Tag Archives: Great Smoky Mountains national park

GSMNP AT Hike

So last Thursday am, Gizmo Joe and I began our GSMNP AT hike from the parking area just above the Fontana Dam Shelter around 5:20 am. We stayed at a hotel in Robbinsville, NC the night before and got approximately … Continue reading

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Food

As can be told by my last few post, I am preparing to head out on a “milestone” hike with my good buddy Gizmo Joe. By “milestone” I mean, this will be our first “SUL” hike that we each do, … Continue reading

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My Super UltraLight Gear List

“SUL” Backpacking? “SUL” stands for Super UltraLight weight backpacking. “SUL” is defined as a “BPW” (Base Pack Weight) less than 5 lbs. “BPW” is defined as everything in a backpack that is not consumed. …So… “SUL” means everything in your … Continue reading

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GoLite Poncho Tarp

Two of my favorite places to hike are along the Appalachian Trail (AT), and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). The thing is, both of these places are literally lined with “shelters” (3 sided buildings, with a roof … Continue reading

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Overnight on Mt LeConte

This past Saturday (5.19.12) Gizmo Joe, Troy, (my son) Matthew/Twig, (my nephew) Brandon/Tree and myself all headed up to Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for an overnight getaway! And no, we did not spend the night at the … Continue reading

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Making Plans…

So, I am currently planning / preparing for a trip my son and I will be going on with a group from a few different backpacking forums as well as meet up groups. We are heading into the Talladega National … Continue reading

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