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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...

Cycling / 01.01.2009

It is a new year and time to set resolutions and to measure progress! My Cannondale bike odometer reading is 1637.4 miles. How many miles will I ride in 2009? Ten miles a day would make 3650 miles, but 4000 miles is a good round number. Whatever the distance, I need to get into shape for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell Century in June. I weigh 167.5 pounds today. Only 4 months ago I was about 10 pounds less. Taking 10 pounds off by June would help with...

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...