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Hiking, Slickrock Creek Wilderness, Southeast / 26.12.2009

Stiffknee In December Day 1 December 20th 2009 Why would I leave on a snowy December weekend to go on a solo hike in a seldom visited North Carolina mountain wilderness area? Could it be that withdrawal symptoms are taking hold? A return to the solitude of the mountains and the adventure of the hike seems the best cure. It is time to notch another new trail on my backpacking waist strap. At 4:30 AM on a Saturday morning I am pulling out of the neighborhood. Two and a half hours later, I am on the Tapoca Dam...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 01.11.2009

I was in San Ramon, California on a business trip to meet the people who worked in the Voice Mail Tier I/II support center who I had just been assigned to manage. Since I was conviently close to Yosemite, I stayed over an extra week to backpack through the wilderness for 8 days. My first day of backpacking was on October 17th, a little late in the season with many facilities closed or cut back in an area famous for its heavy snowfalls. The positives was were vanished crowds and...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 27.09.2009

Eagle Creek Double Loop Hike - Smokey Mountain National Park This hike starting at Fontana dam completes a double loop formed by hiking up to the Appalachian Trail on the NC/TN divide 2 times via Eagle Creek, then by Hazel Creek, returning to the NC valley via Jenkins Ridge and Welch Ridge respectively. Highlights of the trail are the areas documented by Horace Kephardt in "Our Southern Highlanders" when he lived near Hazel Creek / Jenkins Ridge near the settlement of Medlin for 3 1/2 years in the early...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 13.12.2008

I left directly from work Friday afternoon and drove through Robbinsville, NC on the way to Twenty-Mile Ranger Station in the Smokies. Along the way it had been raining and as I reached Robbinsville there was a mix of rain and snow. I arrived late at night with the snow coming down. Several young guys arrived and parked soon after I pulled in. They were planning to night hike to the top of Gregory Bald. My plan was more modest and involved hiking a mile or so into...

Hiking / 06.12.2008

Picked up a cheap down vest from Lands End and I bought an REI compression sack big enough to barely fit two sleeping bags. The two bags, a -25 degree bag and a 40 degree down bag should help keep me warm. I am also adding my fleece shirt and probably my ski pants. Checking the weather forecast, this might be overkill. Snow has been dropped from the forecast. Need to make up my mind about the ski pants and the 2nd sleeping bag. I'll be warm while...

Hiking, Prospective Hiking Itinerary / 29.11.2008

Here is a plan to connect the 36 miles of trails from Arkaqhah to AT to Coosa Backcountry Trail into a loop. Might need about 10 - 15 miles of trailblazing and road walking. The video is a 3D Aerial of a portion of the route from Arkaqhah parking to Hwy 19/129 near Beasley Knob. YouTube - Arkaqhah-Coosa Connector Trail 3D Map Tour  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptg-iZ5FDgU&hl=en&rel=0] ...

Hiking, Southeast / 26.11.2008

Arkaqhah Trail Hike November 26, 2008 Started at Track Rock Gap at 8:30 AM. The temperature was 24 degrees. The trail starts uphill and after a few hundred yards turns left following the hillside and angling upward. Within 10 – 15 minutes at a big rock just to the left, the trail crosses from one hill to another at the head end of a gully. From there, the trail soon begins to climb steeply straight up the fall line with a break of a climb not quite as steep...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 08.11.2008

This is a 5 day backpacking hike from Round Bottom along trails between Mount Guyot and Cataloochee. November 4th, 2008 - Beech Mountain Trail and Balsam Mountain Trail I was all packed and ready to drive directly from work to Round Bottom where my plan was to night hike 4.5 miles to Laurel Gap Shelter. Traffic on I-85 in Atlanta was awful, but I was on my way soon enough. After a wrong turn in Cherokee and some wandering through the Cherokee Indian Reservation on a night time search for...