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 …

Continue reading Elk Knob – A Hike For Everybody

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 …

Continue reading Everest, Traffic Jams…and Death.

Is There Still Time to Plan for the Tour Du Mont Blanc?

Want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc -- Europe's most celebrated Alpine hike -- this summer? Well, you better get cracking...The trekking season gets under way in less than six weeks. Realistically, you probably should have started planning for it already. Sylvia and I did the complete tour in late July of 2018. But …

Continue reading Is There Still Time to Plan for the Tour Du Mont Blanc?

North Face Team Climbers Presumed Lost in Avalanche

Three Respected Climbers Missing, Presumed Dead in Avalanche at Canada's Banff National Park Tragic news from Banff National Park this morning. Three of the most respected members of the mountaineering world have apparently been killed in an avalanche. https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/americas/north-face-climbers-presumed-dead-avalanche/index.html David Lama, Jess Roskelley, and Hansjörg Auer were "caught in an avalanche earlier this week while attempting to climb …

Continue reading North Face Team Climbers Presumed Lost in Avalanche

Patagonia (or Bust): Staying There

Getting Ready for Patagonia Means Figuring Out Where to Stay Once we’ve reached Patagonia, the logistical challenges do not end. One might be tempted the think that you can just show up with a backpack and hike. The temptation is false; you can’t just show up and hike either the ‘W’ or the full Torres …

Continue reading Patagonia (or Bust): Staying There

Standing Indian Loop/April 2018

AT Thru Hike Season Gets Underway!

Spring has arrived! And for those who wish to try their luck at completing the entire Appalachian Trail – the celebrated 2192 mile white blazed Footpath that links Springer Mountain, Georgia with Maine's Mount Katahdin – Late March/early April is typically the time that most will set out. Winter has not yet left the Southern …

Continue reading AT Thru Hike Season Gets Underway!

The Evolution of a Hiking Dog!

Our Time with Fitz Roy: We’re So Glad to be Adopted by a Great Dog! Few things have proven more satisfying to us than the adventure of dog ownership. When Sylvia and Brian married in 2009, Brian committed on paper to a dog. But that commitment stayed on paper for nearly a decade. Many valid …

Continue reading The Evolution of a Hiking Dog!