Benton Mackaye Trail – Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Day 1-5)

The first five days on the BMT have been tremendous; I can say without hesitation that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had on the trail. On April 9, my brother-in-law, Doug and I were dropped off at the Big Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park … More Benton Mackaye Trail – Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Day 1-5)

Green Knob Trail

February 25, 2018 “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir Sometime you stumble upon a trail that blows you away. Green Knob Trail is perfect for out-of-town guests, families or those wanting a stunning loop hike for two (2) miles. This little power-punch of … More Green Knob Trail

Linville Gorge Wilderness: Bynum Bluff Trail

February 24, 2018 “The result is that to the frontier the American intellect owes its striking characteristics. That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends; that restless, nervous … More Linville Gorge Wilderness: Bynum Bluff Trail

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