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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FONTANA LAKE – CAMPSITE #74 IN 2010 V’S 2016

Our lake view near Smokies Campsite #74 this January 2016.  The TVA drains the lake each winter. Our view April 2010 after some Spring showers.  Guess when the fishing is better!!!  … [Read more...]

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Sardines!

There's nothing like a cold sardine during a lunch break while backpacking in the Smokies. I think I'll stick to beef jerky! … [Read more...]