Category Archives: North Carolina

Black Mountains XXIV, the Buncombe Horse trail and the 5 planet alignment. 6/22

Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. Back in May I had planned on going up to Mt. Rogers, VA, to watch the total eclipse of the Moon but the weather was not going to cooperate so I stayed … Continue reading

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Wilson Creek area (Harper creeks and the Lost Coves), 10/20

Oct. 21 & 22, 2020 21 miles Bob and I badly needed to get out after long backpacking hiatuses due to the coronavirus.  8 months for Bob and 10 for me except I did slip out for a few nights … Continue reading

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AT (Spivey’s Gap to Big Butt)/Sampson Mtn. Wilderness/Lower Higgins Creek, NC/TN, 5/18

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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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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MST (NC 181 to and then over Grandfather Mtn.), 8/13

Waterfalls, swimming and nearly 6000′ on Grandfather Mountain August 10-12, 2013 33 miles The summer sweatfest was on.  We tried to combine some low level walking with plenty of swimming opportunities and a bit of high ridge walking with good … Continue reading

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GSMNP XI (Cataloochee Divide/Mt. Sterling ridge run),12/11

Dec. 29-31, 2011 40 miles in 45 hours! Not quite a New Years run but close enough.  We had the opportunity to do this route because we had the rare situation with two vehicles because Chuck met us after visiting … Continue reading

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Black Mountains XIV, 8/11, (Traverse of the range)

Aug. 5 & 6 29 miles Chasing the Bear The Black Mountains, while appearing to be all tangled up with the Blue Ridge and the Great Craggy mountains, are technically a separate geologic formation that forms a J shaped ridge … Continue reading

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AT (Hughes Gap to Nolichucky river), 2/11

Feb 25-27, 2011 28 miles Another hard winter both weather wise and with other (non-backpacking) extra-curricular activities.  After the great Upper Paria River trip in mid November I/we just couldn’t get it together to get out again until this trip. … Continue reading

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Black Mountains XIII, 8/10, (circumnavigation above 5500′ using the W. side route)

Aug. 6-8, 2010 29 miles Gear list To celebrate Bob’s 60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of my first backpacking trip we took an uncharacteristic summer trip, in fact it is the only time we have hiked together not between … Continue reading

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