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.
The Mount Rogers wilderness area in southern Virginia. The region was absolutely beautiful. The Appalachian Trail wanders off into the distance.
Other published works.
Feb, 2008: How Field Day Broke My Heart
Radio Fun Magazine
Feb, 1995: A closer look at the Twin-Lead Marconi Antenna
American Motorcyclist Magazine
Jun, 2000: Drawing on Memories
Road Rider Magazine
Winter, 1990: Inuvik, "The Place of Man"
Communications Technology Magazine
Jul, 1996: Cable Modems: Preparing for high-performance surfing
Heath Electronics Magazine
Jul, 1990: Don't Leave Home Without It