Alan Roddy, President, Appalachian Trail Club of Florida:“Dennis tells us a quirky but endearing and ultimately inspiring tale, about not only the daily challenges that the Appalachian Trail throws down for hikers, but also the unexpected challenges of a life-threatening heart condition, and how he overcame both with the same persistence and positive outlook. Along the way we find out just what to do when a bear visits us in the shower. “
Grace Tyner, Mountain Marching Moma’s:End-to-end Appalachian Trail hiker and radio amateur, K1YPP, Dennis Blanchard, a real ham, never had to use that SOS signal in spite of daunting medical problems. But he did contact many radio operators using his homemade radio fragrantly stored in a mint tin. No cell phones for this electronics engineer who was often mistaken for Santa Claus minus the little round belly – he was always hungry!
This was no “walk in the woods.”
Dennis tells of his many encounters with wild life on his 2,175 mile hike – even with exciting “bare” facts.
What a page turner, especially if you are a hiker, but entertaining and educational for all. Just makes you want to put on those boots to experience again the hike of a lifetime.
Other Sites of Interest
November, 2009 Radio Interview on Doing Stuff Outdoors with the late Gary Mittelholtz. Gary passed away in March 2010 of a heart attack while cross country skiing. Click here and a pop up will play.
Book Signings and Public Presentations
Authors Connection11 March, 2014 :Author, Dennis R. Blanchard presentts a tutorial on how to create a book trailer at the Fruitville Library, Sarasota, FL. This event is open to the public. Here is the reference sheet for that presentation. Feel free to use it as a guide for the presentation:
Clicke Here: Presentation reference sheet.
Your event posted here!2 December, 2013: Folks at Sun City are invited to the radio club meeting in the community center. Author, Dennis R. Blanchard will be presenting his story about walking the Camino de Santiago in 2011. This presentation has a "ham radio" flavor to it, but is of interest to all the members of the Sun City community. Join them at 14:00 for this exciting and interesting presentation.
Sun City Ham Radio Club, Sun City, Florida
3 November, 2011, Farmers Market Book Fair: Sarasota, Florida. Book signings and sales with many of the local Sarasota authors. 7 am until 1 pm. Come and find a book, a treat and a fun day at the Farmers Market on . Dennis Blanchard will be there for the whole day
Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, 20 May. On Sunday, 20 May, at 09:15 AM, Dennis Blanchard is scheduled to speak at the Dayton Hamvention, at the HARA Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Last year's turnout was fabulous, so come early to avoid standing room only. His topic is : Backpacking Amateur Radio on the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Sarasota, Florida, 5 May.
Dennis Blanchard will be speaking at the District 47 Toastmasters Conference. The conference is being held at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency, . The presentation will begin at 10 AM in Ballroom A. Dennis will explain how Toastmasters can take their speeches to the next level, a magazine article, or even a book or ebook. Come early, there is only seating for 75 people. Following Dennis' presentation will be a presentation by Liz Coursen, "The Seven Steps To A Wildly Successful Book Tour."
Sarasota, Florida, 2 May.
The Sarasota Fiction Writers Club will meet at the Selby Library on First Street at 6 PM in the Gebhart Auditorium. Dennis Blanchard will speak about publishing and writing in today's environment. Indie Publishing vs. the more traditional routes will be covered, as well as ebook publishing and what that means to an author today.
6 November, 2010, Farmers Market Book Fair: Sarasota, Florida. Book signings and sales with many of the local Sarasota authors. 7 am until 2 pm. Come and find a book, a treat and a fun day at the Farmers Market on . Dennis Blanchard will be there for the whole day.2 September, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation at the Atlanta, GA Amateur Radio Club. This will be a private event. Contact for more information
.2 September, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation at the Atlanta, GA Amateur Radio Club. This will be a private event. Contact for more information1 September, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation at the . Glouster County Amateur Radio Club. This will be a private event. Contact for more information
30 August, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation at the Hampstead, NH Library at 7pm. The event is open to the public. Come prepared for a fun and humorus photo essay of the Appalachian Trail.
28 August, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation at the Boxboro ARRL Amateur Radio Convention in Boxboro, MA at noon. The convention is at he Holiday Inn, . The rest of the afternoon will be at a yet to be determined table at the event. There is a gate fee to enter the convention, but it is open to the public and is a great opportunity to learn something about Amateur Radio.
17 August, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation to PART, the Police Amateur Radio Team, WB1GOF, in Westford, MA.
13 July, 2010: Author, Dennis R Blanchard will be giving a presentation to the Sarasota Authors Connection writers club at the , Sarasota, FL. If you've ever had the desire to publish your first work, come and find out what it takes. Open to the public. Club membership is FREE!
13-15 May, 2010: Thur-Sat. Book signing at the Hamvention in the Fairborn, Ohio and the HARA Arena in Dayton, Ohio. I shuttled between the two locations. Books were available until they ran out. I had the pleasure of talking about hiking the Appalachian Trail with a large number of radio amateurs.
I had some of my gear with me that I used on the A.T. hike and thoroughly enjoyed sharing what I know with them and I learned from them.
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