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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 21.07.2013

[caption id="attachment_648" align="alignleft" width="640"] Mark beginning hike portion of day at Old Settlers Trailhead at Greenbrier[/caption]                           May 4th, 2013 - Dodging Rain and Positioning Car Old Settlers Trail / Gabe Mountain Trail to Campsite 34 (Sugar Cove). After several missed turns and a long drive, I reached the Old Settlers trailhead some time after midnight. Rolling out my sleeping bag, I slept in the back of the van and slept with the calming sound of nearby Pigeon Creek. With the first hint of light I was up and scouting out a...

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...