I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021

2020 AT Thru-Hiker Tag

I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2021

Special Announcement! Corona Virus Update

Because of the Corona Virus, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recommended that no one hike the AT in 2020. I decided to delay my hike until late March 2021. I continue to post new videos with thoughts and gear information. Thank you for following me.

I have decided to have the trip of a lifetime; I’m going to through hike the entire Appalachian Trail beginning in March 2020, er, make that March 2021 due to Covid.

The ATC gives out hang tags to thru hikers. This is my 2020 hang tag, front and back. On the back, they print a Leave No Trace (LNT) item and in 2020, it was Respect Wildlife.

2020 AT Thru-Hiker Tag
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Hang Tag

it is over 2,192 miles long stretching through 14 states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. It will take 5,000,000 steps and I’ll go through 6 pairs of trail runner shoes.

I will be VLOGGING the entire hike on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel and view various gear and hiking videos. If you click the little bell on a video page and then select All Videos, you will be notified when I post new videos. My channel is JLDRDOTCOM and is located here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jldrdotcom

Monetary Contributions – Gear and thru hiking costs money and Vlogging takes a lot of time and effort. If you enjoy my videos, consider donating. Every dollar helps. I will keep track of all donations and plan to do something special for each person who donates after my hike is complete.

https://paypal.me/JLDRDOTCOM

What do you carry in your backpack to survive for months on a backpacking hike? Click on the picture below to watch my video on all the gear I am taking.

I also created a Gear page of gear i will be taking on the AT. You can find the Backpacking Gear page. Also, I am sponsoring an organization called PAWS during my thru-hike.  You can read about them on my Backpacking Gear page.

Finally, if you would like to help support or sponsor my thru-hike, I would certainly appreciate a donation.  I accept PayPal donations HERE

Guess what? There are tons of Privy’s / Outhouses so you know I’ll be featuring lots of them in my VLogs.

Victor Hayes Outhouse Art

Comment from a visitor about the shirt his pictures are on…

I met Victor Hayes probably about the time he drew the outhouses that were on the t-shirt. I was a high school kid from Grand Rapids, MI. My parents were teachers and we lived in Elk Rapids during the summer.

I don’t remember where he lived in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, but he rented a tiny white cabin, across from the Elk Rapids Golf Club, for the Summer. He would sit outside his tiny cabin and paint. He had his art displayed, for sale. I think he rented that same little cabin for multiple years.

He was known to be kind of a jerk. If a golfer hit a ball across the street, and near into the little cabin resort, Victor would grab it and wouldn’t give it back.

I somehow got ahold of him and made an appointment to meet him. I was hoping to get some advice and encouragement. I wanted to be an artist (I ended up not a painter, but a graphic designer). I don’t remember what he told me (or didn’t tell me), but I remember going back to our cottage and telling my mom that he wasn’t encouraging and that he was kind of a grump. He wasn’t very nice.

A few years later I heard that he died in a car accident. He used to drive an old Chevy Impala. I think it was a ’64. It was copper color or medium brown metallic.

That’s my memory of Victor Hayes. I liked his art, he did a lot of fall-color landscapes in watercolor. He was a good artist, but not such a nice guy.

Regards, Brek R.

The Finns Know: Indoor Toilet vs. Outdoor Outhouse (Water Closet)

Someone I worked with in Germany sent me an article written in German about Outhouses in Finland.  The basic thought of the article was “We are free from worries in this small outhouse.”

The Finns Know: One of the last Outhouses from the past
HC statt WC – Outhouse instead of Indoor Water Closet
The Finns Know: One of the last Outhouses from the past
The Finns Know: One of the last Outhouses from the past

GermanOuthouseArticle

I am working on getting this article translated. If you want to provide a summary in English, please comment on it. Thanks!