Buffalo Mountain is one of those beautiful oddities. Right in the middle of 3 cities, stands this tall gorgeous mountain of forest and wildlife. Surrounding it, lies buildings, shopping malls, restaurants, and industry. However, on the mountain this all melts away. Within minutes of shopping you can have hiking, creeks, wildlife, and solitude. It’s a … More Buffalo Mountain, Johnson City, Tennessee.
This past weekend, myself and a few of my friends set out on a 2 night camping trip to Stone Mountain, North Carolina. This park offers it all. Vistas, rock formations, stream crossings, cascades, waterfalls, wildlife, and much more. Instead of the heavy drumming of pack laden feet, I decided it was time for a … More Stone Mountain, Nc
Grandfather mountain is only about an hour from where I live, which makes the fact that I have only visited the mountain once previously utterly absurd. To correct my act of trail blasphemy, I decided to host a hike to one of the famous peaks, Calloways Peak, on one of the less famous trails, the … More Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, Daniel boone Scout trail.
I can’t cover this topic enough, and honestly, I’m almost ashamed that I haven’t covered it before. I adore the outdoors, the plants, the animals, the geology. It’s all amazing, and it’s all amazingly fragile. As outdoor enthusiast, we have a responsibility to help care for what we love. Humans have the incredible ability to … More Leave No Trace. What it means, and why it matters.
Backpacking isn’t all just climbing mountains, justling through the forests, and fighting bears off of your food bag. Backpacking does have its down times, hiding from storms under the safety net of your tent, or hanging out by the camp fire with your crew. This is where Hive comes in. What is it? Hive is … More Hive Pocket Review
Standing beside the car at the Grayson Highlands park trail entrance, we had the pleasure of chatting with another couple who were also entering the backcountry. They were following the same basic itinerary as we were, so we figured we were on to something. As usual, food became the premium topic of conversation. “What are … More Backcountry Pizza
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
What I liked It’s light. It’s under 4 pounds, and considering the 2 doors and 2 vestibules, that’s pretty slick. It packs up like a pro, and it stays out of the way with the included tent sack. The price. $199 for a lightweight backpacking tent, I’m not complaining . Similarly weighted, dependable tents can … More L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2-Person Tent Review
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.
The arrival 3:30 am, I pull into the dark, ghostly underbelly of Yosemite park. The sky is illuminated by the lights of the stars watching curiously over us as we gaze around into the valley. The Sky is dark, but dimly lit by the fairy like dots within. Just enough to contrast the alluring silhouette of … More Yosemite Park, Trip Report