I have spent the past 5 weekends back to back in the mountains. The only thing to come out of my pack when I get home on Sunday nights is my quilt, food bag and then my trashed clothes so I can wash the rotting garbage bag smell out of them. I cannot begin to … More The great unwind: Summertime in southern Appalachia.
Secret spot up on Tray Mountain. A friendly field. My loves enjoying some sunshine up on Hooper Bald. Rhododendron are finally starting to bloom on the Kimsey Creek Trail. Friends around the fire on the Nantahala River. Alabama Saint getting the fire ready. Sun rising from Preachers Rock. Beers next to a cold river is … More Warmer months: Late spring and early summer.
Is dropping weight from your pack worth it? Yes. I mean we all carry things and little comfort items on our hikes that we just can’t seem to shake, but do we really need these things? The idea of ultralight is to live through a principle of simplicity out of your pack and only carrying … More Bring less, do more.
When I first starting hiking my first experiences were pretty rough, but you have to start somewhere. Right? When I was first introduced to it, hammock camping was just making it’s first appearance into the hiking world and I got in the bus. For years I swore I would never switch to what us hangers … More What’s in my pack and on my back.
The last few weeks in photographs. Dusk at Red Top Mountain State Park – 1/24/2016. Grey day on Springer Mountain – 1/31/2016. View from Wesser Bald – Nantahala Wilderness – 2/6/2016. My (favorite) human on the Wesser Bald Fire tower – 2/6/2016. Wisko – 2/6/2016. Sweetwater Creek State Park – 2/13/2016. Sweetwater Creek – 2/13/2016. Porch … More Current time(s).
The first hike of the New Year turned out to be a cold one, but I knew going into it and of course was prepared. I love winter hiking; I mean even the freezing cold part. There is something very special about having the trail all to yourself, it’s a very desolate and peaceful feeling … More Hello winter.
What a summer it has been so far! Woo! Well, I thought having two jobs would be the thing keeping me off of the trail this year, but so far that hasn’t been the case. I live about eight miles from Red Top Mountain State Park, so I usually get home and scoot straight up … More A simple case of bad water and a bummed ankle.