Acadia National Park, Trip Report

This one has been several years in the making. Acadia has been on the bucket list for a long time. Life events shut down my previous attempt to make it out there, but I finally managed to land on the salty shores of Maine. My experience was, in a word, phenomenal. We (myself and my partner)…

The Joy of Being Lost

Deep inside the Pisgah National Forest, myself and four of my good friends trotted along an old laden rock bed, the old bones of an abandoned mining track. The goal was Cold Mountain, the elusive summit of a mountain popularized by a movie of a similar name. The forecast was bad. Incredible waterfalls of rain…

Summiting Roan Mountain, NC

It’s seemingly rare, the idea of doing things the hard way just because they’re harder, but that’s exactly the idea that I had. Typically, people will hike through this section from Carvers Gap to US 19E in which you basically drive to the top of the mountain before hitting the trail. Most will hike out…

Big Laurel Branch Wilderness

I recently had the chance to do some backpacking in the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness. The area is just over 6,000 acres of wilderness situated just above the Watauga Lake in eastern Tennessee. This area is home to an abundance of black bear, fox, deer, and much more. The Appalachian Trail cuts right through the…

A bear jacked my Pop-Tarts

I thought I was clever. Using a couple of tandem kayaks for an overnight backpacking trip has it’s advantages. It opens galleries of new spots that are otherwise unreachable by local trails surrounding the lake. We found a nice, open area with a nice view of the sunset of the crisp Tennessee water, set up…