corner shelter while we were eating lunch beside the trail.