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    Default Baltimore Jack Passes Away

    Sad News,
    Baltimore Jack Tarlin passed away at Angel Mission Hospital at 6 am this morning in Franklin, NC

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    Wow. Terrible and unexpected news. He surely touched many a life of thru and section hikers.

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    Well crap.
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    My condolences go out to his family.

    God must of needed a trailblazer. RIP Jack !
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    I enjoyed Winton Porter's sketches of BJ in "Just Passin' Thru"

    I was always outside when I was a kid, then almost completely shut down for thirty years. Now that I'm getting back into it, legends are moving on to the higher paths. Weary, now Baltimore Jack. I'm sticking around here for awhile, there's so many places I haven't walked. But damn. Hoped I'd chance to meet him on my thru once I get the funds together and the time off. Not to be.
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    Hiking is the best teacher, it grades on a curve.
    AT miles: 105 / Total miles: 616.65
    - all past age 50
    Author of "Human Scale Happiness"
    Sometimes I blog at http://jimgarlits.com


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    Of all the people that post on WB, Mr. Tarlin was one of the very few that I would have liked to have met. I almost met him in 08 (within a day or two before Damascus.). His knowledge will be sorely missed. RIP.
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    So glad that I was able to meet and talk with him at SORUCK a few years ago. RIP Jack!


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    Met Jack twice, both times at an ALDHA conference in Shippensburg, PA. Nice, sincere, and personable. Gone way too soon.

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    Not news I ever wanted to hear RIP Jack, you will be missed.

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    Legendary. Sad news!! He was posting in here just a few days ago it feels like. I never met him but hugely benefitted from what he shared on here. Is there a memorial fund or site or family we can reach out to?

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    Spent some time with Baltimore Jack at Miss Janet's in Erwin one March, maybe ten or twelve years ago. He showed up with his boom box and his Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash CDs and started playing music and grilling food in the back yard. An interesting character and a blast to hang out with even for a short time.

    I think that was the same weekend Jack discovered Miss Janet's computer, unattended and logged into Whiteblaze, and he posted a note purportedly coming from Miss Janet announcing her upcoming thru-hike, to begin immediately.

    Any details? He wasn't that old.
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    The above included link to YouTube footage from 12 months ago and he at least looked and sounded healthyy

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    The first person I met when I came down Blood Mt. into the gap was the man himself, first words out of his mouth, How are you? and, Can I help you with anything? It was his way it seemed. We talked, chuckled a bit before I moved on. The random pic on the home page today had a Jack pic on it from trail days 07 or 08 I opened it, showed my wife and told her of this kind guy I met one day, I clicked to the forum and pow right in the face in the mist of a good memory, a kick in the chops was waiting.

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    Very sad news. I met Jack at Kincora while Bob was hiking in Europe a couple years back. When I met him I had never seen him before and didn't know who he was. True to his character he was incredibly gracious to us and prepared us a warm meal since it was a cold and rainy November day when we showed up. He never told us who he was and I only found out later after seeing a photo of him. He was a kind soul. May he rest in peace.
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    Terrible news.....i'f say he lived life to the fullest!! How many thru hikes was it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by hikernutcasey View Post
    Very sad news. I met Jack at Kincora while Bob was hiking in Europe a couple years back. When I met him I had never seen him before and didn't know who he was. True to his character he was incredibly gracious to us and prepared us a warm meal since it was a cold and rainy November day when we showed up. He never told us who he was and I only found out later after seeing a photo of him. He was a kind soul. May he rest in peace.
    Similar story here. Met him at Kincora on one of our earliest section hikes. Had no idea at the time that he and Bob were AT legends.
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    Gone to put up golden trail blazes. Thanks Jack, for all your knowledge and kindness through the years.

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    So very sad to hear this.

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