The Mountains Or The Sea — Why Not Both!

North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail The most celebrated long distance hiking trail in the United State – and perhaps the most celebrated in the world among trails of its length – is the Appalachian Trail. This 2000+ mile footpath traces most of the Appalachian range from Georgia to Maine, and is what gave the …

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A Macro-Driving Adventure in the Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Parkway Outing, VA Last week we found our selves with a few days to ourselves and some house guests to entertain. What better way to bring them west, to see the Mountains of NC? Last year we went out to the mountains near Asheville, NC to show some guests things they hadn’t seen …

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The Deadliest ‘Small’ Mountain in the World

Last week we told you about a lost hiker story where the outcome had a happy ending. Today, we’ll share another one where, alas, it didn’t. Few mountains anywhere on Earth – and certainly none of comparable size – have as many stories with bad endings associated with it as New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Close …

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A Grim Climbing Season Draws to a Close

Death Toll for the 2019 Himalayan Climbing Season Could Be Near Thirty Himalayan Hiking Season is finally, and perhaps mercifully, over. At least eleven people died attempting to summit Mount Everest this year. Tragically, several of those who died had in fact summited and were on the way down when they collapsed and died. The …

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Jefferson Mountain: A Hike Fit For All (Dogs Included)

Mount Jefferson by the Mountain Ridge Trail *We have added Mount Jefferson to the list of best places to hike in the Southern Appalachians and Carolinas. Though there are several nearby places which are superior...Elk Knob for example...and many of the best views are reachable by car, it's still well worth checking out.* After a …

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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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Everest, Traffic Jams…and Death.

I think by now almost everyone who follows news in the outdoor world has seen this incredible photo. A queue reported by CNN to be over 300 people waits in the 'death zone' (above 8000 meters) just below the summit of Everest. Of the over two hundred climbers who have died on Everest, most have …

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