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Backcountry Campfires: To Burn or Not To Burn?

  • November 21, 2018

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

  • November 7, 2018

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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The Allure of Waterfalls

  • October 24, 2018

Here in the southern Blue Ridge it's been a warm, late autumn. If you haven't visited to tour the fall colors, you still have time. There may have been some in the upper elevations early on, but lower down the…

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Don’t Miss the Wildflowers of Fall

  • September 30, 2018

When we think of fall, we tend to think colored leaves more than bright blooms. Now that October is upon us, we can certainly look forward to the show of blazing foliage here in the mountains. But don't forget the…

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Make Way for Bear Canisters

  • September 10, 2018

For years now, backpackers on the west coast have been using bear-resistant canisters for food storage while camping in the backcountry. Most of the national parks there (Yosemite, Sequoyah, Kings Canyon, Olympic) and many of the national forests require their…

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Celebrating the Appalachian Trail at 81

  • August 21, 2018

This month, the Appalachian Trail turned 81 years old. It was completed on August 14, 1937. According to the Appalachian Trail Conference, "the trail was first conceived in 1921 and built by private citizens. A 2,180-mile long footpath that stretches…

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How to Choose An Overnight Hike

  • August 15, 2018

September is just around the corner and cooler weather is on the way.  Jim Parham's forthcoming Backpacking Overnights guidebook, which covers the mountains of north Georgia and east Tennessee, has us thinking about multi-day hiking trips. Here's his advice for…

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For Urban Birding, Head to Atlanta

  • June 29, 2018

Where might you go in Atlanta to find a cedar waxwing? What about an indigo bunting, a tufted titmouse, or an osprey? If you’re not an amateur ornithologist, you might not even recognize these exotic-sounding names. But if you’re a…

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Will You Visit Lake Fontana This Summer?

  • June 15, 2018

It’s here—the summer solstice is upon us. And during these warm days we count ourselves particularly fortunate that our offices are located so close to Fontana Lake. At closing time it’s not uncommon for us to jump in the car…

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