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BIG SOUTH FORK ANGEL FALLS OVERLOOK BASE CAMP BACKPACK LOOP POURING RAIN W/GRAND TRUNK SKEETER BEETER HAMMOCK 9/20/13 THRU 9/22/13

  This was the first time I had ever been to this area of the Angel Falls overlook area of Big South Fork and the first time I had ever hammock camped.  In spite of a lot of rain it turned out pretty well.  It rained quite a bit but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and we got quite a bit of hiking in during the unrelenting downpour on Saturday. We parked at the Bandy Creek parking lot and started our […]

Joyce Kilmer- Slickrock – Citico Wilderness Naked Ground Big Fat Gap 12/29/13 Thru 12/31/13

I hiked the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Wilderness area back in December for the first time and really enjoyed my time spent there.   We were actually in the Citico Wilderness area but generally when people refer to it they lump them all together.  We didn’t have time to see the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest which was a little disappointing, but the general area is so awesome that I was able to easily get over the disappointment once I experience all there was to offer.  […]

LINVILLE GORGE THREE NIGHT NO SWITCHBACKS DEEPEST GORGE EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI BACKPACK LOOP 11/08/13 THRU 11/11/13

Linville Gorge is an awesome place to hike and backpack! The views from the Chimneys, Shortoff Mountain and Table Rock alone are incredible, not to mention the river itself, which is really cool too.  The trails here are some of the steepest and toughest that I’ve hiked in the Eastern U.S., though I’ve been told by friends that it’s very challenging hiking up in the Northeast.  In either case,  anyone who has ever hiked in Linville Gorge will agree that you earn every view within […]

BIG SOUTH FORK YAHOO FALLS OVERNIGHT BACKPACK LOOP 4-6-13

I’ve been on this trip a few times and thought I’d put up a rough itinerary of the mileage and some high points. It’s a great beginner trip because it isn’t overly strenuous or high mileage.  It’s just about perfect to get someone new out there and give them a taste of the Big South Fork.  Water is readily available pretty much anywhere on this hike too.  I really enjoy going to this area at least once a year […]

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