Yonah Mountain

180+ degrees views from the rock ledges of Yonah Mountain in North Georgia. The ridgeline in the distance is the Appalachian Trail near Rocky Mountain. … [Read more...]

Colorado Trail Views From ~11,700′

We finally cleared the trees and walked in to this open area along the ridgeline of the Colorado Trail where there were amazing views at ~11,700'. The Continental Divide Trail also shares this section of trail near Leadville. … [Read more...]

Cheoah Bald – October 2020

A hiking friend of mine, Gary "Drone Boy" Vaughan shot this video from Cheoah Bald in the fall of 2020. It's a tough hike, but the views are phenomenal from the top.  They hiked to the summit from Stocoah Gap on the Appalachian Trail, but you can also access Cheoah Bald from the Wesser, N.C. area via both the Bartram and Appalachian Trails.   … [Read more...]

Bear Lake On The Colorado Trail

A video of Bear Lake from Segment 9 of the Colorado Trail. It is a tough ~1700' and 3.5 mile climb from the Timberline Lake trailhead to get here - but there is great scenery on the hike. The trail crosses a pass and a few other small lakes on the hike to Bear Lake. … [Read more...]

Colorado Trail – Segment 9

This is our hike on Segment 9 of the Colorado Trail in September 2020 during the pandemic. The Continental Divide Trail shares this section of the Colorado Trail and both footpaths traverse the scenic Holycross Wilderness with elevation above 11,500 feet. There are two cabins available for rent just off the Trail and close to Tennessee Pass at the end of this section. … [Read more...]

Currahee Mountain (360 Video)

Hiked to this rock outcrop with Gary (aka Drone Boy) last weekend. If you've ever seen the film Band of Brothers this is where some of the WWII paratroopers trained for the D-Day landing. … [Read more...]

Black Hills, South Dakota – June 11, 2017

As part of 50 x 50 x 50 (50 hikes in 50 States before 50 years), we headed for the Black Hills of South Dakota in the summer of 2017.  During the trip we hiked both the Flume and Centennial Trails and camped near the dam at Sheridan Lake.  We also had a chance to make a run through Sturgis (home of the annual biker rally) and stay in Deadwood (an 1800’s era gold town that has gambling to this day).       … [Read more...]

Episode 78: Brooks Range

In Episode 78, Sarah Histand tells us about her three week traverse of the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska.  She is a native Alaskan who has done multiple packrafting and backpacking trips across the Brooks Range and throughout the State.  So Sarah talks about the logistics of the summer trip - including trailheads, resupply, the wildlife, and how to maintain communications across this vast wilderness that stretches ~700 miles across northern Alaska into Canada's Yukon Territory. Did … [Read more...]

The Appalachian Trail @ 25 Years

It's been 25 years since I set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.  Time has moved exponentially since then, and I now appreciate that there are a few pivotal years in your life. 1994 was the year for me. In the winter of 1994 I lived in Chicago.  I moved to Illinois from North Carolina and as a 20 something enjoyed the conveniences of this large city - walking to restaurants, bars, friend's houses, and taking the short train rides to Cubs and Bears games.    … [Read more...]

Conasauga River 2002 v’s 2020

Conasauga River 2020 - Reggie above is sitting just beyond where John leans against a rock below. Conasauga River 2002 - Some beach erosion since 2002 – but still a great spot. … [Read more...]