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FROM THE EDITOR

'Walk in the Woods': What Fate the AT?
The movie is expected to cause a test of the capacities of
the Appalachian Trail.
by Kurt Rheinheimer

This was mid-June, along the Virginia Appalachian Trail, walking southbound from
Va. 42.
The Greatest Day Hiker Of Them All and I
were making the ascent to Kelly Knob, a walk
we hadn't done in a long time.
Nor had we seen, maybe in all of our 11-plus years
of weekend hikes, such a string of northbound thruhikers. Nearly all young, nearly all looking far too
fresh and clean for the circumstance, and nearly all
pleased to stop and share a moment with the semigeezer day hikers. Several commented that they were
part of a "bubble" of thru-hikers along this section.
It occurred to us that here in the spring before the
release of the movie "A Walk in the Woods," (from the
1989 Bill Bryson book of the same name), we were getting a sneak preview of what southbound day hikers
in our region might cross in general next spring and
summer: A steady stream of hikers, akin to what we see
on the most popular sections of the trail here around
Roanoke; the whole trail becoming as crowded as a
weekend walk up to McAfee Knob, for instance.
Speaking of which: The "Walk in the Woods" poster
and DVD package features stars Robert Redford and
Nick Nolte ostensibly standing on the famous formation, a circumstance that will only add, perhaps ex6 BlueRidgeCountry.com

ponentially, to the crowds that already overwhelm the parking area on Va. 311 west of
Salem on many warm-weather weekends.
And to the general party atmosphere up on
the outcropping on weekend afternoons and
evenings.
(From the deparment of parenthetical ironies: Not
only did stars Redford and Nolte apparently never
set foot on McAfee, writer Bryon and co-hiker Katz
skipped that section as well on their on-now, off-now
walk of the trail.)
The movie is scheduled to open nationwide on September 2.
The coming swell of hikers on the trail is a projected circumstance that has the Southwest and Central
Virginia Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail conservancy thinking and planning, some of which were
discussed last issue in the space.
But for now, pre-inundation, allow us to enjoy
the movie (mixed reviews at best, with some touting
the interplay between Redford and Nolte and others
charging them with doing little more than reading the
script), for its stars, for its ties to the trail we love, and
perhaps even a small nod to the fact that it was so long
in the making that the original walking pair was to
have been Redford and the late Paul Newman.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015

The Family Farm is Alive and Well in the Virginia Mountains
7 States of Mountain Treks, Complete with a Beer or Wine Stop
The Photo Essay: Autumn Beauty
Wendell Scott Gets His Due
Weekend: Where the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains Rub Shoulders
Chillin’ in Chattanooga
Charlottesville to Charleston aboard Amtrak
Great Tastes of the West Virginia Panhandle
Cavender Cabins: Enjoy the North Georgia Woods
From the Editor
Letters / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Country Roads
Festivals & Events
Singing in the Garden
Guest Column: Liz Belcher
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - B1
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - B2
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Letters / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - The Family Farm is Alive and Well in the Virginia Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 7 States of Mountain Treks, Complete with a Beer or Wine Stop
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - The Photo Essay: Autumn Beauty
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Wendell Scott Gets His Due
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Weekend: Where the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains Rub Shoulders
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Chillin’ in Chattanooga
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Charlottesville to Charleston aboard Amtrak
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Great Tastes of the West Virginia Panhandle
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Cavender Cabins: Enjoy the North Georgia Woods
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Singing in the Garden
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Guest Column: Liz Belcher
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