Three hundred zeroes:
Alan Roddy, President, Appalachian Trail Club of
“Dennis tells us
but endearing and ultimately inspiring tale, about not only the daily
challenges that the Appalachian Trail throws down
but also the unexpected
challenges of a
life-threatening heart condition,
and how he
overcame both with the same persistence and positive outlook.
way we find out just what to do when a bear visits us in the
would you like to go on a hike? How about a real long hike that is 2176
miles long and covers 14 state in the eastern United States?
Hundred Zeroes by Dennis Blanchard, K1YPP, captures the adventure of
hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) all the way from Springer Mountain
Georgia to Mt Katahdin in Maine. Because of heart surgery, Blanchard's
excursion took place over a two-year period, even thogh he had first
set out to hike the AT in one extended hiking season.
What challenges and
difficulties did he face along the way? What personal goals kept him
going forward when circumstances beyond his control seemed to dictate
otherwise? These questions about life on (and off) the Appalachian
Trail are answered in a very interesting, informative and enteraining
manner. Dennis' writing style takes the reader right along for the
hike. One begins to understand the joys and rigors of living in the
wilderness, facing the elements and meeting fellow hikers. The book's
subtitle, "Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail," is most
In addition to his hiking equipment, K1YPP
operated his hombrew low power CW transceiver with a wire antenna. The
book provides a good general explanation of Amateur Radio for
newcomers, and it and gives references for further
information.(See his "An Appalachian Journey" in the March 2010 issue
of QST, pp 67-69 for details about his on-the-trail radio operations.)
After reading this enjoyable book you just might be inspired to "hit
the trail" in your own personal way.
by Steve Ewald, WV1X
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When siblings promise to do something together when they ‘grow up,” is
it just wishful dreaming? When war and a Purple Heart Medal shatter
those dreams, should the surviving brother continue? The desire to
honor that promise to my brother haunted me for over forty years. At
long last, when there were no more excuses, I ventured out onto the
Appalachian Trail to fulfill that youthful promise.
describes my adventure on the
Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as it meanders for almost 2,200 miles (3,500
km) through some of the most awe inspiring, remote, vibrant woodlands
and mountains in the eastern United States. Maddeningly indirect at
times, the trail wanders aimlessly from Springer Mountain in Northern
Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, in central Maine. During my journey on the
A.T. I experienced encounters with every conceivable form of plant
life, vegetation, tree and animal from the minuscule pygmy shrew to the
titans of the north woods, the American black bear and moose.
The A.T. is also home to a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems
long past and faded from living memory. Walking through small boroughs,
villages and crossroads along the trail, I connected with people that
did not judge others by their worldly possessions, where they’re from,
or how big their house is. Inevitably the conversations were most often
about hiking experiences; trail conditions, animal encounters, distance
traveled, and the daily destinations. Surprisingly, the foremost
questions that always arose were, “Can I help?” or “Are you hungry?”
Life along the Appalachian Trail is more often than not factored down
to its lowest common denominator: honest to goodness caring and human
The menagerie of personalities encountered on the trail lead to
countless humorous moments. A cast of characters with monikers such as
“Cookie Monster,” “Bone Lady,” “Half-Elvis,” “Motor Butt,” “Bilge Rat,”
“Privy Monster,” and “Serial Killer,” ensured that there was never a
There were serious obstacles as well. The difficulties I endured
walking over 2,200 miles were easily underestimated and my trouble
began long before setting a first step on the trail. This book
demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes, extreme weather and challenging
terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's more subtle
Join me in the book, Three
, as I explore this national
treasure, the Appalachian Trail.
was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He and his wife Jane
moved to New Hampshire
in 1980 where he has climbed thirty 4000-foot mountains, biked the
trails and enjoyed the
Never living very far from the Appalachian
Dennis was always aware of the seductive siren’s call to hike it.
Dennis is an
electronics engineer who has freelanced for amateur radio, technical
motorcycle adventure magazines. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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alike. He is currently posting entries from other well-known authors in
the field and kindly asked me to post on anything I wish. My entry,
Bears, Mice and other Ferocious Beasts of the Wilderness examines the
dangers of hiking, or at least the perceived ones. Each
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