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Beginners’ guide to hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 @ 8:30 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Beginners’ guide to hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

When you hear about people who have hiked the Appalachian Trail, it might conjure up the image of worn and weathered thru-hikers retiring after a long, arduous journey. Although it’s always an honor to meet one of these fearless, determined and dedicated long-distance hikers, you don’t necessarily have to take six months off work in order to enjoy hiking the AT. With some portions of the Appalachian Trail stretching only a couple of miles, even beginners could do it in an afternoon. After all, it’s right in your own backyard.

The southernmost trailhead of the Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Fannin County and stretches 78.6 miles through North Georgia. You’ll know that you’re at the trailhead when you see the famous bronze plaque embedded in a stone at the entrance to the trail. Along the entire length the AT, you will also notice white rectangular markers, or blazes, across trees and rocks to lead you along the path. If you look carefully, you might discover the Springer Mountain trail log located in a special vault along the trail. Feel free to add your name to the list of other AT hikers.

In the spring and summer, you’re likely to see stunning wildflowers, mountain laurel, thick rhododendron and vibrant greenery galore. In the autumn, prepare yourself for a rainbow of fall delight as the surrounding sugar maple, white oak, tulip poplar and yellow birch trees show off their true colors. No matter what time of year you plan on hiking, moss-covered boulders, gorgeous waterfalls and towering forest canopies abound throughout the primeval forests along this southern portion of the Appalachian Trail.

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Canada to complete world’s longest recreational trail

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 @ 11:45 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Cyclists in Canada will soon be able to pedal from Newfoundland on the Atlantic coast to Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean, without having to share a road with a single car. The Great Trail, as it’s known, is set to open in 2017 in time for Canada’s 150th birthday. Once complete, the trail will stretch 15,000 miles (24,000km) through each of the country’s 13 provinces and territories and touch three oceans, becoming the longest recreational trail in the world.

Besides biking, hiking and horseback riding, the path will be open in winter for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. And with a quarter of the trail on water, canoes, kayaks or other water craft can also be used.

Formerly called the Trans Canada Trail, the Great Trail is made up of newly designated pathways, along with some 400 community trails that have been linked together, such as the Galloping Goose in British Columbia and the Petit Témis in Quebec.

A large portion of the trail is located on defunct rail lines donated by Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway. No single entity owns the trail. Instead, it’s managed and maintained by trail and conservation groups, as well as local, regional and national government bodies, making it one of the largest volunteer projects in the country.

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So. What is Anish up to these days?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 @ 8:24 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Meet Heather “Anish” Anderson. It should be said right away that Anderson is not your typical backpacker. On Sept. 24, 2015, she set the self-supported speed record for hiking along the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia: 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Two years earlier, she set a record on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile path that runs between Mexico and Canada along some of the most unforgiving terrain in the western United States.

So what did Anderson do after adding the AT record to her PCT record?

Two days after flying home to Seattle, she set off on a four-day climbing trip in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Along the way, she scrambled up seven mountains, three of them above 9,000 feet in elevation.

That type of schedule would seem extreme to even the hardiest of Northwest trekkers. But for Anderson, being in the mountains as much as physically and mentally possible is life’s main objective. And, as it turns out, there isn’t much that’s impossible for her.

Anderson doesn’t just hike. She also runs 100-mile ultramarathons and is roughly two-thirds of the way through climbing Washington’s 100 highest mountains, known as the Bulger List. It’s not uncommon for her to hike more than 20 miles in a day — with a full pack and significant elevation gain.

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Trail Improvements Continue at Catawba Falls

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 @ 2:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Pisgah National Forest begins the next phase of construction on the Catawba Falls Trail on the Grandfather Ranger District on Monday, September 12, to improve the trail and crossing of Chestnut Branch with a new footbridge.

The Catawba Falls Trail is a popular hiking trail near Old Fort, NC. Chestnut Branch is the last creek crossing before visitor reach the lower falls.

Weekday visitors can expect delays and short closures for work on the trail and to accommodate construction equipment as well as delivery and placement of the new bridge. Visitors should stay on established trails and avoid the construction area. Weather pending, construction is not planned on weekends.

Work is expected to be completed by November 1, 2016. Please check the National Forests of North Carolina website for temporary closure notices.

This construction is part of a larger effort to provide safe access to Catawba Falls. A new footbridge was installed over the Catawba River in July in partnership with McDowell County, North Carolina State Parks, and a federal Recreational Trails Program grant.

The Forest Service and its partners are continuing progress towards making this area more accessible and safe for forest visitors though the route to the upper falls remains dangerous and the public is warned against attempting it. Every month, McDowell County Emergency Management responds to at least one critical rescue at the site from the public seeking access to the upper falls.

The best way to enjoy a waterfall is from a safe distance. Stay on established trails and be aware of the extreme danger posed by attempting a closer view of the waterfalls. Never climb on or jump off waterfalls. Don’t swim or dive in waterfall pools or wade in streams above waterfalls because of hazardous rocks and currents.

For more information contact the Grandfather Ranger District at 828-652-2144.

 

Man traces Lewis and Clark Trail by foot and kayak

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 @ 6:31 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Bruce “Buck” Nelson appreciates a good adventure. He’s hiked the Continental Divide, Pacific Crest and Appalachian trails. He’s canoed the length of the Mississippi River, hiked and hunted his way across Alaska and spent 70 days living off the land on Admiralty Island, home to 1,600 brown bears.

Since late March, the 58-year-old retired smoke jumper of Fairbanks, Alaska, has been retracing the steps and paddle strokes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition the hard way — under only his own power.

Here’s a quick recap: Nelson departed St. Louis March 24, walked to Yankton, South Dakota, and then started paddling against the current of the Missouri River. When the river’s push or the wind was too strong, he pulled his boat upriver while walking along cobbled banks. At places like Great Falls, Montana, he used a cart to portage his boat and gear around obstacles.

At Three Forks, Montana, where the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin rivers join forces to form the Missouri, he ditched the boat and started walking. He climbed Lemhi and Lost Trail passes, strolled the length of the Bitterroot Valley and hopped over the divide to the Lolo Motorway. Nelson emerged from the Bitterroot Mountains last week and walked from Weippe to Orofino, where he got back in his kayak.

Perhaps the first question is “why?” What is it about epic journeys that appeals to him?

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Decision to stop maintaining fire-damaged BWCA trail worries hikers

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 @ 4:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A hefty backpack slung from his shoulders, hiker Martin Kubik places a hand on a fallen tree blocking his path and groans. “I hate this,” he mutters as he lowers himself beneath the trunk, one knee scraping the ground, to pass under. It is a labored routine he repeats again a few hundred yards farther down the trail at the next fallen tree, and then again at the next one. And again.

Each obstacle on the Powwow Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness brings more protest from Kubik. “This is what they want,” he grunts, as he stands back up. “It will become so overgrown and then they will close it.”

The U.S. Forest Service will stop clearing the trail to allow the forest to recover from a devastating fire five years ago. A few years from now, or maybe 10, it will be easier to remove debris from the trail when the trees recover enough to block sunlight from the forest floor, said Forest Service spokeswoman Kris Reichenbach. She insists there are no plans to permanently close the path.

But the decision to stop maintaining the trail is unnerving to hikers like Kubik, a longtime Minnesota hiking advocate, author of trail guides and president of the hiking organization Friends of BWCA Trails. Kubik and a group of dedicated hikers worry that priorities will change, and fear they are seeing the end of a beloved Boundary Waters backpacking trail, one that was threatened with closure before.

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Aspen a base for changing attitude about altitude

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 @ 6:09 pm in Hiking News | 1 comment

Just sleeping at altitude will help you acclimate, as more time in the area will leave you better prepared, regardless of your fitness level. But the best way to make the most of your high-altitude adventure vacation is to plan excursions that progressively take you higher over the days of your trip.

“Progression makes the altitude less shocking on your body,” says Nate of Aspen Alpine Guides. And when you live near sea level, you need every advantage to get past huffing and puffing with every step – and appreciate the views that a higher position affords. Even if a 14er isn’t your goal.

Aspen is home to a handful of 14ers: Capitol Peak, Snowmass Peak, Maroon Peak, North Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, Castle Peak, Conundrum Peak, La Plata Peak, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive.

They all offer variety in terms of aesthetics and level of difficulty, so relative beginners to high-altitude hiking need not think one of these peaks is beyond their grasp.

Because of its proximity to hiking trails with a variety of terrain, Aspen is a good place not only to work up to altitude but also, for people who might be intimidated by higher altitude, to get over it.

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Watch your step! Tarantula love lures big spiders onto L.A. County hiking paths

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 @ 8:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Watch your step! Tarantula love lures big spiders onto L.A. County hiking paths

Watch where you’re stepping while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles this month. There may be an extra pair of legs (or four) on the path.

It’s the beginning of tarantula mating season, and the males are on the prowl.

According to the National Park Service, those big, furry arachnids that call the American Southwest home will be spending the better part of September and October weaving their webs of love just above ground, outside the female’s burrow.

Because females typically stay inside, if a hiker comes across a tarantula on a footpath, it’s probably a male on the lookout for a mate, experts say. Males have been known to search for up to four miles to find a female.

Though they have fangs and carry poison, tarantulas are not considered a serious threat to humans.

Regardless, park officials are urging hikers not to interrupt the spiders’ ritual. They move slowly so hikers can take pictures, but humans shouldn’t touch or otherwise harass the tarantulas.

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A 14-Mile Hike Through Four Towns With Few Hints Of Civilization

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 @ 9:33 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A 14-Mile Hike Through Four Towns With Few Hints Of Civilization

Connecticut’s newly opened Richard H. Goodwin Trail travels 14 miles from an old farm in East Haddam into Salem and Lyme to a lonely lake in East Lyme. During that distance, the path remains in field and forest with only a few hints of civilization. It crosses a road to civilization only four times. Four times. How is that even possible in the 21st century near the heavily developed shoreline?

The trail, which was officially opened in June, 2016, was the creation of the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee. The trail crosses land trust preserves, town-owned open spaces, state wildlife management areas and a property owned by Yale University. It was basically a matter of looking at a map, seeing all the open space and connecting them with a trail.

Sure, it’s great to hike several miles of trails within a 70-acre nature preserve. But there is beauty in connecting a preserve to town- and state-owned land and sprinkle in permission to cross private land and travel for miles and miles in one of the country’s most densely populated states. It’s what the Connecticut Forest and Park Association has been doing since 1929 with its 825-mile Blue-Blazed Trail network.

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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

“There are two rules when doing a gorilla trek. Keep a distance of at least 7 meters (about 23 feet) from the gorillas and don’t threaten them,” said one of the park guides.

We carefully and mentally noted the rules as we began our trek to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, in northwest Rwanda in the shadow of Mount Sabinyo, the largest of the extinct volcanoes that comprise the Virunga Mountains.

Our group of eight was assigned a relatively easy trail leading to one of the 10 gorilla families in the park. Because gorillas move and sleep in different locations each day, trackers preceded us to find the exact location of the gorillas. We were promised we would meet the family of gorillas named Kwitonda (meaning “humble one”), the largest family in the park.

We were introduced to our porters, one for each of us, who carried our backpacks. Having a porter provides employment for local residents and, at an elevation of 7,500 feet, needed assistance for those trekking. Sometimes the trek was more like bushwhacking as the porters had to clear vines, fallen tree limbs and an occasional tree trunk.

The greatest challenges were the ants and stinging nettles, a plant native to the area. To cope with the ants, we wore gaiters around the tops of our boots. To avoid the nettles, we wore gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

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Mount Mitchell: North Carolina’s first park growing, poised for future

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:56 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Mount Mitchell: North Carolina’s first park growing, poised for future

The Black Mountains’ Crest Trail scales the spine of the Black Mountains’ most prominent peaks in Yancey County – Mount Craig (6,645 feet), Big Tom Wilson (6,552 feet), Balsam Cone (6,611 feet), and Cattail Peak (6,583 feet), until now, the highest elevation, privately owned peak in the Eastern United States.

Thanks to recent events, the maps will change, with a piece of the jigsaw puzzle soon to be colored purple – indicating state-owned land for public enjoyment.

The Conservation Fund, a Raleigh-based land trust, has purchased 2,744 acres in the Black Mountains – 783 acres in the Laurel Branch Area and 1,961 acres in the Cattail Peak area, including Cattail Peak – adjoining Mount Mitchell State Park. The fund will convey the land to the state this year, timed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the N.C. State Park System and Mount Mitchell, the state’s first park.

The land acquisition will more than double the size of Mount Mitchell State Park, which was 1,996 acres. The land acquisition has greater, more far-reaching importance, said Mike Leonard, Conservation Fund board chairman.

“By doing this, we are going to the highest, privately owned peak in the Eastern United States and close that privately held gap between the U.S. Forest Service and state parks,” Leonard said.

“We also got the opportunity to acquire lands from Cattail Peak going down 3,500 feet in elevation to the Cane River itself. This will make the park boundary for the first time from the base of the mountain all the way to the top. That much elevation is really important for climate resiliency.”

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Hiking’s Evolution, and Future Discussed in Book’s 3rd Edition

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:39 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The breadth of Laura and Guy Waterman’s experience in the backcountry of the northeastern U.S. might lead readers of The Green Guide to Low-Impact Hiking and Camping — the third edition of the couple’s seminal 1979 work, Backwoods Ethics — to view it as authoritative.

Yet the new title is fitting, for the Watermans always intended the text to be just that, a guide, no matter how adamant their suggestions or convincing their convictions.

As iterated in a new, 12-page introduction by Laura Waterman — Guy famously died of suicide by exposure atop New Hampshire’s Mount Lafayette in 2000 — the work intends “not to provide answers as much as to provoke questions in the minds of all those who are concerned about the future of the backcountry environment.”

Following a forward by Vermont-based environmental scholar Bill McKibben, Waterman does address the technological changes that have altered hiking and camping practices since the second edition of Backwoods Ethics was released.

Camping gear — from boots and clothing to tents and freeze-dried food — is infinitely lighter and more efficient, while the advent of global positioning devices, via smartphone or otherwise, now carries the potential to dramatically alter the experiential landscape while immersed in the natural one.

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Belgian Man Claims PCT Record

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Belgian Man Claims PCT Record

Karel Sabbe, a 26-year-old dentist from Belgium, claims to have set a new record on the Pacific Crest Trail. His GPS track looks legitimate, and, if verified, his time of 52 days, 8 hours, and 25 minutes is the fastest known thru-hike of the 2,660-mile trail that crosses the United States from the Mexican border to Canada.

The old record was 53 days, 6 hours, and 37 minutes set by Joe McConaughy in 2014.

Sabbe announced his record in a press release. According to his GPS track, he finished the trail on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

“The plan to run the PCT came into my mind about a year and a half ago while hiking in New Zealand with my good friend Joren Biebuyck,” Sabbe said in the release. “The trail had always been on my bucket list, after a few visits of America’s West coast. Due to working obligations I would not have the time to hike the trail, but because I started running ultra distances the idea came to me to run the trail.”

Biebuyck followed along by motorcycle, providing support along the way.

McConaughy’s old record was also supported and verified by GPS tracking. There is no official record of PCT speed records, and the validity of attempts rests largely on the honor of those making the claims.

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Collaborative Project May Impact Weekday Hiking on Pacific Crest and Summit Lake Trails

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:39 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience (ACE), the Truckee Trail Foundation (TTF) and the Tahoe National Forest are working diligently to set the foundation for a major work day involving over 200 employees from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).

The project will reconstruct sections of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north of California Old Highway 40 past the rock climbing areas and the Summit Lake Trail, beginning at the junction with the PCT and proceeding north. These areas are currently below National Forest Service trail standards due to overuse and detrimental environmental conditions and require intensive maintenance.

While minor delays may impact recreationalists as they hike the trail Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. up to September 9th, 2016 major delays are expected on Tuesday, September 13th on these segments. Weekend use of the trails should not be affected but hikers are cautioned to move through the affected areas taking into consideration the current status of the construction.

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Construction starting on Mountains-to-Sea Trail bridge in Price Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 @ 11:29 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Construction starting on Mountains-to-Sea Trail bridge in Price Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 construction began on a new 80-foot pedestrian bridge for North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail near Boone and Blowing Rock. The bridge, in the popular Price Lake Picnic Area along the Blue Ridge Parkway, will allow hikers to avoid a knee-deep wade across Boone Fork as they walk from the Boone Fork Trail over to Shulls Mill Road, where the MST continues up Rich Mountain into Moses Cone Park.

On Wednesday, a helicopter carried bridge components and tools from a staging area in the picnic area’s parking lot to the bridge site approximately 1.2 miles away along the Boone Fork Trail. The project is anticipated to take four to six weeks to complete. While construction is underway, MST hikers will need to detour around the work site – down to the picnic area and north on the Parkway to Old John’s River Road, then back up to the MST.

The project is being managed by Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (Friends), a 501(c )(3) whose purpose is the promotion, construction and maintenance of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, North Carolina’s premier hiking trail. The MST stretches 1,150 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. Approximately 220 miles of the trail are along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This project is one of three large bridges being built along the trail route in 2016.

Financing for the project is provided by a grant from the Recreational Trails Program, administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. In 2016, the Division is celebrating the 100th anniversary of North Carolina state parks. Dedicated portions of the MST are designated as a linear North Carolina State Park, a unit of NC State Parks.

Further financing is provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (BRPF) through a grant by the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation. BRPF is a 501(c )(3) which works to ensure cultural and historical preservation, natural resource protection and educational outreach along the 469-mile route. This funding is a part of the Foundation’s major investment celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

 

Mega Work Day Planned for Pisgah Ranger District

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 @ 7:52 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Mega Work Day Planned for Pisgah Ranger District

The Pisgah Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, and a host of supporting organizations have announced a broad based volunteer work day in the Pisgah Ranger District called “Pisgah Pride Day 2016,” which is being planned in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, September 24, 2016. Work crews will convene at different locations on Saturday, September 24, and will perform trail work, surveying and removing invasive species, trash removal, brush trimming, river habitat projects, and more. Afterwards, volunteers will gather at Oskar Blues in Brevard to celebrate the results, with a percentage of beverage proceeds going to The Pisgah Conservancy.

John Cottingham, Executive Director of The Pisgah Conservancy, stated “We are getting a great reaction from virtually everyone we talk to about this initial Pisgah Pride Day. We’ll have groups from the Carolina Mountain Club, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Horsemen, Pisgah Area SORBA, MountainTrue, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Muddy Sneakers and many others working in the forest to show our common pride in this wonderful natural resource. We’ll be doing everything from trail work to picking up trash, to polishing signs.”

Lorie Stroup, interim Ranger for the Pisgah Ranger District, is excited by the prospect of this first-time event. “For everyone who loves Pisgah this is a great opportunity to get out and show that love. Plus, it should be fun – we’re hoping for a great turnout and lots of great results.”

Volunteers do not need to be a member of any of the sponsoring organizations to participate, but must be signed up to work on Forest Service property. To sign up, go to Pisgah Pride Day 2016.

Pisgah Pride will also include a “Pink Beds BioBlitz” at the Cradle of Forestry that starts on Friday evening, September 23 and will continue on September 24. A BioBlitz is an event dedicated toward applying citizen science in order to identify as many species of flora and fauna as possible in a designated amount of time in a defined area. The Pink Beds BioBlitz will include surveys, nature walks focusing on botany, entomology, ecology, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mushrooms, and more. Devin Gentry of the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association said “We are excited to have our first BioBlitz in the historic Pink Beds valley on this 100th anniversary of Pisgah National Forest. This will be a chance for the armchair naturalist and local school children to get out in the field and participate in important, hands-on service projects.” For specific information on the BioBlitz you can visit Pink Beds BioBlitz 2016.

 

LATCH: Live and Relive the Appalachian Trail

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 @ 12:16 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

LATCH: Live and Relive the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has announced the Kickstarter campaign for the Latch app.

For the past year and a half, the ATC have been working with design studio P’unk Ave to come up with a way to let people share their memories from the Appalachian Trail and connect with what’s happening on the Trail.

Born from a shared passion for the Trail and based on extensive research of the Trail and hikers, Latch is the solution arrived at. Latch is a tool for capturing the aura and majesty of the Appalachian Trail through the lens of those experiencing the Trail and for those who long to be on it.

The app allows users to capture and share these moments while still being in them – whether on the Trail, or looking back at the images, videos, sounds, and thoughts of a previous excursion, months or years later.

It even allows trekkers to put their phone on “Backpacker mode” — similar to airplane mode. In it, users will only be able to capture what they see and hear but not get lost in their mobile devices. This allows the user to be at one with nature, while still capturing those magical moments.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy needs your help with funding for Latch to become a reality. Please take a look at the campaign and consider backing the project, and share with any friends and contacts you think may be interested.

 

Introduction to Hiking the Cumberland Plateau program set Aug. 27, 2016

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 @ 7:48 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be presenting a ranger talk about several popular and easy hiking trails in and around the Cumberland Plateau. This informative program is being held at the Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. at 11 a.m. (Central Time).

With the fall season fast approaching bringing cooler weather and the change of colors, this indoor presentation is designed to acquaint visitors to many of the beautiful local hiking locations on the Cumberland Plateau. This program is a great opportunity for those who want to get out and experience the outdoors but don’t know where to start, as well as those who can’t get out but would still enjoy experiencing a virtual tour of these scenic nature trails.

The program is free of charge and accessible. Everyone is welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For directions or additional information, please call the Crossville Visitor Center at (931) 787-1755 or Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.

The Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork, is located at 176 River Otter Dr. in Crossville, TN. It is located just north of I-40 off Genesis Road ( across from Stone Memorial High School).

 

Trekking In Transylvania, Romania

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 @ 4:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Carpathian Mountains run in a great arc across Romania, rising to over 2500 meters in Transylvania and include some of the wildest mountain walking in Europe.

A walk in the Piatra Craiului National Park, also in The Carpathians, is a more gentle, rural experience. It’s here that Jude Law and Nicole Kidman filmed Cold Mountain, the park doubling up for Virginia and North Carolina. If anywhere warrants the term “bucolic” then this was it.

Scythes, as opposed to machinery, are often used to cut the hay and therefore wildflowers are able to grow in abundance. The multi-colored meadows and pyramid-like haystacks, unique to Romania, all add to the pastoral scene.

One reason for hiking in Romania is the opportunity to hike from hut to hut as opposed to camping. Another is that Romania is very cheap compared to western Europe. Go to Romania to see an unspoiled part of Europe and to challenge yourself with some serious trekking.

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