Bullhead and down Rainbow

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  It was time to finish this project started a couple months back. Saturday found us in perfect weather in great stead to tackle this beast. Fire is sometimes cleansing and it certainly scoured the soil. We climbed 3700 feet … Continued

Easter Snow in the Smokies?

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When I heard there may be several inches of snow up high on Easter Eve, I reminisced about the epic “Easter Freeze” trip from 12 years ago.  So I am re-posting that trip since I  obviously am not out this … Continued

April “Doings”

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It was  one year ago when Laurel and I packed up and headed to Nepal for the grand Everest adventure. As we speak, teams are snaking their way up the Khumbu valley for their own shot at earth’s highest peak.  … Continued

Lake Tahoe

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Spring break. And I desperately needed some snow time. Work was killing me, I’ve been pulling 12 hour days.  So, off I went. Tahoe has had 40 feet of snow this year. It’s a record snowpack in all my many … Continued

Goldmine to cs #2

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 It was a another in a string of quick hit backcountry trips and Friday afternoon saw me hitting the trail from top of the world down into Cane Creek.  I went at the invitation of Curt and Brian who were … Continued


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It was a quick hit Saturday morning run up a newly-opened trail. The results of the fire are still visible. But the weather was ideal for this kind of exercise. There’s been a lot in the news lately about the … Continued

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