Episode 28: The Benton MacKaye Trail

In Episode 28, Sprinkles and NoKey tell us about their ultimate thru-hiking summer - walking 1400 miles on four major trails on the East Coast - including the Benton MacKaye, Finger Lakes, Northville-Placid and Long Trails. Forewarning, we spend the majority of the podcast discussing their 20 day, ~290 mile hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail - a great alternative to the Appalachian Trail in the South - but there's lots of great tips on backpacking and thru-hiking in general. So listen in - and when the mobs of thru-hikers hit the Trail next year after the movies Wild and Walk In The Woods motivate the masses... you now have some great alternatives to the A.T. and P.C.T.! Subject: The Benton MacKaye Trail Interviewees:  Jen … [Read more...]

Spring Hiking On The Benton MacKaye …

After a unseasonably cool winter, the weather finally broke and we decided to take the kids out for an overnight hike.    We did this one on a Friday night to avoid conflicts with spring sports and with spring break.  Here we are at the parking area at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail. The dog is more excited than anyone and is hauling his own food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  All in - the dog's pack weighs about 8 lbs - nearly the same weight as my empty (and aging) Dana Design backpack! Here we are climbing to Long Creek Falls along the A.T. and headed northbound.  The trail is nice and wide in this area and it is a pleasant walk to the waterfall and junction with the Benton MacKaye Trail. There is … [Read more...]

Spring Has Sprung, Time For A Hike On The Benton MacKaye …

After a unseasonably cool winter, the weather finally broke and we decided to take the kids out for an overnight hike.    We did this one on a Friday night to aviod conflicts with spring sports and with spring break.  Here we are at the parking area at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail.The dog is more excited than anyone and is hauling his own food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  All in - the dog's pack weighs about 8 lbs - nearly the same weight as my empty (and aging) Dana Design backpack!  Here we are climbing to Long Creek Falls along the A.T. and headed northbound.  The trail is nice and wide in this area and it is a pleasant walk to the waterfall and junction with the … [Read more...]

Toccoa River Trip Photos – July 14, 2012

Here's some photos from our trip down the Toccoa River last weekend.  The rains were heavy all week and gave us just enough flow to pull this trip off. This is the put-in at Deep Hole Campground near Suches, GA.  It was only $3 to park here overnight. Aw crap - lost the drain plug to my boat.  Here's the duck tape job to keep the water out.  Phillip, Rob and I all got pinned against a tree and since I was the last in line - the river took me out first.  It also claimed my drain plug and fishing pole. Here it is .. the famed Benton MacKaye Trail suspension bridge over the Toccoa River. The boys scout the rapids below before we kayak under it. First up for the big rapid is Pratt. Here he is below the Benton MacKaye Trail … [Read more...]