Smokies

My Scariest Moment on the Appalachian Trail

My Scariest Moment on the Appalachian Trail

Always check the weather before you camp on an exposed summit at 5,000 feet... Everyone always asks me if I ever felt afraid as a solo female doing a flip-flop through-hike...

Apr 25, 2017 : Janel Healy
Fontana Village Watching Game One of the Series

Fontana Village Watching Game One of the Series

Real Life Drama So back at the Boots Off Hostel, I found out one of the credit cards I'm using on this trip was compromised.  Evidently someone was buying electronics...

Oct 25, 2016 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Smokies Secrets: Revealed!

Smokies Secrets: Revealed!

Some life experiences contain in them so much superlative that it’s hard to convey to others what they were like. We resort to hyperbole, or we simply shake our heads...

May 15, 2016 : Notebook
The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 2: Let It Snow)

The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 2: Let It Snow)

Since I've been so terrible about updating this blog, here's one massive update (in multiple parts) to let you know what I've been up to for the past 550 miles....

Apr 22, 2016 : Zoë Symon
Weeks 2-3 : Hiawassee to Gatlinburg

Weeks 2-3 : Hiawassee to Gatlinburg

Let's get real for a minute here; hiking is hard! I have an ongoing bargaining conversation with my feet that goes something like this: Me: Ok, come on guys, we're...

Mar 16, 2016 : Victoria Ketteringham
Trail Update: Holy Smokes!

Trail Update: Holy Smokes!

Day 16- entered the Smokies Russell Field Shelter Miles: 13.9/mm: 179.8 Mood: 2 smileys Day of Eric's trail name, Rico suave Day 17 Derick Knob Shelter Miles: 9.2/mm: 189 Mood:...

May 3, 2015 : Laurel and Eric
Coco and Magnus — Days 21 through 28 — The Smokies, Mountaintops, and Moonshine

Coco and Magnus — Days 21 through 28 — The Smokies, Mountaintops, and Moonshine

I wrote a superb, top notch post of Magnus's and my fourth week on the AT, but the internet ate it. I was very sad. I will attempt to write...

Apr 13, 2015 : Courtney
The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains

Day 22The trees were spitting at us like camels spit at zoo patrons, annoyed, and urging us to move on and leave them be. The thorn bushes wrapped around our...

Mar 23, 2015 : Sharon
One Month In

One Month In

Hello! Things are still going well out here! I'm currently in Erwin TN, about 340 miles into the trail. Since I last posted I hiked through the Smokies,  experienced the wonders...

Apr 23, 2014 : Ellie B.