The Early Bird Bags the Peak

  • August 17, 2017

I admire people who get up early. In my opinion, they get to experience the best part of the day and can accomplish more by sun-up than other folks do by sun-down. I don’t always get up early, but when…

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Taking a Hike for a Good Cause

  • July 31, 2017

When I decided to hike to the top of Mount Crested Butte, I didn't expect to end up in the local paper. Sometimes you can do a lot more than just hike when you climb a mountain. My recent visit…

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Walking Into History on the Road to Nowhere

  • June 30, 2017

The North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often called its quiet side. Perhaps most well known is Bryson City's Deep Creek Campground and trailhead, but did you know there are two entrances to the Park at Bryson…

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Rhododendron Maximum: Giant of the Heath Family

  • June 15, 2017

Once spring arrives in the Blue Ridge, it’s a non-stop parade of wildflowers blooming nearly everywhere. On show beginning in mid-June: rhododendron maximum or rosebay rhododendron. This is the tallest and showiest of the three rhododendron species native to our…

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Leaving No Trace

  • May 31, 2017

As we move into prime hiking season, it's important to remember human impact on the environment and how it can be minimized, whether you're on an extended backpacking trip or a simple day hike. These seven principles provide guidelines for…

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Waterfalls: What Defines Them?

  • May 15, 2017

We’ve had a lot of requests for Jim Parham’s Waterfall Hikes of North Georgia this week. All the rain this spring has made for spectacular waterfalls in the region. That got us thinking: What defines a waterfall? To answer that question, here’s an…

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The “Precious”

  • April 27, 2017

Jim Parham has been out on the trail this spring, doing field work for a backpacking overnight guidebook to north Georgia. Along the way, he's had time to ruminate on an essential piece of adventure gear—one that might surprise you. Every…

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