Fall is the perfect season to get outdoors and see the beauty of the Smokies.Read More
Summertime is the perfect time to hike to waterfalls in the Smokies. Nothing beats a brisk morning hike in the Smokies combined with a dip at a waterfall to finish it off.
We have compiled a list of the top 3 waterfall day hikes in Smoky Mountain National Park. All of the waterfalls listed are waterfalls you can visit on a day hike.Read More
This is the first in a series of blog posts dedicated to cooking on the trail. I’ll title it,
Backpacking 101: How to make backpacking meals.Read More
The Great Smoky Mountains are my stomping grounds; they offer some of the greatest natural vistas in the world and they’re where I run my range of hiking trips. Check out my Great Smoky Mountain hiking trips if you’d like to learn more about each trip. However, if you’d like to learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains themselves, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! This short FAQ will try to answer many of the most frequently asked questions about the Great Smoky Mountains — so keep reading if you’re interested in the area or if you’re planning to visit in the future.Read More
Backpacking in the Smokies will eat your lunch if you are underprepared but if you follow this workout plan you will be bounding over mountaintops and ridgelines in no time.
“The Power of 8’s” consists of 11 different exercises that are meant to be done in order.
The program consists of two circuits running back to back. Basically, you repeat the exercises for 2 rounds.Read More
I awoke next to my brother under a semi trailer after a long night of wind and rain. It was the truck backing into the trailer and reconnecting that caused me to start, half stumbling and drowsy with hunger from missing meals for 2 days. Straightening out my matted hair as I gathered my few belongings I smiled.Read More
Recently, I was able to go on a personal backpacking trip into the Smoky Mountains, something that I don’t usually get to do. Most of my trips out these days center around business concerns in regards to achieving specific objectives for The American Wild Trekking Company. I was able to return to the wilderness with my twin brother Nick, who I haven’t backpacked with in 6 years. The last time I went on an overnight trip into the backcountry with him was into the Pyrenees Range in France in 2012.Read More
We had been a month in the wilderness when my brother and I were cresting an off trail ridge line in the high Pyrenees. Using compass/map directions and elevation readings alone, we were transferring from the the GR 10 in France over the border to the GR 11 in Spain. Pic du Midi d’Ossau to our backs and the Spanish border to our front. We had successfully covered 200 miles of trail since leaving the French Coast at Hendaye. It took a grueling three hours to reach the col. While gazing upon the distance we had covered in France I began to reminisce about the life path that had led me to that windy pass.Read More