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Appalachian Trail:  Bluemont, VA (Snickers Gap) > Linden, VA

4 day 3 night solo winter expedition on the Appalachian Trail in Northern Virginia

 
 
Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area

A leisurely and relatively secluded stroll around Lake Russell is a welcome respite from the day to day doldrums. While there really is nothing at all challenging here, it is rather beautiful, with plenty of turtles, and waterfowl to see...

 
 
Panther Creek Trail (Section 2)

No list of north Georgia hiking would be complete without Panther Creek Trail at the top of the list.  Personally there are relatively two sites that I have personally experienced in Georgia that, have both extraordinary beauty, and have that feeling that you are no longer hiking in Georgia.  Those two are the Raven Cliff wilderness and Panther Creek as a whole.  While this review will cover the second, and less traveled section of Panther Creek, the first section is not to be missed despite it's popularity...

 
 
Panthertown Valley, NC

 

One of the most unique and unusual locations can be found in western NC, near the city of Cashiers. Many people aren't aware of it, and it's diversity isn't limited to spectacular water falls, granite domes, vegetation that reminds me of Central American rainforest, high mountain bogs and rushing mountain creeks. Panthertown Valley is a must see.

 
 
Smithgall Woods

Smithgall Woods is a short and relaxing getaway, that is surprisingly expanse compared to initial perception.  While main trails are representative of paved and gravel roads, there are a number of other side spur trails off of the road that will give you plenty of solitude for the mandatory USFS $5 parking fee.

 
 
Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is quite a strange type of location, while it is somewhat "touristy", at the same time, it really does take some effort to get there and is deep in the second largest rainforest in the world, the Peten jungle.  This place is just too spectacular to pass up.

 
 
Woodall Shoals, Chattooga River,SC  Trip# 3

"Do I have what it takes?"

In my attempts to discover what it is within me that draws a man to the wilderness, I cannot shake the question that plagues the majority of men:

“Do I have what it takes?”

I wanted to camp on my own.  To go out and just be a man.  Sounds simple, right?  Sounds like nothing special maybe.  But to me, here I am 30 years old, successful in many ways, and I’ve never really spent a night out in the wild, alone.

The question plagued me:

“Do I have what it takes?”  I needed to know.

 
 
Woodall Shoals,Chattooga River, SC Trip #1

"Looking Back at 2004 –A Rookie’s Perspective"

 

The first time I went to Woodall Shoals to camp was in 2004.  I was with my best friend Sam, joined by our girlfriends at the time.  We entered our little campsite complete with lawn chairs and coolers full of drinks, delicious beef patties wrapped in tin foil to make our evening burgers.   Our intentions were more about having a good time, spending time with our girls, and retreating from the daily grind of being self-employed musicians, than any kind of “big-nuts adventure.”

Looking back, I recall the amount of stuff that we brought with us.  Our campsite, which rested on the white water banks of the Chattooga River, was a mere 1/3 of a mile from our car, but it felt like more.  I remember how I had to borrow a tent from a friend, a huge one.  I can picture myself now, dragging my 8-person ‘Thunder Dome of a tent’ across the gravel, which was stuffed in a big trash bag like a dead carcass.

 
 
 
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