The Trail Head

Hiking the Continental Divide, Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trail

I met Brian "Snaggletooth" Doyle on April 1, 1986 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina.
He sent me this diary of his Appalachian Trail hike. Below I will attach a few pages a day as scanned jpg files. Let me know if you have a problem viewing them.
Snaggletooth is pictured in the middle of the back row, waving, while I peek over Wayne Tucker's shoulder. Behind Wayne is the other Yankee Slackpacker, Eric Gallandt. Next to Tucker is "Lumber " Jack Mallory. The hiker behind him's name has escaped me.
Larry Budd, aka Larry the Loner, A.T. 1986




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Finally an ice storm and leaking tent on a hill outside Unionville induced me to abort my trip in favor of springtime hike.
So ended Snaggletooth's 1985 hike on the Appalachian Trail.





On April 5, 1986 I met Snaggletooth near Fontana Dam, the southern entrance to the Smokies.

Robie "Jumpstart" Hensley set himself apart from other hikers on the Appalachian Trail in 1986 by landing atop Springer Mountain in a parachute. He taught me how to notice and pick ramps, wild onions along the trail. Snaggletooth's journal reminded me of Robie's remarkable start. We all rested at the hostel in Damascus. Va.


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