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BIG SOUTH FORK DICK GAP TO TERRY CEMETERY BACKPACK TRIP HARDWOODS, RHODODENDRONS & MONOLITHS 12/12/14 THRU 12/14/14

I really enjoy hiking in the BSF and this hike was composed of some of the best of the BSF!  We went through areas that I had never hiked before so even better.  Some friends and I started this three-day trip and followed two other friends who were doing a five-day point to point backpacking trip from Dick Creek Gap to Rock Creek.  But five of us started at Dick Creek Gap on 12/12/14 and ended at Terry’s Cemetery on 12/14/14. The shuttle […]

Shining Rock Wilderness Shuttle Backpack Trip 5/1/14 Thru 5/4/14

    The Shining Rock Wilderness is an incredible place with a lot of awesome sights and hiking.  I hiked there for four days in May of 2014 with some friends and I will say it’s definitely a do-over.  This hike included incredible views of the countryside; Cold Mountain; Shining Rock; The Narrows; down the spine of a ridge; beautiful campsites and a lot more.     We parked one of our vehicles on the access road to Camp Daniel Boone SR1129, which runs alongside the Art Loeb […]

GARDEN OF THE GODS-LUSK CREEK CANYON-SHAWNEE FOREST AWESOME ROCK FORMATIONS 3/7/14 THRU 3/9/14

I had the opportunity to go to the Garden of the Gods-Lusk Creek Canyon-Shawnee Forest with some friends back in March of 2014 and figured I’d check it out because I’ve heard quite a bit about it.  So, after going there I’ll just go ahead and give it my two cents. This was my first and only visit to the Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois and it was definitely worth the drive to see the rock formations and beautiful rolling countryside.  […]

ROAN HIGHLANDS SHUTTLE BACKPACK TRIP 5/31/14 THRU 6/2/14

    I was bitten by the bug to do this hike ever since I read about it in Backpacker Magazine.  Then I finally went with a group of friends and it was every bit as cool as I thought it would be.  Lots of Appalachian Trail and high mountain views is what this hike is all about.  Unfortunately for us, by the time we reached the high balds the clouds had us all socked in which left us […]

Mt. Rainier – Wonderland Trail 9 Days 93 Miles 9/1/14 Thru 9/10/14

Hiking the Wonderland Trail in 2014 was by far the longest and toughest backpacking trip that I have ever done.  It was nothing short of amazing and I was very lucky to have shared it with some great friends.  I also met some really nice people along the way that made the trip even better. Each leg of our nine day journey had incredible gifts to share such as glaciers; suspension bridges; fellow hikers like myself; all the blueberries you can eat and wildlife just to name […]

Big South Fork Alum Ford Two Night Frozen Waterfalls Winter Hike 1-31-14 Thru 2-2-14

This was an good winter hike that leaned a little toward a basecamp hiking hike rather than actual backpacking.  It was low mileage and that gave us lots of options as far as where we wanted to day hike.  Not to mention that it’s winter time and everyone and everything moves slower in the winter time so it was a very relaxing trip. We left Friday afternoon as opposed to Friday morning so we didn’t have to take a day off work which was cool.  […]

LINVILLE GORGE TWO NIGHT OUT AND BACK TRIP 10/24/14 THROUGH10/26/14

  I had a great time backpacking Linville Gorge once again! This was my second time visiting Linville Gorge but this time we weren’t doing a loop. We were doing two out-and-back hikes. The first leg of our journey began at Sitting Bear Trailhead which is a little further North than my previous trip that started at Wolf Pit which is at the Southern base of Shortoff Mountain. Sitting Bear is the first trailhead just off FS210 which is just off 181.  We arrived at the […]

PANTHERTOWN VALLEY BEST WATERFALLS BACKPACK TWO NIGHT LOOP 4/4/14 THRU 4/6/14

This trip started out on a gloomy and drizzly morning at our usual carpool location at Walmart.  There were only three of us that were still up for it because nearly everyone else had to cancel for one reason or another so it questionable whether the trip would actually materialize at all.  But we hung in there and were rewarded justly because it turned out to be way better than any of us could have imagined.  Panthertown Valley was/is a […]

MT ROGERS-GRAYSON HIGHLANDS TWO NIGHT TRIP 7/4/14 – 7/6/14

ULA Equipment Backpacks – FREE US Shipping on ALL Orders!! Happy Trails! I did this hike twice this year and it was great both times.  I’ve included some information below regarding the hike and campsites that pertain to my 7/4/14 thru 7/6/14 hike.  The weather was great, not too hot and not too cold and we didn’t get a bit of rain on this trip.  We did the Mount Rogers summit trail @ .55 miles and […]

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