5/19 and 5/20 HARDCORE! (0)

May 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Hardcore isn’t too hardcore.  But it is a lot of fun.  The best way to represent it is probably through this picture:

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We are hoping that Bob Peoples makes a flier out of this for next year to get new recruits enthused.  In reality, Hardcore is closer to this:

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Back in the golden days of thru hiking which spawned Riff Raff, Billville, and all the other fraternity-like organizations that recruit innocents during Trail Days, Bob Peoples (legend among men) began getting thru hikers involved in building the trail they walk on.  An experienced volunteer trail builder himself, Bob eventually created Hardcore which, in its 13th year, saw 100 volunteers build 2000 feet of trail, turning a harrowing, steep AT section North of Kincora into smooth switchbacks.
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We were excited to be part of the group that got to build, blaze, and officially walk this new piece of the AT.  It gave our walk a lot more perspective and was a really amazing opportunity to talk to people.  We met people who had been volunteering on the AT for decades, previous thru hikers, and also current thru hikers, weeks ahead of us on the trail, that we never would have met otherwise.  Although we worked hard both days and returned to the bunkhouses early, we found ourselves staying up late for good conversation.  It was a really nice transition after Trail Days, and let us work our weak upper body for a while.  We were also hailed on and rained on but it didn’t matter because we always had a real bed in a warm place to come back to at Kincora.  We understood at the end of our stay why some people never end up leaving the hostel with its surplus of cats and old backpacker magazines; it was a real oasis of community amidst the electric pandemonium of trail culture.
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This is Hagrid with a bucket. It’s where he stores all that handsome.