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Dennis R. Blanchard
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Journalist looking for information about bear encounters.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis R. Blanchard Sep 27, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi All:I haven't been on here is a while, nice to be back, the only thing better would be hiking out in those NJ trails. Anyway, since I'm an author, I belong to this mailing list called HARO: Help A…Continue

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NJ have any bears in this shade?

Started Apr 2, 2012 0 Replies

I chuckled when I saw the photo of this squirrel up in your neck of the woods. Purple…Continue

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Another year, another hike, this time the Camino de Santiago

Started this discussion. Last reply by njHiking.com Jan 2, 2012. 3 Replies

Hi All: Just wanted to wish everyone a great new year in 2012. Even though I'm sitting here in Sarasota, Florida in 70­° weather, my heart is out there somewhere on a trail trying to stay warm in the…Continue

Is your club looking for a speaker?

Started Feb 25, 2011 0 Replies

Hi All: I'll be going up north this year (from Sarasota, FL to New Hampshire) from late May until perhaps, mid-July. I have a photo presentation that I do showing my adventures on the Appalachian…Continue

Tags: Appalachian, Trail, presentation, zeroes, hundred

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Dennis R. Blanchard commented on Dennis R. Blanchard's blog post Chance for NJ to shine in a poll.
"The scenery is great in NJ, as are the bears. I had some wonderful encounters with the bears there. Not only that, one can find food easily along the way through NJ."
Apr 9, 2014
TJ Karakowski commented on Dennis R. Blanchard's blog post Chance for NJ to shine in a poll.
"I don't' know how NJ stacks up to against the Whites and the Smokies, but I bet we rank up there with some of the best privies on the trail!  "
Apr 9, 2014
Dennis R. Blanchard posted a blog post

Chance for NJ to shine in a poll.

Hi All: I just answered a poll on the best sections to hike in 3-7 days on the AT. Here's your chance to put the NJ section on the map. The poll started as a discussion on Facebook, on the Appalachian Trail forum.Here's the link to the poll:Favorite 3-7 Day AT sectionDennisAuthor of Three Hundred ZeroesSee More
Apr 8, 2014
Dennis R. Blanchard replied to njHiking.com's discussion Fall Foliage in New Jersey - 2012
"I hope all are well in NJ with hurricane Sandy blowing through. It feels so strange to be here in Florida, concerned about our friends up north. All the best. Dennis "K1" Blanchard"
Oct 30, 2012
Dennis R. Blanchard replied to Dennis R. Blanchard's discussion Journalist looking for information about bear encounters.
"I'm sorry Paul. On my AT thru-hike, I had an interesting encounter in NJ. Here is an excerpt from my book, Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail, that describes the event. I reference my "heart pounding,"…"
Sep 27, 2012
Paul replied to Dennis R. Blanchard's discussion Journalist looking for information about bear encounters.
"So? Are you just gonna leave us hanging????"
Sep 27, 2012
Dennis R. Blanchard posted a discussion

Journalist looking for information about bear encounters.

Hi All:I haven't been on here is a while, nice to be back, the only thing better would be hiking out in those NJ trails. Anyway, since I'm an author, I belong to this mailing list called HARO: Help A Reporter Out. I receive daily mailings that have lists of requests for almost anything.This one just came in. Someone is looking for information about bear encounters in NJ. It appears they're looking for residents of NJ (or former residents) that have had encounters in their yard, or maybe…See More
Sep 21, 2012
Dennis R. Blanchard posted a discussion

NJ have any bears in this shade?

I chuckled when I saw the photo of this squirrel up in your neck of the woods. Purple SquirrelIf only it could tell us where it had been? Hopefully, we don't start seeing bears in NJ in this shade.Dennis, K1See More
Apr 3, 2012
njHiking.com replied to Dennis R. Blanchard's discussion Another year, another hike, this time the Camino de Santiago
"I'd seen a trailer for that awhile ago and it looked interesting. Thanks for the reminder, I will check it out. Dawn"
Jan 2, 2012
Dennis R. Blanchard replied to Dennis R. Blanchard's discussion Another year, another hike, this time the Camino de Santiago
"Dawn, you might want to check out the movie,THE WAY, starring Martin Sheen, coming out on DVD on 21 Feb (2012). It is filmed on the Camino and even though the story is fiction, the scenery and sentiments of the movie do a credible job of giving a…"
Jan 1, 2012
njHiking.com replied to Dennis R. Blanchard's discussion Another year, another hike, this time the Camino de Santiago
"That must have been a wonderful trip! I've read several articles and seen an episode of Globe Trekker on the Camino de Santiago and it's always looked interesting. Dawn"
Jan 1, 2012
Dennis R. Blanchard posted a discussion

Another year, another hike, this time the Camino de Santiago

Hi All: Just wanted to wish everyone a great new year in 2012. Even though I'm sitting here in Sarasota, Florida in 70­° weather, my heart is out there somewhere on a trail trying to stay warm in the December weather. Jane and I walked the Camino de Santiago, in Spain, this year, during September/October. It was fantastic, if very different from the AT. No bears and many more hikers, something like 220,000 this year! There were villages typically every 5-10 km, so carrying food wasn't…See More
Dec 31, 2011
Daniela Wagstaff commented on Dennis R. Blanchard's blog post Bear injures two boys on NJ section of AT
"http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/local/i_came_face_to_face_with_a_bear_1_3008516 So it appears the camp counselor in charge of 11-13 year old kids camping in a park where you are pretty much guaranteed to encounter a bear was a 21-year-old from…"
Aug 31, 2011
Bob Workman commented on Dennis R. Blanchard's blog post Bear injures two boys on NJ section of AT
"Gotta luv this stuff.  So the DEP sends out a peerson that can't shoot, injures a wild animal (making it more of a threat), and then cant find the wounded animal.  Talk about a knee jerk reaction.  Then have to luv the…"
Aug 5, 2011
Daniela Wagstaff commented on Dennis R. Blanchard's blog post Bear injures two boys on NJ section of AT
"Here is the latest:  http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/bear_attack_update_nj_official.html Turns out the kids were not injured by the bear at all and now the poor bear is running around with a bullet in his neck. "
Aug 4, 2011
Dennis R. Blanchard commented on Dennis R. Blanchard's blog post Bear injures two boys on NJ section of AT
"Daniela, you gave me a laugh on that one! That bear and I have broken off our relationship and we're no longer talking!"
Aug 4, 2011

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What is your favorite NJ trail or park?
Appalachian Trail

My funniest moment hiking the A.T. was in NJ!

I had numerous funny moments on my hike of the A.T., but none was funnier than an event with a female bear at Wawayanda State Park. I won't go into the explicit details because it would spoil it for anyone reading my book, Three Hundred Zeroes, but I ended up in a very compromising position with the bear and I think we were both seriously traumatized for some time.

I was seriously impressed with the NJ remoteness, it wasn't what I expected. I was also surprised at the number of rattlesnakes in that region. This was not the NJ that I had expected at all.

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Chance for NJ to shine in a poll.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:28pm 2 Comments

Hi All: I just answered a poll on the best sections to hike in 3-7 days on the AT. Here's your chance to put the NJ section on the map. The poll started as a discussion on Facebook, on the Appalachian Trail forum.

Here's the link to the poll:

Favorite 3-7 Day AT section

Dennis

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Bear injures two boys on NJ section of AT

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 10:07am 8 Comments

Two boys injured by yearling bear encounter.

 

The thing that caught my eye was that there have only been 16 sightings this year? I had four just on my trek across NJ on the AT in 2008. I suppose most people don't report them. Anyway, I guess this bear was aggressive and a warden fired a shot and hit it, but I don't know what happened to the bear.

 

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At 3:27pm on November 12, 2010, Amanda Hinski said…
Hi Dennis, Glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

I was intrigued by one of your posts to the forum. You wrote a book about the AT?! I'll have to pick up a copy. I'm knee deep in an AT book binge right now!! Someday I'd like to do the AT myself, and since it's not possible right now, I'm living vicariously through the accounts of others. Pleased to meet you :)
At 8:27pm on July 14, 2010, Daniela Wagstaff said…
I was just going to suggest what NJ Hiking recommended. I also put your book in the side bar of my blog: http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/
At 9:09pm on July 13, 2010, njHiking.com said…
Hi Dennis - You may want to contact the NY/NJ Trail Conference, they sometimes coordinate speakers/presentations, or may know of groups looking to offer one. They are located in northern NJ, in Mahwah, and their site is http://www.nynjtc.org.

And I added your book to our site's book page, which is here: http://www.njhiking.com/nj_hiking_books.php
At 4:16pm on July 13, 2010, Daniela Wagstaff said…
I finished reading your book last night and I must say the mental image of you and the bear will be with me every time I am in Wawayanda State Park from here on out! I had just finished the part about the rattlesnake/log incident in CT on Saturday night only to find myself hiking in CT the next day, closely examining every log before stepping over it. Really enjoyed your book. The title was so appropriate once I figured out what it meant. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Especially considering your circumstances, that was quite an accomplishment!
At 9:16pm on July 2, 2010, Daniela Wagstaff said…
And to think I have hiked the A.T. in NJ often and have never seen a bear or rattlesnake on it. Go figure. Dying to find out what happened with you and your bear so I'll just have to get your book!
At 10:03am on July 1, 2010, njHiking.com said…
Hi Dennis - welcome to the site!

Dawn
 
 
 

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