Bloodhound

Hi, I'm Arnold "Bloodhound" Guzman, an avid trail angel. I became connected to the A.T. through my sister, Maria, who owns Standing Bear Farms Hiker Hostel. I like taking my Bloodhounds, Caroline and Beau Diddley, adventuring deep into the backcountry shelters all up and down the A.T, where I surprise hikers with fresh food and drink while looking for stories. When I'm not doing this, I sometimes join my local Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and do trail maintenance.

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Trail Angel Spotlight: The Trekking Twins

Trail Angel Spotlight: The Trekking Twins

While the average age of trail maintainers on the Appalachian Trail keeps getting older, there are two octogenarians who don't let age get in the way

Nov 18, 2019 : Bloodhound
Far, Not Fast: A Hostel Love Story

Far, Not Fast: A Hostel Love Story

Of the thousands of former soldiers suffering from PTSD, this is a story about how the Appalachian Trail has helped bring one of them and his family back from the brink

Aug 12, 2019 : Bloodhound
The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

If you don’t know who Matthew Odie Norman is, you should, for in the last 5 years, with the creation of his Hiker Yearbook series, he has gone from regular thru hiker, to near legendary status, right up there with the likes of Baltimore Jack, Warren Doyle, and Miss Janet, to name just a few.

Apr 8, 2019 : Bloodhound
Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

For years this humble servant has been going up and down the trail, serving hot meals and good hospitality to ever hiker he meets. It's time you get to know Fresh Ground

Dec 13, 2018 : Bloodhound
How the Eight-Member Crawford Family Completed the Appalachian Trail

How the Eight-Member Crawford Family Completed the Appalachian Trail

In case you're wondering whatever happened to the Crawfords, family of 8, that was hiking the Appalachian Trail, here's the rest of the story.

Nov 15, 2018 : Bloodhound
Trail Angel Spotlight: Red Hat

Trail Angel Spotlight: Red Hat

For many hikers who are nearing the northeastern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not only might you be stalked by bears along the

Aug 20, 2018 : Bloodhound
The Crawfords: A Family of 8 Takes on the Appalachian Trail

The Crawfords: A Family of 8 Takes on the Appalachian Trail

It's not often you meet such a large family hiking the Appalachian Trail. This is the story of the Crawfords, a family of 8 attempting a NOBO thru hike of the Appalachian Trail

Jun 13, 2018 : Bloodhound
87-Year-Old “Pappy” Attempting to Become the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

87-Year-Old “Pappy” Attempting to Become the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

In 2017, the Trek's Maggie Slepian wrote a memorable piece entitled, "Age is Just a Number..." , about an 82 year old nobo thru hiker, Greybeard, who set the record for the oldest person to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. Well, if age IS just a number, Victor "Pappy" Kubilius has just raised that number.

Apr 26, 2018 : Bloodhound
Hike Faster, I Hear Banjos: Misconceptions about the Southern Appalachians

Hike Faster, I Hear Banjos: Misconceptions about the Southern Appalachians

Every year, people from all walks of life, some from different colors and nationalities, pass through a greatly misunderstood place--the Southern Appalachians--where TV and movies would have you believe the people there are nothing but a bunch of dumb, uneducated racists, who are a danger to outsiders. Nothing could be further from the truth

Mar 22, 2018 : Bloodhound
Faces of Hot Springs: Chief of Police, Officer David Shelton

Faces of Hot Springs: Chief of Police, Officer David Shelton

When you emerge from the freedom of the wilderness and step out onto the streets of Hot Springs, NC, you'll soon find yourself back in civilization, a place with laws designed for the good of all. And Officer Shelton is there to enforce such laws and see to it that all people, citizens and visitors alike obey said laws and live in harmony with one another (insomuch as it is possible).

Feb 25, 2018 : Bloodhound