ELKIN — This 12 months’s Vendor Village on the N.C. Path Days competition in Elkin options greater than 20 out of doors recreation and advocacy-themed exhibitors, in addition to fly fishing demonstrations, meals vehicles and a beer backyard.
Cubicles will embrace: N.C. Wildlife Assets Fee, Cooks sporting items of North Wilkesboro, Pals of Stone Mountain, Blue Ridge Conservancy, Pals of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Throw and Sew, Surry County Beekeepers Affiliation, Yadkin Riverkeeper and Carolina Climbers Coalition.
Amongst this 12 months’s exhibitors is Josh Smith, who might be sharing details about his free Mountains-to-Sea Path app, Pocket Trails. The app presents a information to hikers working their manner throughout the MST, which is North Carolina’s model of the Appalachian Path. The app launched a 12 months in the past on the Android platform and only in the near past launched this 12 months for Apple iPhones.
Following completion of his service within the U.S. Air Power in 2017, Smith got down to hike the Appalachian Path. A local of Hillsborough, he had at all times sought to hike the Mountains-to-Sea Path, which passes by way of his hometown. However the assets for following the path are usually not as wealthy as these out there to AT hikers, making MST thru-hiking difficult.
Smith deliberate to finish a mechanical engineering diploma after ending his AT journey. However alongside the way in which, he listened to a podcast about programmers engaged on creating path apps. Smith knew the event of assets for MST hikers may bloom if the North Carolina path had a profitable app.
“I used to be in Northern Virginia — every week away from Harper’s Ferry — and that’s all I may take into consideration whereas I used to be strolling” was creating the MST app, Smith mentioned. “It’s a must to take into consideration one thing whilst you stroll for 10 or 12 hours of the day. I’d fall asleep fascinated by it.”
So he received off the path midway by way of the journey and enrolled within the New York Institute of Expertise in Lengthy Island. After taking a category within the programming language for app growth, he deserted his plans for the mechanical engineering diploma and is now a 12 months away from finishing an info expertise diploma. His MST app, Pocket Trails, is a continuing work in progress and will very properly turn into his full-time job upon commencement, he mentioned.
Smith may even lead certainly one of Path Days’ guided hikes — the Grassy Creek Winery to Carter Falls hike.
“I went to Path Days in 2019. If something about AT Path days, that occasion positively has a celebration environment,” mentioned Smith, observing the stark distinction with Elkin’s nature-loving model of the occasion. “I fell in love with Elkin and I fell in love with the concept of N.C. Path Days.”
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