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Hiking / 22.10.2020

The Foothills Trail extends 77 miles as it crosses the highest point in South Carolina and crosses numerous rivers and creeks along its course from Table Rock Mountain State Park to Oconee State Park. Along the way, backpackers see a number of waterfalls including two of the highest east of the Mississippi. There are many opportunities to swim and fish in Lake Jocassee and a variety of frigid rivers and creeks. Many of the improved campsites have signage, benches, and fire pits. Here I describe my 5-day thru-hike...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail / 13.08.2020

This is part 2 of my June 2019 section hike in the Sierra. Original Hike Plan Falls Victim to Injury My intention had been to hike the PCT straight through from Lone Pine (Cottonwood Pass) to Mammoth Lakes (Reds Meadow); however, on the 2nd day out, I post-holed my right leg on a steep snow-covered slope, spraining my knee. I could still walk, but not with the confidence needed to push through all 7 of the major high mountain passes in these conditions. My knee sprain occurred on June...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 22.10.2019

On October 10, 2019, I began a 199.5 mile southbound section hike from Swift Run Gap in Shenandoah National Park (AT southbound mile 1282.6) to Virginia Route 311, Catawba, VA (AT southbound mile 1482.1). Most of this section generally followed the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesboro, VA and Daleville, VA. I hiked 11 days, finishing on October 20th. Swift Run Gap, Oct 10, 2019, Thursday  At mile 1305. Hiked 22.4 miles today. Started at the park entrance at Swift Run Gap. It was a pleasant day and though the...