Protected: CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL FOREST, TRAY SPUR TRIP REPORT – MARCH 10, 2017

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: … [Read more...]

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...]

Pigpen Branch Falls

A look at Pigpen Branch Falls from the Foothills Trail - hiking southbound and headed down toward the Chattooga River (and junction with the Chattooga River Trail). … [Read more...]

Showers Bring Waterfalls And Flowers For Our Summer Backpacking Trip To Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley is one of my favorite hiking spots in North Carolina. It is located near Cashiers, NC in the western section of the State and was purchased by the Nature Conservancy from Duke Power in 1989. Panthertown is now part of the Nantahala National Forest and has been growing rapidly in popularity - especially over the last ten years. Schoolhouse Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Panthertown. When we first visited Panthertown in 2001, there was only the occasional … [Read more...]

Benton MacKaye Trail Trip Video – March 8, 2015

We had nearly perfect Spring weather for this hike last weekend in North Georgia.  My dog slept for most of the next 24 hours after our 9.7 mile loop hike on and around the Benton MacKaye Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness.  Spring has finally sprung! … [Read more...]