Ah, here it comes. That fresh, crisp fall air. The calming cool that brings with it the beautiful changing leaves and color. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to hike. You stay nice and cool during the day, and those falling leaves begin to slowly open up new vistas for the … More Dressing for Winter Hiking. Layering explained.
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
Big Agnes decided to try something completely new on this one; Build a tent with no zippers. This makes a lot of sense considering the zipper is usually the first point of failure on a tent. They get constant wear, and most people don’t clean them at all properly. Also, zippers are noisy, bulky, get … More Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Review
It’s no secret that the temperatures high up in the mountains will be lower than that in the valleys. Have you ever set off on a warm summer hike to find the temps at the peak in the 50’s or worse? Avoid these surprises by knowing how to calculate the temperature loss as you climb. … More Calculate temperature change with elevation
It’s a terrible sensation, realizing that you have forgotten something once you’re setting up camp after a long days hike. It’s even worse if it’s something vital like a sleeping pad on a winter backpacking trip. Fret not. I’m here to help. Posted for your reference is a bare minimum list of essentials for your … More Backpacking Pack List (Winter)
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
Waking up to the frosted peaks of the Smokey Mountains has always been an enjoyable experience for me. Seeing the mountains capped in snow instead of green foliage is mesmerizing an excites the mind. It’s as if it’s a new world, but built upon the shoulders of the world that you’re used to. After the leaves drop … More Winter Camping