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Appalachian Trail Days with Allyn Morton

Segment 3, May 13th, 2023

For over thirty-five years-Fix It Man-has held court in Damascus, VA, the week after Mother’s Day, to help AT Thru-Hikers patch, fix, & encourage their outdoor gear to continue the trek to the end.

Allyn Morton is with Eastern Outdoor Sales representing Big Agnes, Crazy Creek, & Bertucci watches but he is also the unofficial mayor of Appalachian Trail Days.  His endearing trail names comes from his volunteering to help the hikers that come to the festival.

He’s seen outdoor equipment change from heavier canvases & steel frames on backpacks to lightweight nylons & carbon fiber.  He’s also seen hiking boots go from being 4 pounds of heavy  leather to now being practically outdoor running shoes.

There are over twenty-thousand people in the hiking community that descend on Damascus on May 18-21, 2023.  The visitors are made up of people that are attempting a 2023 Thru-Hike, a reunion of those who have hiked it before, & thousands of AT volunteers and supporters of the trail.

Games, speakers, raffles, performances, & games are all a part of this festival.  Although Morton states that the stars (Robert Redford & Nick Nolte) of the feature film, A Walk in the Woods, based on the Bill Bryson book of the same name, haven’t made an appearance.

Here’s the full schedule of events at Appalachian Trail Days 2023

The Carolina Outdoors host wore his On Cloud shoes in Charlotte during this interview to represent the fast hikers & then changed over to Asolo Hiking boots in Charlotte half-way through the interview.

Show Recap & Black Bass Slam in SC

Segment 4, May 13th, 2023

Special thanks to Alen Baker of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians & Allyn Morton from Appalachian Trail Days for joining the program this week.

One announcement:
The SCDNR Black Bass Slam is being promoted & celebrated by the state of SC.  The goal is getting people to fish more places in the state while pursuing other species of fish.  The four targets are Largemouth, smallmouth, redeye, & spotted bass.

Participants must email photos of the fish from the side & a pic of themselves with the fish.  Each submission must include date, location, angler contact info & your fishing license number.  This can be sent to SCBassSlam@dnr.sc.gov

Check out this link for more info; Black Bass Slam (sc.gov)

The Carolina Outdoor producer, TJ, thinks that an 8-weight fly rod in Charlotte would be perfect to pursue all four of the black bass species.

Wardrobes for the podcast host are brought to you by the outdoor store in Charlotte, Jesse Brown’s Outdoors.  Bill Bartee was wearing Mountain Khaki pants from Jesse Brown’s along with his Free Fly Shirt in Charlotte & Jesse Brown’s Leather Patch Hat.  His performance underwear? Worn just for this performance & from the other side of the store, the fly shop in Charlotte.