I wanted to take a moment to highlight some new reading material that I’ve recently been working my way through, and provide a quick review for each. Highlights include a true story of a journey through a melting world, some science fiction, the newest backpacking gear, and an overview of backpacking gear in general with selection … More Recommended Readings In Gear, Adventure, and Science Fiction
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) … More Acadia National Park, Trip Report
Every once in a while, I find an inspired video that captures my heart and sings the melodies that I can’t quite find the lungs for. This video does just that.
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 … More The Joy of Being Lost
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 … More Summiting Roan Mountain, NC
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we boarded the ferry that would carry us across the water to the secluded land mass known as Cumberland Island. Certainly, t he idea of backpacking a 10 mile long island off the coast of Georgia was intriguing, but furthermore the fact that I knew very little … More Cumberland Island National Seashore. A week long journey.
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 … More Big Laurel Branch Wilderness
As the trees began to open up at the peak and the blue sky began to flow in, I could only think, “This, this is what I was looking for”. Located in the Jefferson National Forest near Mouth of Wilson, Va, the park offers variety that is hard to obtain anywhere else. You’ll find dense … More Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia
This trip was a joy, and a joy for many reasons. Trip details including map and elevation profile can be found below. http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?tripId=47545 The crew was excited. It’s hard to contain the enthusiasm of 7 people who are all gathered to dominate a mountain. The first day was a long, 6 mile climb to the … More Trip Review, Sams gap to Spivey Gap. Appalachian trail. Flag Pond, Tn.
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 … More A bear jacked my Pop-Tarts