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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The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

In 2013, Matthew "Odie" Norman thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail; a profound event that ignited a lifelong passion to reconnect hikers after the

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

Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

The first time I met Fresh Ground, it was where the Appalachian Trail emerged from the forest at NOBO mile 240. In a small clearing beside River Road

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

How the Eight-Member Crawford Family Completed the Appalachian Trail

At 10 a.m. on Aug. 9, the Crawford family finished what they started: hiking from Springer Mountain, GA, to Mount Katahdin, ME. Check out the early

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

On March 1, 2018, Ben and Kami Crawford, of the Cincinnati area, and their six children, ages 2, 7, 11, 13, 15, and 16, set out from Springer

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

On March 3, 2018, Victor "Pappy" Kubilius set out from Springer Mountain, GA, for a hike that is set to go into the AT record books. If he finishes,

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

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

For many hikers who've never set foot in the southern Appalachians—especially those who've never been east of the Mississippi or south of the

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

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

Strolling through the peaceful little town of Hot Springs, NC, you don't get the feeling that you get in so many other cities, the uneasy feeling

Feb 25, 2018 : Bloodhound
Faces of Hot Springs: Mayor Sidney Harrison

Faces of Hot Springs: Mayor Sidney Harrison

If you're a NOBO thru-hiker fortunate enough to survive everything the trail has thrown at you thus far, congratulations are in order as you enter

Feb 15, 2018 : Bloodhound
Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Nestled deep in the Southern Appalachians, surrounded by pristine wilderness, sits an unassuming little town. At mile 275, Hot Springs is the NOBO's

Feb 10, 2018 : Bloodhound