Winter is Coming

“The path wound its way through the snow laden trees. The forest had an ethereal quality, that made me feel as if I was floating rather than hiking. It was mid-November in the Appalachian mountains. Winter was coming.” ~ Cam … Continue reading

ALDHA West Keynote Address – 12 Long Walks

Here is a video clip from the talk I gave at ALDHA West on September 28, 2013. This particular excerpt relates to the Southeastern Serpentine Trail, the sixth of the 12 Long Walks.  It includes reminisces about robberies, solitude, hypothermic weather and Pabst-Blue Ribbon … Continue reading

SST – Stage 4 – Benton Mackaye Trail

Distance:  299 miles (481 km) – This total includes the extra 3 miles from Standing Bear Farm to Davenport Gap, as well as the additional 8.8 miles from Springer mountain down to Amicoala State Park trailhead. Start:  Davenport Gap, TN Finish:  Springer Mountain, … Continue reading

SST – Part 3 – AT/Smokies

Distance:  95 miles (153 km) Start: Cheoah Bald, NC Finish:  Green Corner Rd, TN (turnoff to Standing Bear Farm) Time:  3.5 days (Nov.13 to Nov.16) Daily Average:  27.1 miles Highlights: Hot showers at the Fontana Dam shelter; affectionately known by long … Continue reading

SST – Stage 2 – Bartram Trail

Distance:  116 miles (187 km) Start:  Russell Bridge, GA Finish:  Cheoah Bald, NC Time:  4.5 days (early Nov.8 to Nov.12) Daily Average:  25.8 miles (41.5 km) Highlights: The Georgia section of the Bartram Trail (about 38 miles) is distinguished by wonderful engraved … Continue reading

SST – Stage 1 – Foothills & Chattooga Trails

Distance:  73 miles approx. (117 km) Start:  Table Rock State Park, SC Finish:  Russell Bridge, SC/GA border Time:  3 days (late Nov.5 to early Nov.8 ) Daily Average:  24.3 miles (29.1 km) Highlights: Fall colours: Around the lower elevations of … Continue reading