[at-l] SoRuck Count Down!!!

L. Clayton Parker l.clayton.parker at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 17:20:17 CST 2010

Lee I Joe and Rocksand
Once I knew where I was going, but now I have  forgotten.  Sometimes my mind
wanders.  Sometimes it goes alone, and other times it takes me along...this
isn't one of those times...

-----Original Message-----
From: at-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:at-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On
Behalf Of Sly
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 6:02 PM
To: Tenacious Tanasi
Cc: AT-L List
Subject: Re: [at-l] SoRuck Count Down!!!

Thanks Shelly!

Great job.  

One more thing, last call for name tags.  Here's the list...
http://www.soruck.net/nametags.html  Lots of body heat with 116 on the list.
If you can or can't make it, and I need to update the list, please let me

See y'all soon,


Tenacious Tanasi wrote: 

All right Ladies & Gents!  As of Monday, we are officially down to 4 days to
the SoRuck!!!
For all your ruck information, check out:  www.soruck.net/
Our host again this year is Sly aka Robert Sylvester.  Thanks for all your
hard work Sly man!
The SoRuck is held annually at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in Wesser,
NC on Martin Luther King weekend.  This year it falls this Friday, January
15 through Sunday, January, 17 with a few folks staying over and hanging out
in Cabin C on Monday, January 18.  Cabins are full, but you can call the NOC
and see if there are any spots in the bunkhouses available.  There are also
several accomodations available in Bryson City and Franklin..... (Google is
your friend!)
If you will be bringing a food item or want to volunteer for kitchen duty,
please sign up on this spread sheet:
If you have any problems putting your item on the spreadsheet, please feel
free to email your information to GADawg (Rosalyn Seagroves) at
gadog430 at charter.net or Tenacious Tanasi (Shelly Morgan) at
tenacious_tanasi at yahoo.com and we will gladly put your info on there for
you.  Rule of thumb is this... iffin you're gonna eat, then bring a dish!  
Check this line up! 
Friday Five Leaf Clover aka Marta Clark will start us off right with a
presentation of her 2007 hike of the John Muir Trail
(www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=5865).  Spirit Eagle aka the
awesome hiking duo of Jim & Ginny Owens (www.spiriteaglehome.com/) will be
winding down the evening with a show on Canada's Great Divide Trail
(www.spiriteaglehome.com/gdt.html) which they hiked in 2007.
Saturday morning OrangeBug will be treating us to his killer blueberry
pancakes after which there will be two hikes.  The first will be leaving out
at 7:30 am and led by Hooch & Bear Paw along the AT from Tellico Gap back to
the NOC and is considered a moderate to strenuous 7.9 miles.  Shuttle again
provided by Ron Haven.  Second hiking offering will take off at 8:30 am and
led by MotherNature & SmokeStack from the NOC to Rufus Morgan Shelter all of
which is 2 miles considered easy. 
After lunch and as the last of the straggling hikers make it in, we'll be
kicking off the afternoon with Winton Porter owner of Mountain Crossings at
Walasi-Yi (www.mountaincrossings.com/about-us.aspx) and Almost there aka
David Greenstein founders of MX Squared (www.mxsquared..org/
<http://www.mxsquared.org/> ) which is a Wilderness Youth Experience
non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of America's
wilderness and trail systems through the education of America's youth. I'm
really excited about this presentation as my daughters Agent Judy aka
Jerrica and Hambone aka Tori will be there with me!  If you love to hike
teach your kids about your the love of the outdoors!
Winton Porter
(vodpod.com/watch/1453416-winton-porter-knows-how-to-lighten-your-load) will
then be signing copies of his book "Just Passin Thru"
Women Hikers will be meeting in Cabin E for a sip of wine, snack on
crackers, and indulge in chocolate and hiking sisterhood!  If you knit,
bring your creations to show off!  If you're heading out on a hike this year
come prepared to share it.  Want a female to tuckerize your pack?  Bring it
with!  We'll all be glad to share pointers for gear.
There will be a silent auction, raffle, and gear swap with proceeds
benefiting the ATC (Appalachian Trail Conservancy -
www.appalachiantrail.org/) and ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers
Association - www.aldha.org/)  Please bring any hiking gear you would like
to donate and help both organizations out!
After indulging in a pasta dinner with all the fixins, Bulldawg will be
sharing "America's Wild Spaces" a National Geographic documentary about the
Appalachian Trail
view).  After that wraps up, then Five Leaf Clover aka Marta Clark will then
present her 2006 SOBO (southbound) AT (Appalachian Trail) thruhike adventure
We'll wind the evening down with a bonfire... no matter how cold!  (Just
need some folks to pitch in and bring some wood!)
Sunday morning Circuit Rider & Sherlock (http://www.heartbeatat.com/) will
hold our annual sunrise service. A Southern style breakfast will be served
including gravy & biscuits.  (Marsha you bring the fixin's and I'll make my
"catheads" for ya!  :))
All of you aspiring thru hikers bring your pack/gear.  There will be a
"Tuckerization" where experienced hikers will go through your pack with you
to weigh the pros and cons of each item.  Tons of wisdom to be shared by
this group, so bring your stuff and learn ways, tips, tricks to lightening
your load and what will work best for YOU on YOUR hike.
Sunday afternoon is always the sad part as we begin cleanup, packing, and
folks leave for home.  Bring your notepads to jot down new friend's info and
things you've learned along the weekend.
There will be a few folks staying on Sunday night into Monday.  Usually
there is a trail maintenance work trip and more details will be shared about
that later as they become available.  
Also, please try to find the register and sign in.  We know we never get a
dead on number, but it's kinda nice to see how many folks got together and
enjoyed the weekend.  (Also helps in planning the next year!)
So, come out for the weekend, come out for the day, and you will have a
wonderful time!
Tenacious Tanasi 



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