Month: December 2016



Clay Bonnyman Evans, 55, is a writer who moved to the beaches of South Carolina in 2015 after spending his previous life in the mountain west and California. His three published books—a memoir about his years working as a cowboy, a children’s holiday picture book, and the story of an iconic hardware store in Boulder, Colo.—are out of print, but you can find them on the Amazon Marketplace by searching his name. He blogs at claybonnymanevans.com, including the ongoing tale of his thru-hike, The Trail Is the Teacher.  He’d be delighted to hear from any fellow hikers, so feel free to email him about anything at claybonnyman@gmail.com.

I found Clay to be a really interesting guy to chat with. He started his hike in 2016 with the intention of just doing a long section hike. However, the trail got to him and he worked out his own way to achieve a thru-hike. We discuss a number of topics, but I was most interested in the way he brought up the fact that a sort of depression can descend upon you after your hike. As my wife, Diane, says, “you all seem to get some form of depression after the trail and have difficulty getting back to your lives.” I’d really love to hear from any of you who feel that you can explain this phenomenon.

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The prolific Dixie has 15,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel following her 2015 thru-hike. Her engaging manner has drawn people in and that shines through in this episode. She is also a successful author, publishing her book, Take a Thru-Hike: Dixie’s How-To Guide for Hiking the Appalachian Trail (picture below). She shares a few of her stories in this episode, as well as talking about her videos, which she posts on a weekly basis. For anybody considering hiking the AT in 2017, watch Dixie’s videos covering all the issues you and your wife/mother/husband/father will be worrying about as you set out on your journey of a lifetime.

Apart from her YouTube channel and her book, there are many other ways to connect with Dixie. Her blog can be found at http://www.homemadewanderlust.com/, while she is also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Just click any of the links and they will take you to Dixie’s sites. For some reason, this only works if you’re on my podcast website.

Please make sure that you come and listen to the podcast every Thursday. You’ll be able to find all the episodes at my website, mightyblueontheat.com, as well as on iTunes and Stitcher.

While you check out Dixie’s book, you may wish to head over to my story from my 2014 thru-hike. The books are My Appalachian Trial I: Three Weddings and a Sabbatical and My Appalachian Trial II: Creaking Geezer, Hidden Flagon. If you like my podcast you’ll love the books.



John was a lot of fun to interview. He’s also clearly a joyous hiker, despite hiking in 2003, one of the five wettest years on record. He gives back to the trail with his annual trail magic on Labor Day in Maine. Additionally, he heads a bunch of guys known as the “Fat Guys Back in The Woods.” Wouldn’t you want to be in that little group? If you do, or even if you’d like to chat with him about it or even join his trail magic spectacular, you can email him directly at john.skeezix@gmail.com.
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In 2016, Kaiha Bertollini, the Wild Card Ninja, laid claim to the unsupported hike record on the Appalachian Trail. This, despite no previous experience as an elite athlete or even any indication that she might be able to take such an endurance test on. The response in the hiking world was almost uniformly negative and very hostile. Kaiha agreed to tell me her story and, whether you believe her or not, it is gripping and worthy of an audience. The interview is not explicit, but her story on her website, hikeforourlives.org is certainly not for children. That said, I urge people to read what she has to say. She can be reached through the website under the contact page and will respond personally to every message. I’d also love to hear what you have to say about Kaiha and the interview.

If you click here, you’ll be linked to the visceral video I referred to in the interview. It left a lasting impression upon me. The language is very strong, so beware once more.

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Gabe Burkhardt has hiked on the Appalachian Trail three times: 2014, 2015, and 2016. He completed his thru-hike in 2016 but has covered more than 4,000 miles on the trail. When I hiked with Gabe, in 2014, he was known as Hermes, and his calm intensity left quite an impression upon those around him.

Coming back to the trail with the intention of an entire thru-hike in 2016, he charted his course with a truly visceral blog, named Almost Unsalvageable. He has a bunch of his artwork on the site and I’ve included a couple of examples at my website, mightyblueontheat.com, in the show notes for this episode (for some reason, these pics don’t get shown on iTunes or Stitcher). The first one is of Gabe on the sign at Katahdin, the second is a picture of the indispensable Miss Janet, while the third is a terrific representation of the AT sign, made from the equally indispensable Snickers!!

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You can also contact Gabe at gabeburkhardt@me.com and he’d be delighted to give you any assistance that he can.

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