DIY Hammock

As I embark upon making my own gear; I spent an inordinate amount of time debating whether to build a tarp and sleep on the ground or make a hammock/tarp combination. It is more lightweight to only use a tarp, but I do like the ability to sleep looking amongst the trees. Last year when … More DIY Hammock

Black Lives Matter

“Obedience is at the heart of political power.” -Gene Sharpe – From Dictatorship to Democracy “A dictator doesn’t maintain power on his own; he relies on individuals and institutions to carry out his orders. A successful democratic revolution prods these enablers to stop obeying. It makes them ashamed of their complicity and fearful of the … More Black Lives Matter

Tanawha Trail

November 16, 2019 Tanawha translates as “fabulous hawk” in Cherokee. Apropos in meaning, the trail offers wondrous views of the High Country. For years I have meant to hike this trail. In 2017, torrential rains flooded the area and washed out the bridge near the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. In 2018, I started to hike … More Tanawha Trail

Tow String Trail

September 15, 2019 After camping at Spruce Mountain, I decided to grab another trail before heading back to Boone. One place I had not been to was the Tow String Trail. Sometimes referred to as the Tow String Horse Trail, it runs from Tow String Road to the Bradley Fork Trail near Smokemont Campground. The … More Tow String Trail

Spruce Mountain Trail

September 14-15, 2019 Looking at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Smoky’s) map, Spruce Mountain Trail is intriguing. It is a 1.2 mile, in-and-out hiking destination located off a one-lane Balsam Mountain Road. Campsite #42 is the terminus of the trail. My desire to hike and camp here is because of this solitude, as it … More Spruce Mountain Trail

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