Our Audible To The Chattooga

We planned to backpack in the Smokies today but the weather was significantly better to the Southeast. So we left our thru-hiking buddy to take a zero day in Gatlinburg and hiked in to the Chattooga. … [Read more...]

3W – Thru-Hiker Rendevous

I have a friend hiking the Appalachian Trail this year and his schedule (and some inclement weather) had him take a zero day in Gatlinburg, TN which gave us an opportunity to catch up with him last weekend.  Here is the World Wide Wanderer (aka 3W) relaxing on the balcony of the LeConte View Motel. He shared some photos and video from the Trail and detailed his first three weeks on the A.T.  We absorbed it like a sponge, then offered to buy him dinner - a gesture that no thru-hiker … [Read more...]

Amicalola Falls State Park 1994 v’s 2017

April 10, 1994 - 23rd anniversary of my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail.  Pic taken at Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia. And here is Phillip (aka World Wide Wanderer) in the same location two weeks ago when I dropped him off for his thru-hike.  The landscaping has definitely improved around the Visitor's Center over the years.  Go Phillip Go! … [Read more...]

Episode 41: Trail Days 1995

In Episode 41, we revisit Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia on March 13, 1995.  The town has hosted the biggest event on the Appalachian Trail for over 30 years and most of these interviews were recorded live at the annual festival.  If you have ever wondered what it was like to thru-hike the A.T. in the early 90's - now is your chance.  The podcast is a remix of interviews that I did with ten hikers that were on the Trail in 1994. Yes there were far fewer backpackers on the Appalachian … [Read more...]

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Elk Crossing

Elk crossing at Oconaluftee Visitor's Center in Great Smoky Mountain National Park … [Read more...]

Episode 40: Hiking News Review (Great Smokies Show)

In Episode 40, The Camel and I continue the discussion on hiking news from 2016 in a show recorded right before our annual Klondike hike on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Forewarning, we talk felonies, guns, and politics - subjects that get The Camel particularly fired up. So listen in, and we'll brace ourselves for the feedback!  'Cause we talk arson, kidnapping, self-defense, and about the political leadership of our country.  And if that doesn't make … [Read more...]

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Knights Of Ni

Pratt does his best impression of Monty Python's the Knights Of Ni during a backcountry trip in the Smokies. … [Read more...]

Newton Bald?

We feel pretty certain this is Newton Bald - but still have to finish hiking this ridge to get there. … [Read more...]