Episode 44: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

In Episode 44, we delve in to The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - our best and worst experiences from the Trail.  Recorded live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, I sit "lantern-side" in the backcountry with long-time hiking friends BeerRun, The Camel, Therm Rider, and the Weasel.  Each signed up to accompany me on a quest to complete 50 hikes in 50 States - which ended this month near the defunct goldmines of Lake Sheridan in the Black Hills National Forest. We only scratch the surface of … [Read more...]

White River National Forest – Aspen, Colorado – June 23, 2016

We stayed in an AirB2B house in Aspen, CO and used it as a base camp to explore a number of high alpine lakes in the nearby White River National Forest over a five day period. The scenery was spectacular and I wish we had our backpacks and spent the night in the wilderness - maybe next time. The whitewater rafting was also a blast. Kudos to "Drone Boy" for shooting the aerial footage and for putting this video together. … [Read more...]

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...]

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APPALACHIAN TRAIL, SABBATH DAY POND TRIP REPORT – SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

Thursday (9/17/09) - (MA, NH) Arlene had breakfast ready for us when we woke this morning, and after powering down a quick bagel we took her Caddy to Concord for a 10am meeting with American Satellite.  Spent an hour talking business, then  went to lunch at a country-style restaurant nearby.  Enjoyed lunch with Todd/Tim, then I drove straight to the Boston airport.  Dropped off Carrie at the American terminal, then let myself out at the National car rental building.  Arlene headed home and … [Read more...]

Logging Pics – Before And After

The National Forest Service sells logging rights to timber companies. It's reality, but I'm seeing it more and more in North Georgia and Northwestern South Carolina lately. We went hiking on the Chattooga this past weekend and here's one example. The view from the trailhead looking west in September 2011. And here's the same view this weekend on August 2016. I nearly didn't recognize the trailhead - and we weren't the only ones! While we loaded our packs, we sent two other hiking groups … [Read more...]

Episode 34: Pacific Northwest Trail “A Sense Of Direction”

Alex Maier On The Pacific Northwest Trail

In Episode 34, Alex "Money Shot" Maier talks about his film "A Sense Of Direction" which documents his travels on the Pacific Northwest Trail in the summer of 2015.  Alex chose the PNT for his first thru-hike (and first hiking film) to explore one of the newest trails in the National Scenic Trail system - which earned the status in 2009.  Only a few hundred backpackers have thru-hiked the 1200 mile trail to date, and all have had the fortune to experience the PNT while it is still in its … [Read more...]

Episode 32: Backcountry 201 – Advanced Rookie Mistakes

In Episode 32, the conversation on Rookie Mistakes continues as we sit fireside on Justus Creek along the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia. In this discussion, Beer Run, PokeyBo, and Therm Rider talk about some classic rookie moves: taking the wrong gear, hiking above your skill level, and taking too much. “Backcountry 201” is the second installment in this mini-series where we sit around the campfire and discuss the fundamentals of backpacking.  In this episode, we go "off trail" a … [Read more...]

Our Campsite

Our campsite and home for the night along the Chattooga River. Here comes the Britt to help me collect some firewood. … [Read more...]

Will Takes The Plunge

Will braves the cold water of the Chattooga River and takes the plunge from a rope swing. … [Read more...]