Lost Hiker Found in Arkansas

Recent 'Lost Hiker' Stories Have Happy Endings Recently, a man went missing in the wilderness of Arkansas. You might have heard about it; it made national headlines, as “Lost Hiker” stories often do. It’s odd that the media has such an appetite for lost hiker stories. On average about 600,000 people go ‘missing’ in the …

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The Incredible Shrinking (and Late Arriving Fall) Color Show

Higher Temps and More Rain, Humidity Mean a Later Onset of Autumn How did this year’s fall color display in the Appalachian Mountains compare with those of years past? The short answer, at least when we were there to experience it, is…not that well. For the second straight year, fall colors came late to the …

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Let’s Give Thanks for the Outdoors!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! One of the things that Sylvia and I both feel most thankful about is that we have the ability to move around, enjoy the outdoors and be active. We also are thankful we live in a country where so many people feel as passionately about the outdoors as we do! …

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A Trail to Fall For

  The Falls Lake Trail, Raleigh/Durham. NC *We had added the Falls Lake Trail to our list of recommended local hikes in the Raleigh/Durham area.. We often train here for the bigger adventures. Being an outdoors adventurer requires a willingness to travel long distances in search of the great adventures of life. Adventures don’t generally …

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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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Forest Ridge Park in Wake County Opens

Forest Ridge Park is Wake County's newest! Located in the extreme Northern Corner of Raleigh, near the Wake County Line, is the new Forest Ridge Park. We think it may become on of the best places to hike in the Triangle area. Though it is a multi-use park, most of this new recreational area is …

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