Trip Reports

I will post some of my trip reports and photos here for posterity and use by others in planning their own trips. However, there will be quite a lot of gaps for two reasons: I don’t want to contribute to the degradation by overuse of the really pristine and wild areas, which are extremely rare on the east coast of the US, and somewhat selfishly, there are still a few places I can go for peace and quiet even for just a weekend…I’ll keep those off the net and only recommend on an individual basis.


October 2017 – John Muir Trail (Tennessee) – Quick trip overlapping with Patman from Trailspace.

September 2017 – Shining Rock Wilderness – Annual trip a week after Hurricane Irma passed through the area.

August 2017 – Dolly Sods Wilderness – My wife and I got out for a short trip during the eclipse for some (briefly) cool hiking.

June 2017 – Acadia Nat. Park & White Mountains – a great anniversary week with my lovely wife camping and backpacking

June 2017 – Grayson Highlands & Mt Rogers – After a 2 month layoff with back and nerve pain I got under pack again!

Feb 2017 – Grayson Highlands & Mt Rogers – Finally a cold winter trip!

Jan 2017 – Uwharrie National Recreation Trail, NC – Rainy weekend trip

Dec 2016 – Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC – Cold weekend trip (10 degree lows)

Nov 2016 – Mammoth Cave National Park, KY – Over-night gear test trip

Oct 2016 – Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, NC – My “back yard” playground!

Sept 2016 – Shining Rock/Middle Prong Wilderness, NC – Annual trip to this area

Nov 2015 – Appalachian Trail, VA – 5 days on the AT during a cold snap

Sept 2015 – Shining Rock Wilderness, NC – 4 days in one of the great spots in NC

March 2015 – Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, NC – A quick weekend trip


Backpacking reviews, trips, and random thoughts