Elk Knob – A Hike For Everybody

Elk Knob State Park Summit Trail is Fitz Roy's First Mountain Hike *We have added Elk Knob State Park as one of the Best Places to Hike in the Southern Appalachians. This is truly an excellent hike for everybody; a very well graded trail, excellent viewpoints, and not too crowded (yet.) Last weekend Minister of …

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The Most (Potentially) Dangerous National Parks

What are the Most Dangerous National Parks for Hikers? Last time we talked about safety in the National Parks and speculated if accidents in the parks are on the rise. We were unable to find any evidence this is so. But the parks remain wild and potentially dangerous places. The wildest of them are not …

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Can I Hike the Rae Lakes Loop?

The Rae Lakes Loop *Completed by Brian in 2014, the Rae Lakes Loop is one of BecauseItzThere's BucketList Hikes. It is recommended to fit, self-sufficient hikers as a reasonable alternative to the John Muir Trail, which should only be attempted by VERY fit and experienced hikers. Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA (nearest city Fresno) Distance: …

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An Unexpected Blast From the Past

The Golden State, back in our Golden Age I was recently rooting through some of my old photographs from the pre-digital and early digital age...the days when you still had to get pictures 'developed' before you could see them. I must admit I have no nostalgia for this age whatsoever. My purpose was to dig …

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The Great Fall Color Chase Part II

Aim high! Fall Trip to the Blue Ridge Some mourn the passing of summer, but not us. We love being in the mountains, and there is no better time to be in the mountains than Fall. Summer is an overrated time of year in our opinion, especially in the Southeastern US…hot, humid, buggy, crowded and …

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Tour du Mont Blanc: The Return of Our Buddy, Mont Blanc!

TMB Day 9: Trient to Tre-le-Champ *The Tour du Mont Blanc is the most famous and celebrated hike in Alpine Europe and is the fifth Bucket List Hike that Brian and Sylvia have completed together. It is also our first hike together of any kind in Europe.* After an uneventful rest day in Trient, which …

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Tour du Mount Blanc: We Opt for The Bovine Route!

TMB Day Eight: Champex to Trient The eighth day of our trek dawned ominous and cloudy, a low gray ceiling that promised a near certainty of rain. Weather was on our minds. The M.E.P. had seriously debated taking the high variant for day eight, described by Kev Reynolds as “…The toughest of the whole route.” …

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