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

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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...]

Will Takes The Plunge

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

Boone Dawg rides a rapid on the Chattooga River with us..

Boone rides a rapid on the Chattooga River with us.. … [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...]

Protected: Appalachian Trail, Wildcat Mountain Trip Report – May 2, 2015

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Appalachian Trail, North Georgia – May 2, 2015 (Non-Dream Version)

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Appalachian Trail, North Georgia – May 2, 2015 (Dream Version)

Took a hike with my son and our dog last weekend. Had an interesting start to the backpacking trip and nearly perfect weather for our camp out. Here is the dream version of the video. … [Read more...]

Episode 26: Blind Courage

In Episode 26, I speak with Director Clint Ross who is hard at work with Producer Paula O'Neal on the film adaptation of the book Blind Courage, which is based on the 1990 Appalachian Trail thru-hike of Bill Irwin - the first legally blind hiker to complete the entire Trail within a single year. In the show, Clint discusses the first draft of the screenplay, the trailer, and the upcoming plans to film the movie.  He also give us some personal insight in to Bill Irwin and how he overcame … [Read more...]

Hiking out of Blue Ridge Gap

Here we are hiking out of Blue Ridge Gap north on the Appalachian Trail. Our destination is Bly Gap and we are about 3/4 of a mile in to the hike.... … [Read more...]