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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 21.07.2013

  Day 1 - Carolina Silverbells July 12th, 2013 Cosby, Low Gap Trail to Big Creek Trail, return on Big Creek Trail to AT - 7.5 miles Appalachian Trail (AT) to Mt Cammerer. Mt Cammerer to Lower Mt Cammerer trail to Gilliland Creek Creek Campsite 35. approx 9.2 miles Total Day mileage - 16.7 miles Climbing Low Gap Trail I first began noticing a tree with white flowers strung along underneath branches. Having read about the Carolina Silver Bell tree back when I was hiking the Slickrock Creek wilderness, I was happy to finally...

Featured Articles, Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US, Yosemite / 16.02.2013

There were more bear and bear cubs than I bargained for during a week hiking thru Yosemite Wilderness North Country in September. On the 2nd day, I had the panic of running up on a couple of bear cubs and wondering whether I might be between an unseen mother bear and her cubs. On the final day, I was resting on the trail side when a mother bear and cub passed within feet of me totally unaware of my presence. Read on for more on these and my...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 07.11.2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012 So you think you can ski? Try skiing the Appalachian Trail in a couple feet of slush using skinny cross-country skis. Strapping on the skis and climbing up the AT toward Kephart Mountain for a couple of tenths of a mile, I struggled to maintain balance. Before turning around my GPS told me that I was at 5900 feet. I had climbed here from the Kephart Prong Trailhead at an elevation a little below 3000 feet. I thought it wiser to backtrack down the same trail than...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 17.07.2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012 Meigs Creek to Meigs Mountain to Jakes Gap, to Miry Ridge Trail to Dripping Springs Campsite 26. Spent the night at the Fontana Hilton once again. Arrived at midnight and found one other person sound asleep in the shelter. A couple of tents were pitched on some pads down the hill from the shelter. Early morning westerly view from Foothills Parkway. The next morning I drove the Dragon Tail and the Foothills Parkway to Townsend, ate blueberry pancakes and positioned my bicycle in the woods near Tremont. The...