Boone Fork Trail

February 18, 2018 As we begin to explore the trails surrounding Boone, N.C there is a marked difference to the spartan ruggedness of the Pisgah Ranger District near Asheville, N.C. Instead of the smooth paths winding through the woods, there are significantly more roots and rock to contend with. One of the more popular trails … More Boone Fork Trail

Elk River Falls

February 11, 2018 Elk River Falls is nestled in the northern portion of Avery County, just before crossing the border to Tennessee and the Appalachian Trail. The trail is relatively easy, only ¼ mile down a gentle path to the falls and much of that has built in stairs. This trip is worth your time, … More Elk River Falls

Upper Creek Falls

January 7, 2018 Being in the southern mountains, we are adaptive to cold winters, but not like this the past week: nine days below freezing, -15 & -20 windchills, snow and absolute misery. As soon as the weather broke (and by that I mean it was above 10 degrees) I headed out to the trail. … More Upper Creek Falls

MSR TrailShot Review: or why I switched from the Sawyer Mini

I used a Sawyer or Sawyer Mini Filter for years, 4 years to be exact. If there is an en vogue items for thru-hikers or lightweight minded souls, it is the mini. It filters, it’s lightweight, it works and you never have to replace it sans unclogging it from time to time. From day-hikes to … More MSR TrailShot Review: or why I switched from the Sawyer Mini

Shut-In Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Buck Spring Gap to French Broad River

November 16, 2017 I envisioned the end of the Pisgah 400 in just this manner. In lieu of finishing a small trail in the middle of the forest, I wanted to hike out of Pisgah. The closest to that would be the Shut-In Trail. It winds along the spine of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) … More Shut-In Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Buck Spring Gap to French Broad River

Buck Spring Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Pigeon Gap to Buck Spring Gap

November 11, 2017 The home-stretch is upon the Pisgah 400. Originally, I thought of doing 28 miles and finishing the challenge in a crazy blaze of glory. As I reflected on that idea, I realized that is not how I have hiked over the past 2 years. I’ve taken my time, enjoyed the trails, savored … More Buck Spring Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Pigeon Gap to Buck Spring Gap

Fork Mountain Trail

November 9, 2017 Hiking in Shining Rock Wilderness is always an interesting endeavor. The terrain isn’t terribly difficult compared to the Black Mountain Crest or Grandfather Mountain, but the sheer solitude coupled with the lack of blazes makes orienteering a necessity. According to internet searches, I found only three other bloggers that have posted about … More Fork Mountain Trail