Black Mountain-full circle

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Some 30+ years ago, while but a green, wide eyed aspiring climber, I accepted an invite to do my first true rock ascent. John Thuren mentored me in this place we called Crab Orchard. I barely remember much but the … Continued

Gregory’s Bald

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I was certain that Myers and I were headed into the storm. The radar was undeniable. A massive front was heading our way. We packed tarps, clothing, boots and wet weather sundries. Then we dealt with the Cade’s Cove loop … Continued

Obed

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I’ve been on a climbing spate of late. Thanks to Seth and his photography. He’s gotten the bug. If we get out this afternoon after work it will be 4 days in a row. Two at the obed and two … Continued

Going off the Rails on the Katy Trail

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When Mark graciously invited me to join him on this rail-to-trail adventure, I was hesitant primarily because I didn’t have the right bicycle. But when his son, Andrew, offered to loan me a bike and Mark’s girlfriend, Stephanie, provided pannier … Continued

The Katy Trail

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On Thursday I will embark for the Katy Trail under the tutelage of Mark Jones. (ignore the dates on this map, I snatched it from the web) We will attempt to ride from Clinton Missouri to St. Charles on road … Continued

The Carolina lightning bugs.

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Frank enjoys our morning visitor at the undisclosed location campsite. So many times I have heard about the existence of the synchronized lightning bugs at this spot. So we decided to explore this mythology and confirm or break it. Frank … Continued

Synchronicity

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After missing it last week we nailed it this time.   The lightning bugs were there in full spect glory and we were able to bask fully in it. Jesse The body even made an appearance.   We had a … Continued

An urban adventure.

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Seth works his way up this beautiful wall on Knox County’s finest crag. We paddled to get there. Multi-pitch under responsible lead, who can beat that? It is what we would call an undisclosed location. But if you join the … Continued

No lightning bugs, yet…

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But one heck of a fun time. Very happy to be among this group. We had great camaraderie a wonderful fire, perfect weather. What else could you ask for? Maybe you could ask for a beautiful rendetion of an aptly … Continued