WNC Magazine

When I started sweetwilder.com, my purpose was to chronicle my hiking adventures for my children and to inspire others to hike. It was an added bonus that WNC Magazine approached me for several pictures from my blog for an article about North Carolina’s Fire Towers. The first picture was from a nearly 16 mile hike … More WNC Magazine

Bradley Fork Trail, Hyatt Ridge Trail, Dry Sluice Gap Trail

June 13-15, 2019 Blog writing has always appealed to the chronicling portion of my mind (mileage and events). Part of it is a way to remember the trail in a logical manner. The purpose of this space was two-fold: write down a map for my kids to see what I accomplished and encourage others to … More Bradley Fork Trail, Hyatt Ridge Trail, Dry Sluice Gap Trail

Shuckstack Tower

April 27, 2019 Many fire towers were built as recovery efforts during the Great Depression. At a time of hunger and desperation, the government developed work relief programs, enabling unemployed men the ability to earn a living. The results were some of the 20th century‚Äôs greatest engineering feats. Fire towers defy logic. Brut, manmade strength … More Shuckstack Tower