[at-l] SoRuck Count Down!!!

Steve Miller atlists at millers-house.org
Mon Jan 11 20:35:49 CST 2010

Sigh...   I had really hoped to make it to two SoRucks in a row for 
once.  But a few weeks ago, I get offered this "job" thingy that they 
promise pays real money.  At least this time I get to stay in this 
hemisphere!  But I'm going to have to miss another one.  I'll be there 
vicariously though the list.

On the bright side, the job is only a six month contract, so I'll be out 
of work again by summer.  Wait...that's not a good thing.


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/ 
> <http://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:  
> http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pLQjeEZIQO4T4_JGqKt4QKw
> 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 <mailto:gadog430 at charter.net> or Tenacious Tanasi 
> (Shelly Morgan) at tenacious_tanasi at yahoo.com 
> <mailto: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 
> <http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=5865>).  Spirit 
> Eagle aka the awesome hiking duo of Jim & Ginny Owens 
> (www.spiriteaglehome.com/ <http://www.spiriteaglehome.com/>) will be 
> winding down the evening with a show on Canada's Great Divide Trail 
> (www.spiriteaglehome.com/gdt.html 
> <http://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 
> <http://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 
> <http://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/ <http://www.appalachiantrail.org/>) and 
> ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association - www.aldha.org/ 
> <http://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 
> (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/americas-wild-spaces/3591/Overview).  
> After that wraps up, then Five Leaf Clover aka Marta Clark will then 
> present her 2006 SOBO (southbound) AT (Appalachian Trail) thruhike 
> adventure (http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3277)
> 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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