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Articles / 22.02.2017

You wouldn't think someone could drive to these isolated high ridges. Here is a photo on a ridge in North Carolina that is over 4600 feet elevation. These 4-wheelers leave behind more than rutted washes. The drivers also haul up all manner of camp material, chairs, tarps, ropes, tables, and grills. This is mostly left permanently onsite. It builds and adds to the accumulation of garbage and left-behinds. For the few that drive into these remote areas, these left behind stashes allow the convenience of a lazy and...

Articles, Mindfulness / 01.02.2017

So often we just plod along the trail with our eyes on the trail ahead, staring at rocks and roots as we pick our way step by repetitive step. We might be listening to a recorded book or music or perhaps having a conversation with another hiker or even with ourselves. Take some time to turn off the music and look up into the trees (without tripping over a rock). Looking around will force you to slow down for a while. Take that opportunity to tune into the sounds...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast / 31.01.2017

[caption id="attachment_2833" align="alignnone" width="700"] Middle Falls (Snowbird Creek)[/caption] How many days have you hiked without seeing another person? If not days, how many hours? On this January weekend, I hiked for 2 days through the Snowbird Wilderness Study Area without seeing another person. In fact, I didn't see people or vehicles at the trailhead parking area. I didn't even see people or vehicles along the 4 - 5 mile length of the one lane  unpaved Forest Service Road 75 that leads to "Junction" the start of Snowbird Creek (Trail...

Articles / 09.01.2017

With the exception of an occasional day-hike, water is the one item that you begin the day with the need to plan resupplies. Water is heavy so carrying more than a little excess water isn't the answer. For that reason water requires more planning and attention than probably any other item you will carry. Containers First, you need to ensure you have containers for your water. Seems obvious, but I'm serious. My brother and I usually tied empty gallon milk jugs to the back of our packs. These gallon jugs served...