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Hiking / 22.10.2020

The Foothills Trail extends 77 miles as it crosses the highest point in South Carolina and crosses numerous rivers and creeks along its course from Table Rock Mountain State Park to Oconee State Park. Along the way, backpackers see a number of waterfalls including two of the highest east of the Mississippi. There are many opportunities to swim and fish in Lake Jocassee and a variety of frigid rivers and creeks. Many of the improved campsites have signage, benches, and fire pits. Here I describe my 5-day thru-hike...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail / 13.08.2020

This is part 2 of my June 2019 section hike in the Sierra. Original Hike Plan Falls Victim to Injury My intention had been to hike the PCT straight through from Lone Pine (Cottonwood Pass) to Mammoth Lakes (Reds Meadow); however, on the 2nd day out, I post-holed my right leg on a steep snow-covered slope, spraining my knee. I could still walk, but not with the confidence needed to push through all 7 of the major high mountain passes in these conditions. My knee sprain occurred on June...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 22.10.2019

On October 10, 2019, I began a 199.5 mile southbound section hike from Swift Run Gap in Shenandoah National Park (AT southbound mile 1282.6) to Virginia Route 311, Catawba, VA (AT southbound mile 1482.1). Most of this section generally followed the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesboro, VA and Daleville, VA. I hiked 11 days, finishing on October 20th. Swift Run Gap, Oct 10, 2019, Thursday  At mile 1305. Hiked 22.4 miles today. Started at the park entrance at Swift Run Gap. It was a pleasant day and though the...

Hiking, PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 15.07.2018

At mile 1983.7. Hiked 11.7 miles today. A short day into Bend was surprisingly hard. There was a somewhat steep climb through gravelly lava where baby steps were needed to keep from losing traction and sliding back. View looking back, this shows  short switchbacks at the top of a steep climb up the  lava flow. At the end of the morning there was a walk through lava rubble that I will resumed tomorrow after resupply in Bend. Once again, mosquitoes didn’t allow me to take breaks where I would have liked. While...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 19.10.2017

The mist was blowing cold as we stepped out of the ski patrol hut early in the morning on top of Bromley mountain. Today we skipped breakfast and hiked the last 3 miles from Bromley Mountain to Vermont Hwy 11 so we could have pancakes at Bob’s Diner. After seeing rubber sap collecting hoses strung through maple trees. I had to have  real maple syrup. We had completed 112 trail miles. I had completed a few more given a couple of wrong turns and some intentional side hikes. We did...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 18.10.2017

Getting ready for bed in the Ski Patrol Hut on top of Bromley Mountain. This is a very cool spot to spend the night with an open area at the top of a ski resort. There are the top of ski lifts all around. Great sunset, but the best part is stepping out the door into the windy night sky. I can see Manchester Center twinkling below. The Whites (White Mountains) can be seen in the distance just east of north. Today I had a close call on Baker...