My Special Season-Bears in Winter

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in My Special Season | No Comments

This new post will focus on what makes the Smoky Mountains special in a given season, this one is about bears in the Park and the surrounding areas during winter. One misunderstood fact regarding hibernators in the Southern Appalachians is the black bear and it’s hibernating habits. Whereas critters like chipmunks (true hibernators) almost always […]

Weekend Gem: Porter+Old Settlers Loop

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in TN, Trail Reports, Weekend Gem | No Comments

This 46 mile loop has a bit of everything that makes wilderness travel great, some good route finding, open views of the mountains, deep forests and even some old human structures thrown in for good measure. Start out by crossing the bridge that leads to the Ramsey’s Cascades TH and park your rig at the […]

Gear Closet: Trail Designs Ti-Tri Fissure

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Gear Closet | No Comments

This great stove from Trail Designs is truly a joy to use. Finding a unique blend of space savings, weight and functionality that hits the nail right on the head. Looking at this stove, it is clear to see how far this ultralight company have pushed the envelope past the mainstream gear companies. Not only […]