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Backcountry Campfires: To Burn or Not To Burn?

Long gone are the days of Horace Kephart, when an open campfire was necessary to cook a meal in the backcountry. Modern backpacking meals now typically consist of freeze-dried food purchased at an outfitters store or—for the more experienced, frugal,…

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Hiking the MST From Soco Gap to Waterrock Knob

With this year's warm, late, wet autumn, fall colors are just reaching their peak in western North Carolina, even at higher elevations. We've had a lot of rain, but last Saturday was cold and clear--the perfect time, we thought, to…

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