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Appalachian Trail 2019 Thru Hiker Class update March 3rd


hey ya’ll Ramdino here coming at you from
once again rainy North Carolina well welcome to the February 3rd update of
the 2019 Appalachian Trail through my car class if you knew the channel that’s
where a lot of folks come to get updates on who the through hikers are where
they’re at on the trail what’s going on the trail some news and updates a little
bit of weather and just other things going on with the Appalachian Trail
through hiker class of 2019 and what we’re trying to do here is just build
community build a tighter hiker community take that hiker community and
help support the 2019 through hikers all the way the Katahdin are all the way to
spring or whichever direction they’re going no bows so bowler flip-flops don’t
matter we want to support them all if you’ve got an Instagram account or a
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then please let us know if we if you haven’t already what that link is to
that and we want to make sure that all the subscribers and everybody that even
those that are not subscribers help support you all the way to Katahdin and
back and back to Springer and just keep you pumped up all the way so best way
that you can do that is you can go down and you can subscribe to this channel
hit that little bell to get the notifications and we’ll update you once
a week on what’s going on and we’ll also throw in a couple of my adventures on
the Appalachian Trail and some other things that I do with hiking along the
way so that’s the best way to support them then you can go to my facebook page
at Ram Dino roaming the trails and you’ll find the complete list of all the
through hikers and their links there where you can go and click on
everybody’s link to go to them and you can follow them and take a take a time
to make a comment and just let them know that you’re supporting them and let them
know how they’re doing and that you just appreciate what they’re doing let’s go
ahead and dive right into the update for this week we’ve got current registration
no bow is 1824 that’s up from last week from 1740 so it has climbed up a little
less than a hundred people that have since last week have signed up a
registered nobo flip-floppers was 88 not quite not
near as meaning of course we wouldn’t expect it to be was up from Haiti
six from last week and suppose our 95 from ninety from last week so the solo
registrations are picking up somewhat but again just like flip-floppers we
won’t see near as many of those so we’re we’ve hit the 2000 mark plus so we’re
about two thousand seven plus own folks that are registered for the trail and
that is a as of today this morning sometimes so last week we had 1916 I had
while I was down at code this past weekend I spoke with one of the Rangers
down there and they said that the registrations are about 10% lower this
year than they were last year and I asked him what he attributed that to and
he said that the economy is doing well more people are not between jobs like is
the case a lot of time with people that are in between jobs for whatever reason
they take off on the trail and kind of use that as a break to regather their
thoughts or to get ready for the new job and and he just said in general the
economy is doing well and people are working so that was one of the main
reasons he said that he had triggered it too so that’s a good thing that more
folks are working of course we always like to see people out there enjoying
the joy creation and getting out there on the trail and just enjoying
everything but at the same time I’m glad that more folks are working so while I
was down there this weekend I took a peek at the registration log and we are
well over five hundred now so five hundred and probably somewhere short of
fifty maybe or maybe more than that so in any case the next we’re right in the
midst of the hiker bubble and so there’s gonna be a ton of folks stepping off
within the next couple of weeks of course we have did max a trail out on
March 1st it’s maxed out again on April 1st and Ezra predicted on the 18th its
marked maxed out then we may have one stay in there where we may have a maxout
day but that will probably be it for the year and of course the 50 is what the
ATC puts the maximum at so well March first we had 60 plus people that stepped
off and while I was looking in that registration book I looked at a few of
the names and there’s a place that registration book where people can check
whether they register through the ATC before they got there and there was
quite a few that didn’t so I didn’t go all the way through that book but I did
notice there’s quite a few that hadn’t registered so those numbers that that
I’ve given you are taken directly from the ATC web site and obviously those are
not completely accurate just because folks don’t always register until they
actually get down to Springer or Harpers Ferry they’re flip-flopping or Katahdin
of course not Katahdin but they’re at the Baxter State Park ranger station if
they’re so both so new vloggers that we’ve got to the channel Paul Allen is
flip-flopping from Waynesboro don’t have a date for him Jethro Boateng Bodine is
a veteran and he is a trail name of anchor and he’s know both v of marks
trail huggin tramps are no boat late March do you Instagrammer instagramers
we got is Thomas Diggs he’s nobody the 3rd of March Tony Davis he’s also a
trail name of Willie longshadow he’s number of 19th of March Zuko 47
underscore USMC is a veteran and he is know Bo the 7th of March and Jennifer
Aniston was flip-flopping from Harpers Ferry she’s number from there on the
second of May Facebook we added La Hines and Christopher are hiking together
there no Bo 14th of April and also Jethro Bodine has a Facebook page that
that he included there so if you’re a current vlogger or a blogger and I
didn’t name you there and you’re new to the channel then please get back to me
and let me know if I left you off and you told me then I apologize for that
keeping up with a lot of folks here so may have left somebody out so please
don’t take offense of that get that back to me and again go to the Facebook page
Randy no the trails where you’ll find the
complete list of over 200 places 200 channels and social media accounts and
folks that were following this year in 2019 weather report we got coming up and
this is gonna focus around the Springer Mountain Franklin in Damascus because we
do have wrong way is up but he’s just north of Damascus of course today is
gonna be rain most people are off the trail because it no no is it rain but
we’ve got some bad weather some cold weather coming in with this rain is a
lot of people got off the trail but after the after today it looks like
you’re going to have a great week of sunshine at least for most of the
southern portion of the trail through the end of the week the weekend looks
like it may be wet and in some places a little further north north of Georgia it
actually you may have some rain coming in on Thursday so um you’re gonna have
about 50 percent chance of rain coming in on the weekend from Springer and
about 70 percent chance around Franklin and Damascus coming in actually coming
in on Thursday Franklin temperatures are going to be
cold at night it gonna be in the low 20s with a 16 degree forecast for Tuesday
that’s the temps of Springer lows or still be below freezing in low 20s and
first of the week you are going to have highs in the mid 40s in the mid 50’s and
then wrong way around which round around Damascus or north of Damascus its temps
gonna be about five degrees colder the first couple nights of the week so it is
gonna get below freezing well below freezing so things like your saw your
squeeze or other filters run the risk of freezing and damaging them and then not
operating properly or not filtering properly of course your phone batteries
your batteries of packs are gonna be depleted so you like to sleep with all
that including your shoes or boots unless you want to wake up in the
morning and try to get your wiggle your toes into some ice blocks so I’d
recommend sleeping with those and putting everything down the bottom of
your your bag or your quilt or whatever
you’re using I’ve got lots of videos from people that are doing their final
videos and gear videos I won’t go through all those now because we’re
concentrating now more on folks that I don’t know if they’re on the trail and
we’ll do that so Sarah hikes she’s over Blood Mountain somewhere around Neal’s
gap and she’s possibly there waiting out the storm Artemis is taking a zero at
the nock and her new shoes that she got in Franklin she said are doing her great
and she is getting ready and getting pumped up to hit that big climb out of
the knock head toward Fontana so heartless we’re glad to hear that your
shoes are doing good and everything’s going well for you and just keep on
going girl you’ve got this Eric Camus is uh picked up his tag and
he is no bugger from Springer traveling outside the bats they are past Long
Creek Falls and they are probably at or almost to Neal’s gap by now
wrong way is in Grayson Highlands and he is staying tonight
today at the general store they’re waiting out this winter storm and he
found a tiny hostel last night of night before last and you’ve heard of tiny
houses where this was a tiny hostel and the owner had left the door open for him
and it was free for him to go inside he had a room with Windows he had his old
privy there the name of the hospital hostel was Virginia Road 600 parking lot
restrooms so got a weird name for a hostel but you know you really can’t
beat the price so I’m not sure if wrong way is gonna give it five star review or
not but hey any port in a storm right wrong way so let us know how that
went on your own your videos Jersey redneck along with AOL or getting there
hold up and Franklin waiting out the storm and they’re at the budget in or
over at Baltimore Jack’s hostel and they’ll be starting back on the trail
tomorrow after the storm passes traveling outside the backs they ought
to be somewhere around Neal’s gap Mike and Kathy have stepped off from Springer
pork chop his last known was cold spring shelter so he may be coming into the
dock now hopefully it is to be getting out of this storm that’s coming in
overnight out roaming is it should be at Neal Gap
Craig mains last known was it good of hospital while he was doing a
interview with Zed and then Zed was supposed to get him back out to wine and
stairs so he could get back on the trail and get on up towards Sylar bald shelter
I’d say hiker he is back on the trail after an injury being down for a couple
weeks in Knoxville so his last on his ice water shelter in the Smokies bear
bag he’s somewhere north of our mountain so he’s passed a hundred mile mark he’s
possibly in Franklin should be at the NOC any day Julie be somewhere around
Neal’s pjo matey he’s passed 100 mile mark and he’s probably in Franklin now
and taking the day off and joined some time with his wife Richard gab is
somewhere around Neal’s his last known was gutes gap shelter hot mess hikers
she stepped off from Springer hiking with finger toes stepped off the
Springer Dudley do-right in dynamite they are past Unicoi Gap Wonder Woman or
wonder women they are resting in helen georgia and underdog on the trail is
somewhere in the smokey so we had a his usual six day a week update from
underdog so he must be somewhere in the Smokies without any type of signal so if
I missed your update I apologize for that let me know a lot of folks that
could only go back so far before I had time to get this update out today folks
that have gotten off the trail applesauce he’s off the trail and of the
pork chop and applesauce duo and he is probably not coming back so he’s gonna
be supporting porkchop as porkchop heads up toward Virginia for a while so
applesauce would appreciate you looking at the porkchop and we and George you
why are you out there and and just look forward to what what’s going on with you
later on and then also we lost from fad to Katahdin he apparently just started
the trail and had some type of accident I’m not sure what it was but he
indicated it was a fall because he said watch where your feet are and watch your
footing so you must have got hurt somehow
we don’t know where that’s at but sorry we’re sorry to hear that from fact to
Katahdin and hopefully if you’re gonna get back on the trail you’re let us know
but let us know that you’re all healed up and you’re good to go for for
everything else my car starting next week we got bearded servant hiking
northeast starting March 9th these nobo Jared’s 80 is through
hikin nobo March 5th boho berry only 80 is nobo the second week in March Method
Man 80 I don’t have a date for him but he’ll be starting next week and read
urban draw he is no beau the 3rd of March so good luck to you guys and keep
us updated keep us posted news from the trail Otzi hiker we already mentioned
he’s back on the trail thumper from last year finished his hiking over here in
Virginia in Oz who is from the hiking sailor channel helped him do that and so
thumper got it done in 365 days so appreciate or congratulations on that
thumper and you also have the record for the most zeroes so he had 170 0 days
from the time he summoned it to the time he came back and picked up that length
last section so so thumper congratulations one of the things that
they noted to to me while they were in Virginia was that the blow downs in that
section was terrible up there there’s somewhere around mile 575 and they just
had some terrible blowdown so this has been a terrible year for blow downs some
of that has been because of the government shutdown that we had they
drove my containers couldn’t get out there during that time Artemus they told
me earlier this week that she when she was coming up through the Alberta
Mountain area in North Carolina that she had had terrible blow downs and that was
even blow downs with bushes like rhododendron bushes through the green
tunnel and big trees so I did get a report from somebody that they were
starting to clear some of those rhododendron bushes so hopefully they’re
going to get to those big trees as well and just remember along with those
blowdowns the more blowdowns you see the more dead falls or dead man’s you’re
going to see hanging up in the trees or you can expect and it’s the ones that
you don’t see that caused a problem jersey rednecks had one actually fall
out and hit their tent in the middle of the night and so fortunately I just hit
the side of the tent the corner understand it didn’t cause any real
damage there but had it hit across them where they had been sleeping or
something that could have been catastrophic so uh Jersey rednecks were
glad things worked out the way they did so you guys that while you’re out there
when you get picture shelter or hang your hammock
make sure there’s no dead man’s over you look up in the trees really well because
when it gets windy and these storms come through up there they’re going to come
out of the out of the trees and there’s no telling where they come so be careful
with that and you know it’s better to get to camp during the daylight so that
you can look up and maybe determine if those limbs above you that are still
connected or or rotten or not so just try your best to do that because uh you
know if you get hit and with those you’re done then several folks also
trying to navigate through the dead man or the the dead falls the the blowdowns
have torn gear and everything so if it’s one that’s a really difficult it’s good
that you’re trying to go through it rather than make a new trail and causing
damage and violating Leave No Trace principles but you know pickier you may
need to just carry your pack and instead of carrying on your back and may need to
carry it in your hands to get across or if you’re with somebody else maybe hand
it to them and and to keep from damaging equipment you know your equipment while
the materials we have now or good materials in there they’re lightweight
and waterproof along with the lightweight comes the propensity for
them to get torn easier particularly around trees and things like that so
just be careful that we don’t want anybody tearing up their equipment and
causing them water problems on down the way and then also got a report that if
anyone out there is associated with the Nantahala hiking club the that maintains
the trail from not sure somewhere around widening stair gap to the knock that the
Siler ball from the sila mall shelter to the knock the privies are in terrible
shape they are maxed out to the top of the privy and there’s no compost there
so it’s only gonna get worse with a bubble coming through we appreciate all
y’all do as trail maintainer but just let you know that that is a
problem and maybe y’all know y’all were probably busy with blow downs right now
I appreciate that but maybe if we could get to those pretties that would be
wonderful one of the thru-hikers said they
is approaching the Smokies was telling me about the issue of dehydration and
that can be a really debilitating thing that can occur you know that was that’s
one of the places where a lot of people try to cut their pack weight is by
cutting their water down you know they only carry one liter or a liter and a
half of water and the problem with that is if you don’t have a big enough supply
then rather than taking the time to stop take off your pack take out your filter
filter put it back on put it back in your pack and then get back on the trail
well that just takes a lot of time and people just they don’t want to go to the
trouble because it’s just not convenient because they’re right in the groove but
but you get dehydrated and that can lead to terrible terrible things it can cause
a you know I mean Nicky be so bad is to cause organ failure it causes a malaise
you just don’t feel good you’re not hiking as well it could lead to death or
even worse you having to get off the trail so please stay dehydrated if you
don’t have at least two liter capacity to carry two liters at your next
trailhead or next place Pete please pick those up so that you have that the
ability to carry that much water so that you stay dehydrated even the winter heat
when it’s cold you need to be drinking a lot of water so that could be a problem
and I hope you’ll do that now some pretty cool happens coming up Big Blue
Mountain gear is a gear manufacturer and they’re collaborating with us on a gear
giveaway so stay tuned for that and I’ll be coming up in a couple videos met lots
of folks from the general community and also just the hiker community in general
and ADCO this past weekend I’ll be putting together a video for that and in
the meantime you could go check out quicksand on the trails video he did a
good one on the Hat Co there at Amicalola State Park the Appalachian
Trail kicked off for 2019 so we had a great time and look forward to sharing
my video with you guys from harken sailin channel has created yet another
challenge so his challenge is really an actual great one and this
helps the trail and hikers alike and that is he has challenged everybody to
pick up ten pieces of debris off of the trail so that the trail maintain ders
don’t have to do it and to keep it out of the way of hikers so don’t pick up
something so big you get hurt but I’m gonna add to that and Ozzy likes to kind
of one-up everybody so I’m gonna one-up the one-upper and I’m gonna add to that
or include with it that the debris can also be a piece of trail trash so pick
up ten pieces of trail trash each day or as you go and deposit those in the next
trash can you come to it the next trailhead so there you go and I’m gonna
add I’m gonna meet that challenge and when I go on my hike hopefully this
coming weekend and I will video that and show you proof to you odds that I did
that and I’m gonna name three challengers I’m gonna name Artemis is
going to be my challenge challenger and I’m gonna get a twofer with Jersey
rednecks so there’s my three so you guys pick up some trail debris as you go
along and that’ll lead me out – like I just said I’ll be heading out hopefully
this weekend in North Carolina for a section hike from deep gap to rock gap
so stay tuned for that be putting out video for that
don’t forget down in the description section I’ve got hikers helping hikers I
got links for those and we added one this week and that is wild adventures
and they’re helping hikers up in Virginia by providing trail magic and
they’re teaching children and using allowing children to participate in that
trail magic and they’re teaching them all about the outdoors fishing and just
hunting and just camping and especially hiking and hiking on the Appalachian
Trail they are close by the Appalachian Trail they’ve done a lot of section
hikes on that so they are training up the next generation of hikers that are
coming up and folks that are going to be cleaning up and supporting the trail and
helping us as we age so we appreciate that wild adventures there’s a link
there and I hope you’ll go and check out their web page and subscribe to that
well that’s about it for this week I appreciate you staying tuned
and as always appreciate you they will see you out there

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5 thoughts on “Appalachian Trail 2019 Thru Hiker Class update March 3rd

  1. Hey Ramdino. I'll be starting NOBO 8th March and sharing my journey on Instagram! Heading to Dublin now for my first flight early tomorrow 😊

  2. Starting a NOBO from Springer parking lot on 3/18. Will be a couple-three weeks on trail, couple off to work…repeated until I finish or get winter-weathered off the trail in the Fall. Did approach trail last month, will not repeat this time out. Trail name: Ozark

  3. If you just listen to the audio and have no clue what he's talking about I wouldn't blame you if you thought he was a sports announcer for the Kentucky Derby. Love your update. Searching for someone. Will get back to you. Thought that was hilarious about Porkchop and "hostel" in GHSP.

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