Protected: Ranger Field – April 2024

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Big Shoals 1; Rob Brown 0

Even with lower water levels on Big Shoals this year - it packs a punch. Here's the recovery effort after Rob ran the rapid in a canoe. (I incorrectly call this Bull Sluice in the video which is further down the river.) … [Read more...]

West Fork Campgroud Staging Area

This is one of the campsites at West Fork Campground that we used to stage our kayaks for a multi-day trip on the Chattoga River. From here it's a two hour float to the Chattooga. … [Read more...]

Snowy Mountain Hop

We hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail in single digit temperatures in January this year and enjoyed the snow/ice covered trees on some of the knobs just south of Plum Orchard Shelter. … [Read more...]

Ridgeline Sunset

Beer Run and I hit the ridgeline right at sunset. Looks like we'll be hiking in the dark tonight! … [Read more...]

Episode 102: Backcountry Halloween

In Episode 102, we have our FIRST Halloween special and discuss some of the spooky and crazy ass things that have happened in the backcountry over the last two decades. Cardiac and Drone Boy join me in the studio for this podcast and talk through some disturbing and well publicized events - some don't have a happy ending. We even share some scary personal encounters and expect that you have your own. So reach out to us and let us know about your spooky experiences on the trail. In … [Read more...]

Maine – September 2022

In September 2022, we did a backpacking trip to Maine to celebrate Beer Run's 50th birthday. Spent a couple nights in the legendary 100 Mile Wilderness and had a chance to visit Casco Bay and Portland's Fort Williams on the way back to Boston. … [Read more...]

Episode 101: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly 2

In Episode 101, we continue our discussion of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - our best and worst experiences on the Trail.  Recorded live on the Chattooga River in northwestern South Carolina, I sit fireside with 3Dub, Mick, Hollywood, and Therm Rider after hiking to Long Creek Falls and settling in for the night. In the show we discuss some great sunsets, 3Dub's fall into a Cobra hole, our favorite campsites, and Hollywood's discovery of a tick - in the worst possible place! This … [Read more...]

Trail Days 2019

Trail Days was first held in the late 80's to celebrate hiker culture and the 50th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail's completion.  The event has grown exponentially since then and now serves as a homecoming for thru-hikers and for those that are passionate about the A.T.  This year I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my 1994 thru-hike with some backpackers that I met on the A.T. and some friends that I hike with frequently in Georgia and North Carolina.  This is a montage … [Read more...]

Episode 99: Things That Ruin A Backpacking Trip

In Episode 99, I sit fireside with Therm Rider, Beer Run and Sons on the Benton MacKaye Trail in North Georgia to talk about some things that ruin a backpacking trip. In the podcast, we discuss backpackers that camp on top of you, those that make speaker phone calls, crank booty music or even throw live ammunition into your campfire! We also talk about bad weather, angry insects, and getting sick in the backcountry - which had me dumping out a vomit filled hiking boot. This is a fun episode … [Read more...]