Reggie Cozy In His Hammock

Reggie looks cozy in his hammock as he enjoys a cocktail and rides out a nasty thunderstorm on the Chattooga River. … [Read more...]

Riding The Storm Out

The rest of our group fared much better than Phillip during a summer thunderstorm on the Chattooga River. But that might be my fault ... … [Read more...]

Chattooga River Downpour

3Dub (aka Phillip) and I enjoy the cover from his tarp during a heavy downpour on the Chattooga River in the summer of 2021. … [Read more...]

Our Rain Strategy

It is a wet morning on the Trail, but packing up is a lot easier when you are under cover and sitting in a camp chair! … [Read more...]

Rain as predicted

Rain as predicted ... why the Kelty Tarp didn't make Outside Magazines 2017 list of the 40 Most Innovative Gear - I have no idea. … [Read more...]

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Our Oasis In The Monsoon

Back to our oasis in the monsoon. Fortunately, Ken gathered and covered wood in advance of the storm. Damn that fire feels nice! … [Read more...]

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And the monsoons came. A tale from Good Friday…

The kids were out of school for Good Friday recently, so we took them backpacking on the Appalachian Trail near Tray Mountain.  Here they are at Tray Gap about a mile from the summit. Even the dog was having a great time at Tray Gap and went straight for a mega muddle puddle at the cross-roads.  Three 4x4 Jeeps did the same and entertained the kids before we hit the Trail.  All got a good smattering of mud as you can see below...  Uh, I gotta sleep with that? We considered … [Read more...]

Episode 15: Ultimate Summer Road Trip (Mackie)

In Episode 15, Mackie and I sit down to discuss a 65 day and 17,000 mile cross-country road trip that went down in the summer of 1996.  On the journey, we hiked sections of the Appalachian, Continental, and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails and visited some treasured American wilderness including Isle Royal, Glacier, Mt. Ranier, Redwoods, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Park. In the podcast, Mackie talks about the adventure, some major mishaps, high and low moments from the … [Read more...]