On Friday, April 13, Doug and I arrived at Fontana Resort after a 24 mile day to finish in the Smoky’s. We ate burgers and fries, got a great nights rest and woke up on Saturday morning to hit the trail. In the Smoky’s there were countless rock jumps. At one juncture I took a … More Benton Mackaye Trail – Great Smoky Mountains to the E.R.
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)
In seven (7) days, my brother-in-law and I are heading out to hike the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT). Running from Big Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Springer Mountain in Georgia, it is quasi-parallel to the Appalachian Trail, yet vastly different. Why hike the BMT? It is remote. In 2017, nearly … More Benton MacKaye Trail – maps & notes
Gregory Paragon 58 (m/l) 57 oz. Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 33 oz. Zpacks Solo Quilt (slim, long, 5 degree) 22.6 oz. Therm-a-Rest ProLite (short) 11.7 oz. Ozark Trail pot and lid 6.1 oz. Outdoors Mini Stove (from Amazon) 3.9 oz. Frogg Toggs Rain Suit 9.6 oz. MSR Trail Shot 5.6 oz. Nalgene – … More Benton MacKaye Trail – gear