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Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 20.07.2015

Hope Lake to Surprise Lake 4 miles Dan, Kathy, David, Dillon, Joe, Pete, Karen, Katie, and Matt are with us. Today, Pete, David, and Dillon had to spend most of the day taking Chris off the trail. Chris sprained his ankle falling down an embankment on his first day in camp. The rest of us slept, swam, and was mostly lazy as we waited for the group to return. Matt, Katie, Dan, Kathy, and I took a 2nd walk to Migg's Lake this time exploring beyond the lake...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 19.07.2015

There are 11 of us backpacking from Stephens Pass to Snoqualamie on the PCT. The group ranges in age from mid- 20's to 70 years old. Tunnel Creek Trailhead to junction at PCT on Hope Lake 2.6 miles Saturday, July 19, 2015 We unloaded the van and started toward the PCT. we picked and ate Salmon Berries and Blueberries. Hope lake was small but deep. I took a couple of swims and was never able to dive to the bottom. Great to finally be on the PCT! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Pacific Crest Trail...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 17.07.2015

After a week of packing, making lists, repacking, and changing equipment decisions I am finally sitting at the gate waiting on my 10:30 PM flight to Seattle. My pack weighed in at 36 pounds which is heavy for a light weight packer for me. Reason for extra weight includes a real tent because I heard about mosquitoes and 7 days of food. Normally I pack a tarp tent and no more than 4 days of food. The plan is to hike 75 miles on the PCT trail over 8 days...

Hiking, Slickrock Creek Wilderness, Southeast / 29.06.2015

June 27 - 29, 2015 From Magazine Branch Campground and Boat Ramp on Calderwood Lake via one man Ocean Kayak (Yak Board) to campsite on Slickrock Creek, then hiking Slickrock Creek trail past Lower Falls and Wildcat Falls to Big Fat Gap and returned to campsite via Windy Gap, Nichols Cove, Yellowhammer, and Slickrock Creek trails. Early morning view from Calderwood Lake down channel of Slickrock Creek.   Many others were sleeping in their cars, tents, and hammocks. They were up late so I didn't get much sleep.   Launch point.   It was less than...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 31.05.2015

Over a single weekend I completed day hikes in 3 separate areas of the Smoky Mountains. This completed the last of the 900 miles of trails that I have hiked in the Smoky Mountains. May 30, 2015 - Roundtop Trail - 7.5 miles One end of Roundtop Trail is at the Wye (a fork on the Little River) where the river turns toward Townsend, TN to exit the Smokies. The other end is at Wears Gap. There is no trail sign or bridge on the trail-head at the Wye. With...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 03.05.2015

May 2 -3 My wife and daughter joined me for a weekend get-away in Bryson City. It was a chance for me to show them a little piece of what I had been hiking in the Smokies for the past several years. We didn't rough it, but the inexpensive Relax Inn ($55) in Bryson City even if not luxurious, was near Main Street and practical. Leaving Roswell early Saturday morning we drove past Bryson City and continued on to Clingman's Dome Road for a nice walk (Forney Ridge Trail 3.4...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 22.03.2015

March 20, 2015 around noon Newfound Gap The hike plan: AT to Boulevard trail 2.7 miles, Boulevard to Le Conte shelter 5.4 miles. (Total Mileage - 8.1 miles) Newfound Gap shortly after reopening of Hwy 441. There was some snow and ice the night before, but I had good timing in reaching the Smokies just minutes after the road opened. Once hiking, I soon wished that I had my Yak Tracks to help hiking across many treacherous ice patches. I picked my way along rocks and the edge of the trail wherever possible...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 16.11.2014

Over a 9 day period in November 2014 I skipped my way around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park completing as many of the few remaining trails that I had not yet hiked in my goal for completing all 900 miles of trails in the park. Every hike or trail completed seemed to mark some milestone, such as another area of the park trails completed. Over 113.3 miles of trails (79.1 of which I had never hiked) I saw 2 historic school houses, a number of restored cabins...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 28.09.2014

Shuttled from Tunnel Road to Nowhere to Fontana Marina by one time resident of Hazel Creek. - Marina Ferry to Hazel Creek. - Backpacking with swim breaks. - Chambers Creek. - From lake elevation to over 5000 feet on Bear Creek trail to High Rocks. - Tunnel Bypass Trail - Goldmine Loop Trail - Lower 1 mile of Nolan Creek trail.   Day 1, September 26, 2014 - "Meeting original resident of Hazel Creek for 17 years" Hazel Creek to Chambers Creek (Campsite 98) - 14.6 miles Getting there: Thursday night I arrived...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 01.09.2014

This hike included 2 difficult climbs of Mt Le Conte in hot humid weather. I carried a fully provisioned backpack including a food filled bear vault up the Bullhead Trail. A bicycle was used to travel the short distance between trailheads of Grapeyard Ridge and Porters Creek of this near loop walk. The hike covered nearly all hiking trails in the triangle formed between Greenbrier Road, Mt Le Conte, and Gatlinburg. Itinerary: Total hike (44.8 miles, including a mile down and up Roaring Fork Road in wrong direction.) Day...