Osprey Packs

My old Osprey Atmos 25 on the right and my new Osprey Skarab 32 on the left. I rarely use these for outdoor activities. I use them to pack an overnight bag when I’m staying in a hotel or to carry my laptop when my truck is in the shop.

[Update: I forgot to mention that the Osprey Skarab 32 cost about $120 at REI in Greenville, SC. I purchased the old Atmos 25 from https://www.ospreypacks.com/ years ago. I don’t remember how much I paid for it. By the way, the Atmos had an aluminum internal frame which kept the back of the pack away from my back except at my shoulders and hips. This was great for allowing air to flow through and keep my back cool but it made the pack very rigid and decreased the volume greatly. I removed the frame and the pack became a big floppy bag. It didn’t hang off my shoulders quite right after that but it worked well enough for my purposes. -Dedwarmo, Sioux City, Iowa, November 13, 2017, Latitude, Longitude 42.4364,-96.3709.]


Greenville, South Carolina

Latitude, Longitude

34.850208, -82.359978

White Blaze

When you see a white blaze like this you know you’re on the Appalachian Trail.  I believe this was taken in Duncannon, PA. 


Lehighton, Pennsylvania

Latitude, Longitude
40.832978 -75.708595
I’ve been staying in Lehighton, PA to rest my feet. I’ve walked about 230 miles since April 21st.


Lehigh River

Latitude, Longitude
40.788578 -75.607912

Took this photo this morning. I’m on a side trail near where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania.


Charging my phone

Latitude, Longitude
40.5627241, -76.0056038

Today I walked two miles off the trail (one way) to go to Walmart to buy food. Then I walked a little further to McDonald’s to sit next to an electrical outlet and charge my phone.  I’m trying to cut back on my time away from the trail and one thing I could do is charge my phone less often.  What would you think if I posted to my blog less often?

1186 Miles from Springer

Latitude, Longitude
40.495888 -76.466592
The Appalachian Trail starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia, mile 0. This photo was taken at mile 1186. I’ve hiked 163 miles since April 21st.


Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 

Latitude, Longitude
40.5338627, -76.4264255

Got a hiker shuttle to Comfort Inn. I need to do a resupply.  Met a couple new hikers, Sew Happy and Pete.  They decided to get a ride to a hotel. Cookie, who I’ve been hiking with for several days also decided to go to town to take care of a problem with her backpack.