2000’s (the 1st decade)

Back to the 1980’s and 1990’s

  1. 3/00  Big Bend N.P. & Big Bend Ranch S.P. VII (Rancherias Loop), 3 days, family
  2. 10/00  Great Smoky Mountians N.P. (GSMNP)  III (Clingmans/Forney Cr/Silers Bald/AT loop), 4 days
  3. 12/00  Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands, VA, 3 days
  4. 12/00  AT, VA. (James River face), 3 days
  5. 2/01  Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands II, VA, 3 days
  6. 3/01  Black Mtns. VI (Buncombe Horse Tr./Crest Tr./Horse Rock/Woody Ridge Tr.), NC, 3 days

The Lightweight Era Begins

While I had always followed Colin Fletcher‘s words of “the weightiest matter is weight” and “take care of the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves”, it wasn’t until this time that I began to look hard at every piece of gear and began to slowly buy new ultralight equipment.  The result is I have reduced my base pack weight by over 20 pounds since 2000!

  1. 11/01  GSMNP IV (Fontana/Hazel Cr/AT/Gregory Bald), 6 days
  2. 12/01  AT, (Burkes Garden loop), VA,  3 days
  3. 1/02  AT, (Religious range loop- The Priest/Cole Mtn./The Cardinal), VA, 3 days
  4. 3/02  Grand Canyon N.P. III (Hermit/Bright Angel), 7 days, Scott
  5. 8/02  Black Mtns. VII (Buncombe Horse trail), NC,  3 days, solo
  6. 11/02  Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands III, VA, 2 days, Frank, rain shortened
  7. 11/02  GSMNP V (Big Creek rim run), 4 days, Lee
  8. 1/03  AT, (North Mtn./Dragons Tooth/McAfee Knob loop), VA,  3 days
  9. 8/03  Black Mtns. VIII (Buncombe Horse trail), NC, 2 days, solo
  10. 10/03  Beartown Wilderness/Burkes Garden AT, VA, 3 days
  11. 1/04  Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands IV, AT/Iron Mtn. Loop, VA, 4 days
  12. 2/04  AT, Roan Mountain I (19E S to Iron Mtn. Gap), NC/TN, 3 days
  13. 2/04  Fires Creek, NC, 2 days
  14. 11/04  GSMNP VI (Smokemont/Hyatt Rdg/Palmer Creek/Cataloochee), 3 days
  15. 12/04  Big Bend N.P. VIII (across the park Eastern Half), 6 days, snow shortened
  16. 1/05  AT, Roan Mtn. II (19E S to Iron Mtn. Gap), NC/TN, 3 days
  17. 2/05  Wild Oak Trail, VA, 3 days
  18. 3/05  Chunky Gal/Fires Creek, NC, 3 days
  19. 11/05  Mountains to Sea Trail [MST] (Balsam Gap-US 279), NC, 4 days
  20. 12/05  AT, (Religious Range loop II), VA, 3 days
  21. 3/06  Bartram/AT loop, NC, 3 days, rain shortened
  22. 8/06  Black Mtns. IX (W. side loop), NC, 2 days, rain shortened
  23. 10/06 Zion N.P. II (West Rim Tr./Paria Abort), 4 days, family
  24. 11/06  GSMNP VII (Twenty mile/Jenkins Rdg/Gregory Bald), 4 days
  25. 3/07  AT Standing Indian IV, NC, 3 days
  26. 8/07  Black Mtns. X (Buncombe Horse trail), NC, 2 days
  27. 11/07  GSMNP VIII (Fontana/Eagle Cr./AT/Hughes Rdg/Lakeshore), 4 days
  28. 3/08  AT (Allens Gap-Nolichucky), NC/TN, 4 days
  29. 8/08  Black Mtns. XI (Buncombe Horse trail), NC, 2 days, solo
  30. 11/08  GSMNP IX (Smokemont/Pecks/Charlies Bunion), 3 days
  31. 11/08  MST (Craggy Gardens loop), NC, 2 days, weather shortened
  32. 12/08  Big Bend N.P. IX (across the park Western Half), 7 days
  33. 8/09  Black Mtns. XII  (Buncombe Horse trail), NC, 3 days, solo
  34. 10/09  Foothills Trail, SC, 4 days
  35. 11/09  Wire Pass/Buckskin Gulch/Paria River/Lee’s Ferry, UT, 6 days
  36. 12/09  GSMNP X (Cataloochee Divide loop, snow camping), 3 days

Forward to the 2010’s

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