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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 22.03.2015

March 20, 2015 around noon Newfound Gap The hike plan: AT to Boulevard trail 2.7 miles, Boulevard to Le Conte shelter 5.4 miles. (Total Mileage - 8.1 miles) Newfound Gap shortly after reopening of Hwy 441. There was some snow and ice the night before, but I had good timing in reaching the Smokies just minutes after the road opened. Once hiking, I soon wished that I had my Yak Tracks to help hiking across many treacherous ice patches. I picked my way along rocks and the edge of the trail wherever possible...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 16.11.2014

Over a 9 day period in November 2014 I skipped my way around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park completing as many of the few remaining trails that I had not yet hiked in my goal for completing all 900 miles of trails in the park. Every hike or trail completed seemed to mark some milestone, such as another area of the park trails completed. Over 113.3 miles of trails (79.1 of which I had never hiked) I saw 2 historic school houses, a number of restored cabins...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 28.09.2014

Shuttled from Tunnel Road to Nowhere to Fontana Marina by one time resident of Hazel Creek. - Marina Ferry to Hazel Creek. - Backpacking with swim breaks. - Chambers Creek. - From lake elevation to over 5000 feet on Bear Creek trail to High Rocks. - Tunnel Bypass Trail - Goldmine Loop Trail - Lower 1 mile of Nolan Creek trail.   Day 1, September 26, 2014 - "Meeting original resident of Hazel Creek for 17 years" Hazel Creek to Chambers Creek (Campsite 98) - 14.6 miles Getting there: Thursday night I arrived...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 01.09.2014

This hike included 2 difficult climbs of Mt Le Conte in hot humid weather. I carried a fully provisioned backpack including a food filled bear vault up the Bullhead Trail. A bicycle was used to travel the short distance between trailheads of Grapeyard Ridge and Porters Creek of this near loop walk. The hike covered nearly all hiking trails in the triangle formed between Greenbrier Road, Mt Le Conte, and Gatlinburg. Itinerary: Total hike (44.8 miles, including a mile down and up Roaring Fork Road in wrong direction.) Day...