Category Archives: North Carolina

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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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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