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AT (Spivey’s Gap to Big Butt)/Sampson Mtn. Wilderness/Lower Higgins Creek, NC/TN

May 6-8, 2018 39 miles in 49 hours Bob’s Last Expedition I had heard from solid sources that Bob was thinking about selling all his gear and quitting backpacking so I suggested a death march for his last outing.  For … Continue reading

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South Mountains State Park, 2/18

February 8 and 9, 2018 ~20 miles Bob and I have been trying to get to the Sampson Mountain Wilderness in Tennessee near Erwin but this was the only window in February that I had and the cold and rainy … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XIV (Mule Ears to Mariscal and back), 12/17

Dec. 9th-16th, 2017 82 miles with packs, 3 or 4 more exploring All of my walks need to have a raison d’etre and this one was no different but this time we had several objectives.  First and foremost was for … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XIII (Arroyo Venado loop), 2/17

The Arroyo Venado Loop to Gregorio Marufo’s Vega and Beyond, the Final Frontier Feb. 6th-10th, 2017 60 miles walked, 48.5 with pack, 11.5 without Like most of these trips this one has been rumbling around in my head for some years … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XII (Southwest Sierra Quemada Ramble), 1/16

Dec. 30th-Jan.3rd, 2016 51 miles walked, 43 with pack, 8 as a day hike A southwestern Sierra Quemada ramble, what does that mean?  How much area do the “burned mountains” actually cover?  Most of us just refer to everything below … Continue reading

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Grand Gulch III, Kane to Collins 11/15

Nov. 9th-15th, 2015 42 miles with pack, lots of scrambling without Grand Gulch, the place has held a special place in my memory bank since the last time I walked through it 38 years ago.  In the late 70’s relatively … Continue reading

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Black Mountains XVII (the Great loop), 5/15

May 24-26, 2015 ~30 miles I have never gone backpacking in May, ever.  But Bob was turning a significant number on the birthday odometer and I suggested we should go walking to mark the event.  He said OK but he … Continue reading

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