I've seen NP staff armed with AR's so I figure I had better be prepared as well.
And my wife always asked why I carry a pistol on the AT. Even when bow hunting.This is the same dude they were looking for up in Bursnville last month. He should have been dealt with WAY sooner.
Not really, many thru hikers still do it segment at a time, returning home in between, then driving/riding back to the next starting point. If not going home they may have friends/family meet them for layovers. It would be easy to be a thru hiker and still carry in legal states with support from friends/family, which most thru hikers have....most thru hikers also go through a few states that prohibit or restrict handgun carry, it makes it hard to comply with the laws and hike all the way.
Your description of the AT and my description of the AT are very different.I am headed to the AT tomorrow with scout troop. I would rather watch paint dry than go and walk under the canopy for three days. So much more fun stuff to do in NC than the AT. Extremely overrated and not at all looking forward it other than spending time with my son. Going because my son is really excited about this trip. I have offered him just about everything in place of going including float trip with guide in East Tenn, Offshore Fishing, Bush Gardens, Phelps Lake Bass Fishing etc. Walking for three days, primitive camping and no fresh water is not my idea of fun. It is different when I am out elk hunting or chasing bird dogs.
Things we do for our kids. Should I take 9mm or 38?
That is not necessarily true. I know from personal experience that pressing charges in the early events likely would not effect the events that happened later on the AT. If charges were pressed he still would of likely been released on bail a waiting trial. His lawyer would get a continuous and his actual trial could be months after he was initially arrested. He makes bail or gets released and he is back out in world. Nothing will happen till he misses his court appearance and then they issue a failure to appear warrant. He likely would of got back on the trail like he did and continue his crazyness. The wheels of justice turn painfully slow and the suggestion by some of the news reports and law enforcement that had initial witnesses delayed their departure from the area so they could hold this guy is not based on reality.This case also highlights the importance of following through with criminal complaints if you are a victim. All those folks that didn't want to get involved were just enabling this guy to escalate his threatening behavior.
I get it on the offshore itch this time of year. Waiting on the call for a dolphin coffin ride. Our Grady is sitting in Charleston waiting on a weather window....I hope that you are right. My experiences on the AT have not been all that fun. If I wanted to walk for three days I could do that on my farm or on the beach. Rally can not see much through the mountain canopy. Yesterday there was a decent marlin bite and much rather be offshore trying to raise a billfish.
I feel the same way about the amount of ppl up there, but the trail goes where it does for a reason. Ppl being there is the same reason I wouldn’t expect a private viewing of old faithful. Part of it.Well this is just my 2 cents I was born raised and bleed Appalachian and to me the AT is just silly I love to hike spend many many days in mtns hunt fish camp walking but I don't want anything to do with trail that puts bunch people in same spot. I have so so many beautiful spots I can hike camp in where I don't have to worry about nut job with knife stabbing me in back. I can take people on absolute gorgeous walks where you won't see a soul and won't have worry about legal carry. Just never understood why people want to be herded on a trail when there are thousands miles walking to be had in piece and quiet. Now take into account I'm bit of loner never was much for lot people just increases chance of running into one them nutcases
I’d love to hunt the section up in VA in Grayson Highlands. Between the balds, ponies and deer everywhere you could have a fun western style spot and stalk backpack hunt with great scenery and some unique scenarios (like ponies stampeding down the trail you are camped beside of). And the sunset, best sunset I have ever seen getting to watch the sun become an orange ball sinking across the flat horizon. Best part was when I went in mid-June the joker traffic was sporadic, so come hunting season and colder weather you’d have the place to yourself about.I feel the same way about the amount of ppl up there, but the trail goes where it does for a reason. Ppl being there is the same reason I wouldn’t expect a private viewing of old faithful. Part of it.
I like how used to people the deer get during the summertime....