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Butter Gap Loop

  This is my first hike in the Pisgah National Forest, and I was looking forward to experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the forest as I traversed the … Continue Reading →


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An Enjoyable Walk In The Snow

I managed to get out today for the first time in over a week due to all the snow we have been experiencing recently. I returned to the Bent Creek … Continue Reading →


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Bent Creek North Loop

I set out with the intention of walking the 8 mile Bent Creek North Loop, as detailed in the excellent book titled Asheville – Your Guide To The Areas Most … Continue Reading →


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North Carolina Arboretum

I did my first hike today in North Carolina. I wasn’t sure of my fitness levels and there is so much I want to see and do so I started … Continue Reading →


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Relocating to the Mountains!

After years of dreaming about living in the mountains it is finally a reality. Glenda and I took the plunge and left the flat lands of Texas for the beauty … Continue Reading →


Me at the Cherry Bend, the end of Section 2

Fane’s Creek to Mile Marker 39

During the night the temperature dropped, the wind got up, and it started to rain. It didn’t rain long and it didn’t rain hard, but it did wake me up … Continue Reading →


If it wasn't so cold I would have jumped in!!

OHT Spirits Creek to Fane’s Creek

One of the new pieces of gear I got for this trip was the Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm sleeping pad. At 2.5 inches thick and an R value of 5.7, this … Continue Reading →


Spirits Creek

Hogwarts School of Backpacking!!

We stayed Saturday night in the Motel 6 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It had been a long drive of 650 miles from Lubbock, Texas, and we were tired from the … Continue Reading →


Tarptent Notch

Gear changes and preparation for OHT Sections 2 And 3

As our departure date of March 2nd 2013 approached it was time to prepare my gear and assess my fitness levels to see where I was in comparison to last … Continue Reading →


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Getting Fit Or Going Insane?

After I completed the Lost Coast Trail in 2008, I looked for ways to keep myself in reasonable shape for future adventures. I wasn’t able to drive for medical reasons, and I … Continue Reading →


The Orange Monster 35lb and Big Purple 5lb Kettlebells

Enter The Kettlebell

After searching long and hard all summer for a suitable method to get myself fit for future trails and to ensure there would be no repeat of the disasters of … Continue Reading →


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Disaster Strikes

We arrived home from Las Vegas on a Tuesday, and I planned on using the remainder of the week to sort out our vacation clothing and gear and get back … Continue Reading →


Beautiful Durango

Eventful 2012

My plan for the remainder of 2012 was simple: Get fitter!! One could be excused for thinking that this would be an easy task, and in normal circumstances it would … Continue Reading →


Lightening My Load!! The Tarptent Notch weighs in at  just 27ozs

The Aftermath!!

After all the mistakes I made on the OHT the first time, I had learned my lessons the hard way. I was determined to upgrade my gear to the lightest … Continue Reading →


View from White Rock Mountain

OHT Day 5 – Out and Home!!

Our aim today was to find a suitable camping spot around mile marker 17. After checking the trail guide and finding that there were no more water sources until after … Continue Reading →