A.T. Time-Damascus to Atkins

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It was that time of year when Frank and I embark where I left off, good old downtown Damascus, Virginia. Notice the elevation we were facing on this leg. We overnighted at the Dancing Bear Lodge and left early the … Continued

Little bottoms, and the Obed

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That’s legendary triple crowner Bert Emerson there. I was joined by him and Richard for a quick hit overnight on Friday. We left Maryville and headed in for our most used spot. At 71 years of age this guy has … Continued

On the Holston

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Myers organized this outing. He has a group of friends that were in grammar school together. And all these guys are still reuniting annually. Pretty impressive giving their advanced ages. One of them, Joe owns land on the Holston River. … Continued

Broad Peak Brian

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Old Brian Moran learned quickly that people here in Knoxville know him as Broad Peak Brian.( I just call him Bugsy.) And most everyone who knows me knows why. But for those of you who don’t, here is a brief … Continued

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