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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...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 20.04.2012

The following is an itinerary for a prospective hike. Day 1 - Little River Rd Meigs Creek Trailhead, South 3.5 mi on Meigs Creek Trail, 6.0 mi east on Meigs Mountain Trail, 2.9 mi south on Jakes Creek Trail, South on Miry Ridge Trail to Campsite 26 (Dripping Spring Mountain, elev. 4400 ft) - approx. distance 14 mi. Day 2 - Miry Ridge Trail south 0.5 mi approx., Lynn Camp Prong Trail west (right), 3.7 mi, Middle Prong Trail north (right) 4.1 mi to Trail head, Return to Meigs Creek...