Back to the CNF

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Saturday was one of those glorious nights you will always remember. Record cold had caused the thermometer to bottom out and register an historic low temperature. AJ and Jon Dempsey had gone up to our secret spot because it is … Continued

Mill Branch

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It’s really nice when you have a professional photographer in tow.This weekend we were fortunate to be accompanied by my friend, Seth Dortch That’s him on the right with the thumbs up. We climbed 1400 feet up Mill branch and … Continued

Jeffrey’s Hell Epic

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Folks, This was one for the books. So much so, that I am going to take a bit of time to put it together properly. Let it suffice to say we went thoroughly to the “Back of Beyond” and survived … Continued

Crowder Branch

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Some places are so unique I visit them with regularity. This weekend I was joined by AJ, Richard, Wildcat, lieutenant Dan, Kurt  and Brian. Ole , AJ, aka Otis, came in from Norris Lake Visa via Georgia. It was great … Continued

A Stormy Night on the Bob

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Going by the looks of this photograph, you would think it was a peaceful and solemn evening  atop Bob’s bald in the Nantahala National Forest. And indeed that is how it began. Strava provides some detail about the ascent from … Continued

Smokies Distancing

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Jo   We carefully followed CDC guidelines with regard to our outdoor time in the Smokies this weekend. Our posse maintained appropriate social distances and our tents were nowhere near the vicinity of each other. We were, after all, in … Continued

The Tahoe Turnaround

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This is a photo of me beating a hasty retreat from South Lake Tahoe. It seems counterintuitive to depart in the midst of the best snow they’ve had all year. But the decision was not mine to make; it was … Continued

Curry He, withe Licklog, aka Grady dog

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The sun Shone brightly on Grady is he descended from campsite 19 after a beautiful star-filled evening. The shimmering austerity of the Appalachians in winter is something to be bathed within. I’m guessing it got down into the lower twenties … Continued