West to go South to go North

The Standing Indian Loop: Day I We arrived at Standing Indian Campground just after 5 pm on Thursday….though we had another 30 mins or so delay as we had to backtrack into Franklin to stop at an ATM machine (we had forgotten to bring cash.) If you stage out of this campground, remember to bring …

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The Cold Equations

The Standing Indian Loop: Preparations and Decisions Gen. Dwight Eisenhower once said that before a battle, preparations are everything; but once a battle is joined, preparations mean nothing. So it goes with hiking. Good preparation is absolutely essential for a multi-day hike, and most hikes that fail do so because the hiker was poorly prepared.  …

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The Hundredth Mile Wilderness: The Standing Indian Loop via the AT

The Standing Indian Loop Three Day Backpacking Adventure *We have added the Standing Indian Loop to our list of Best Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. The SIL is a surprisingly straightforward two or three-day backpacking adventure on the Appalachian Trail and adjacent side trails, located entirely within North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest. We loved the …

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Two Miles of Wow…The Best of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, Continued

Part II: The Chimneys, Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC *Along with Table Rock, we have added the nearby Chimney’s to our list of Best Hikes in The Southern Appalachians and Carolinas…and with an exclamation point! Both can be regarded as a single hike…Making for two solid miles of WOW! We just can’t say enough about the …

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Two Miles of Wow…The Best of the Linville Gorge Wilderness

  Part I: Table Rock, Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC *We have added Table Rock to to our list of Best Hikes in The Southern Appalachians and Carolinas…and with a serious exclamation point! In fact, we think the Linville Gorge, and particularly the trails off the mostly unpaved Table Rock Road, are hands down the best …

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Warning: Adventures in the Making!

We're still getting ready for the Tour du Mont Blanc in July. So we're busy training and looking for spots to test ourselves against the mountains, to prepare our minds and bodies for the trails to come. Last week we found a GREAT Place. This week we hope to find another. The Linville Gorge in …

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Brian Kicks The …You Know

Bucket List. It’s really a silly bunch of words to describe something that for many of us is so very dear and important. I personally detest the term. Urban Dictionary defines the term thusly: A list of things to do before you die. Comes from the term "kicked the bucket". I need to remember to add skydiving to my bucket list. In other words, it’s a …

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