Backcountry Skiing In The Smokies

Backcountry Skiing in the Smokies

  • January 29, 2016

If the prolonged power outage is rarer in western North Carolina than it used to be, perhaps it's because in the last decade the winters have been bringing us less snow. But last weekend we had a nearly perfect storm—for…

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Riding Out The Storm

Riding Out the Storm

  • January 22, 2016

Long power outages aren’t as common as they used to be in the Smokies, but when they happen, we’re ready. Here in rural western North Carolina just four or five inches of heavy wet snow can be enough to cause the lights to…

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Happy Rainy New Year

Happy Rainy New Year

  • December 30, 2015

In this very wet ending to 2015, we went in search of the silver lining in all the rain we've had: rushing, gushing waterfalls. Our hike took us to Snowbird Creek in Graham County, NC,  where we chose a shorter version of…

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How To Cross A Creek

How to Cross a Creek

  • December 15, 2015

There's more than one way to cross a creek. We're talking about  a "wet crossing" here—one without a bridge, a log, or stepping stones to rock-hop over. Regardless of the stream depth, it always means getting your feet immersed in the…

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The View From A Pluton: Vermont’s Mount Ascutney

The View from a Pluton: Vermont’s Mount Ascutney

  • November 30, 2015

At about 3,130 feet, Mount Ascutney is not the highest mountain in Vermont or even in Windsor County, but it does stand out as a prominent landmark,  a solitary pluton sitting outside the Appalachian chain—a monadnock, in fact. What's a monadnock? What's a pluton?…

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The Southeast’s Newest Mountain Biking Guidebook

The Southeast’s Newest Mountain Biking Guidebook

  • November 11, 2015

  Nearly 25 years after the publication of his first mountain bike trail guidebooks, Jim Parham is replacing them—with the most comprehensive and current off-road cycling guides yet for the Southeast. Here's a quick preview of his latest project, due…

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A Motorcyclist’s Code Of The Road

A Motorcyclist’s Code of the Road

  • October 6, 2015

Autumn is upon us, and it  can be the absolutely best season for motorcycle touring: cool weather, clear skies, breathtaking fall foliage. With that in mind, we're sharing some tips from Hawk Hagebak, author of our Motorcycle Adventures guidebook series, taken from his…

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A Walk In The Woods: Making It Your Own

A Walk In the Woods: Making It Your Own

  • September 21, 2015

The Bill Bryson book is a best-seller, and the Robert Redford film is out. Want to have your own walk in the woods? Several Milestone Press guidebooks include hikes along the Appalachian Trail; they're a great source for the best day hikes…

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Hiking With Grandchildren In Western North Carolina

Hiking with Grandchildren in Western North Carolina

  • September 11, 2015

by Danny Bernstein What does it take to get grandchildren on the trail? Where's the best place to go and what's the best way to approach a hike with children of different ages? The Carl Sandburg Home ( National Historic Site…

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