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...]

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...]

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Episode 39: Hiking News Review (Grand Canyon Show)

In Episode 39, Therm Rider and I do a live winter show from the Yavapai Lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  After a day hiking on the Arizona and Rim Trails, we kick back a cold one and discuss some of the major hiking news events of 2016. In the show, Therm Rider and I recap and debate some of the U.S. news events that were heavily publicized in the outdoor community last year - including epic fails with drones, lost lives from selfies, and wildlife issues and encounters.  We are … [Read more...]

5 Minute Challenge 

The 5 minute shower challenge at Grand Canyon National Park … [Read more...]

Rim Sunset

We made it to the Grand Canyon just in time to catch the sunset on this cold winter day in January. And yes it does snow in the desert. … [Read more...]