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...]

The Smoking Gun

Thorton is an Irish Wolfhound that likes to backpack - so much that he eats them. Literally! At one point we thought a wild creature had eaten a hole through my backpack - but here is the smoking gun. Busted. … [Read more...]

The Boyz and the dogs do a walk over and leave me in the dust

Hiking northbound on the Appalachian Trail about two miles from Bly Gap and the Georgia-North Carolina border. The Boyz and the dogs do a walk over and leave me in the dust. … [Read more...]

100% Chance Of Rain? Backpacking To Plum Orchard Shelter

The weatherman said there was a 100% chance of rain today, and he was 100% right!  It rained all morning, and all afternoon.  I confess that  I'm still not sure how I was talked in to this trip, or how we got away with it at all.  Despite the gloomy weather (and our ventures in to Panthertown Valley just last weekend), the wives reluctantly gave the OK - and here we are climbing "As Knob" on the Appalachian Trail about an hour before dark. Our destination is Plum Orchard Shelter. … [Read more...]

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Working Off Thanksgiving Dinner – An Overnight In Panthertown Valley

After fattening up on Thanksgiving dinner, The Camel meets us in North Carolina for a hike in to Panthertown Valley.  No one is more excited than the Boone Dawg who is craving some time in the backcountry.  And we are blessed with sunshine as you can see from the the shadows in this photo. The weather has been cool this week so snow showers and ice still lingering in the valley.  Here is a giant piece floating near Schoohouse Falls. Our preferred campsite is taken.  So we … [Read more...]

Blind Courage, help support the movie…

Blind Courage, a great early 90's book on the Appalachian Trail and an inspiring story of blind thru-hiker Bill Irwin. Help support the movie at http/:www.blindcouragethemovie.com … [Read more...]

From movie set to backcountry set, a Walk In The Woods on the Appalachian Trail

You may have heard that Walk In The Woods is filming now in the Atlanta area, and Friday I was cast as an extra in a bunkroom scene with actors Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.  True to the book, it was set at Rainbow Springs, N.C. after an April snowstorm.  Needless to say, I had the Appalachian Trail on the brain and talked two friends in to a hike this weekend on the Trail.  Took my backpack straight from the set, and arrived at Hightower Gap on the A.T. on a beautiful spring day. We … [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...]