Tag Archives: GSMNP

March 2017 GSMNP Day Hike: Trillium Gap Trail to Mt LeConte to Rainbow Falls Trail to Old Sugarland Trail

My son and I, along with a few others, were invited on a day hike with my buddy Benny Braden (aka: Plug-It In) last weekend (March 18th, 2017). Now as some may have seen in many of my previous trip … Continue reading

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January 2017 GSMNP Loop Hike

Thursday, after I got off of work and my son got out of school, we loaded our gear into my car and headed to my buddy Benny’s (Plug it In) house. We stayed the night with him at his home, … Continue reading

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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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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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March GSMNP Hike

So last Thursday we loaded the Xterra down with our packs (packed) and headed off to Robinsville, NC. We had reservations for a night at the Microtel Inn and then the next morning we were off to Fontana Dam to … Continue reading

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