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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...

Hiking, Prospective Hiking Itinerary / 29.11.2008

Here is a plan to connect the 36 miles of trails from Arkaqhah to AT to Coosa Backcountry Trail into a loop. Might need about 10 - 15 miles of trailblazing and road walking. The video is a 3D Aerial of a portion of the route from Arkaqhah parking to Hwy 19/129 near Beasley Knob. YouTube - Arkaqhah-Coosa Connector Trail 3D Map Tour  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptg-iZ5FDgU&hl=en&rel=0] ...

Hiking, Southeast / 26.11.2008

Arkaqhah Trail Hike November 26, 2008 Started at Track Rock Gap at 8:30 AM. The temperature was 24 degrees. The trail starts uphill and after a few hundred yards turns left following the hillside and angling upward. Within 10 – 15 minutes at a big rock just to the left, the trail crosses from one hill to another at the head end of a gully. From there, the trail soon begins to climb steeply straight up the fall line with a break of a climb not quite as steep...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 08.11.2008

This is a 5 day backpacking hike from Round Bottom along trails between Mount Guyot and Cataloochee. November 4th, 2008 - Beech Mountain Trail and Balsam Mountain Trail I was all packed and ready to drive directly from work to Round Bottom where my plan was to night hike 4.5 miles to Laurel Gap Shelter. Traffic on I-85 in Atlanta was awful, but I was on my way soon enough. After a wrong turn in Cherokee and some wandering through the Cherokee Indian Reservation on a night time search for...