Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Chapman

November 18-20, 2016 It’s late fall and the temperatures have felt more like mid-summer rather than the cusp of winter. It has been nearly 70 days since any measurable rainfall in Western North Carolina, wildfires are popping up over the region. Most started by deranged pyromaniacs/attention seekers, but the bone dry conditions act like vat of gasoline. … More Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Chapman

Mount Cammerer Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail

November 11, 2016 Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. – John Muir I am beginning to understand the mythical allure of the Smoky’s, with its wildlife, epic views and tough, spindly paths. At the end of a tumultuous … More Mount Cammerer Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail

Old Black, Tricorner Knob, Mark’s Knob, Mt. Guyot

November 5-6, 2016 There are forty peaks over 6000’ as part of the South Beyond 600 Challenge. The most remote and difficult are located in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’ll be honest; these are hard peaks to grab. They require a lot of research and a lot of compass/orienteering skills. My … More Old Black, Tricorner Knob, Mark’s Knob, Mt. Guyot

Kephart Prong Trail, Sweat Heifer Creek Trail, Grassy Branch Trail

December 5, 2015 “It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.” – Horace Kephart Horace Kephart exemplifies why anyone of any walk of life can become an outdoorsman. A librarian by trade, he worked in St. Louis and Yale … More Kephart Prong Trail, Sweat Heifer Creek Trail, Grassy Branch Trail

Roan High Bluff, Roan High Knob, Grassy Ridge Bald

November 15, 2015 Some places are so special they make your heartstrings twinge with delight. The Roan Mountains have and always will make me swell with happiness. Just outside of Bakersville, N.C., the Roans rise above the valley with a range that is as beautiful as any place on the eastern seaboard. It is a … More Roan High Bluff, Roan High Knob, Grassy Ridge Bald

Appalachian Trail – Max Patch to Hot Springs

September 12-13, 2015 “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” – Dave Barry The Appalachian Trial is special. But, I don’t believe it necessarily comes from the scenery or toughness; but rather from the camaraderie and time you spend with … More Appalachian Trail – Max Patch to Hot Springs