The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip – Part Two (Coming Soon)

Had a chance to record a podcast with Mackie recently for "The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip - Part Two".  It's in the editing room right now and should be ready for release by the end of this week. In the meantime, check out "The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip - Part One" if you haven't already.  It will get you primed for Part Two and recaps a cross-country hiking/backpacking trip I did with Snyder (aka The Ox) two years after my 1996 trip with Mackie (who is shown above at our interview in Richmond, VA). … [Read more...]

U.S. Forest Service Discourages Backcountry Camping In Panthertown Valley

In the last five years, I've noticed a lot more backcountry visitors to Panthertown Valley during my day and overnight hikes in the area.  It seems the bears have followed.  The US Forest Service in North Carolina issed this alert on October 29th:   JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. — The U.S. Forest Service is discouraging people from backcountry camping and from bringing food into the Panthertown Valley area of the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, following several bear encounters. The area is northeast of Cashiers, N.C. If the visitors choose to camp in the Panthertown area, they should camp in areas that are used infrequently. Three separate incidences of bear encounters occurred recently that involved damaged … [Read more...]