Davenport Gap

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JD had been organizing this big event for a while. But the pending weather sort of changed our plan to go to Bob’s bald with a large group. Instead we decided to do a quick hit Backcountry trip to Davenport … Continued

Part Deux-the Paris Portion

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So I started getting that chest crud my last few days in Val Thorens. It was so bad I didn’t even ski that last day and waited on Laurel while she did. (Yesterday three chest x-rays confirmed my first official … Continued

Les Trois Vallees- Val Thorens

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Les Trois Vallees- France I travel cheaply. By now most of you are fully aware. How else could a lowly drug counselor traverse this planet? I’ve always believed that a penny saved….. Anyway, this trip’s genesis was borne from $650 … Continued

Quick Hit-Little Bottoms Trip

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Leaving Maryville at 3.30 pm, we arrived at the trailhead aroun 4 pm.  How about that?  And the reservation system was showing half full for good ole Little Bottoms. However, that was false. And it has been false since the … Continued

The Rotary Version

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By this time, if you haven’t caught one of my presentations about Everest, you probably haven’t tried or live out of town as do many friends. I’ve been privileged to share the story with two Rotary Clubs, two Kiwanis Clubs, … Continued

Big South Fork

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I figured it has been at least seven years since standing atop this spot. We did a “quick hit” run up to the Angel Falls overlook. The leaves and views did not disappoint. We had intended to backpack but a … Continued

Hangover 2018

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I’m still sorting through photos, so enjoy this montage of the cloudscape we encountered. It was as if we were breathing with the mountain.  The Hangover was well attended and it was one for the books. Myers did the heavy … Continued

Come to LRTC for SFW Fundraiser and Everest Presentation.

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Bring your questions. I will have books available,(along with 60 plus slides and some climb video)  www.temptingthethroneroom.com which would make great Christmas presents!  Looking forward to seeing you in Maryville this Thursday.-John   https://www.facebook.com/events/231914867679748/

Newton Bald w Grady and Laurel

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We had the place all to ourselves. Dropping down from Thomas Divide, we sauntered and undulated along the spine. Fall is quite elusive in Early October in the Smokies, it seems. 90 plus degree days haven’t triggered our friends to … Continued