Trips, Notes, and Maps

I will post some of my trips, photos, and maps 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.
  • 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.


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

MAPS: Work in progress as I scan in old maps with notes etc.


Grayson Highlands/Mt Rogers VA

Linville Gorge Wilderness NC

Shining Rock Wilderness NC


Backpacking reviews, trips, and random thoughts