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Made for the Mountains: Bagging Sam’s Knob summit

I wanted to hike Sam's Knob (elevation 6,045 feet) for the past six months. I read about it as I was learning more about nearby Tennent Mountain, which we hiked over Memorial Day weekend. But during the colder months, every time I tried, the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed. Finally, I realized that I was [...]

By |2019-07-10T20:36:49-07:00July 10th, 2019|Memories, North Carolina, The Company of Friends|Comments Off on Made for the Mountains: Bagging Sam’s Knob summit

Let’s Hike Tennent Mountain!

This past weekend we all pitched in and helped to get the Balsam house open and ready to be "base camp" for our hike to Tennent Mountain; and, hopefully, Max Patch. For a while rain was coming down pretty hard but that did not dampen our spirits. I love screen doors! I once added a [...]

Testing the Hike

This past Saturday we hiked to Pickens Nose in North Carolina. The hike departs from the trailhead along the gravel-paved Forestry Road 83 (view maps and driving directions), southeast of where the Appalachian Trail crosses FR83 at Mooney Gap. The trail wanders southbound, climbing up through a hardwood forest filled with gnarly-branched rhododendron and mountain [...]

Seriously, Mt. Mitchell

Behind me is where Elisha Mitchell is buried. He dedicated his life to this mountain; and sadly, he died while trying to cross a waterfall near the mountain. He is also the person, who bushwhacked the Old Mt. Mitchell trail. Mt. Mitchell is one of those places that stands apart from the ordinary. It's dramatic [...]

Peak Bagging – Black Balsam Bald

Earlier in the summer, I almost hiked Black Balsam Bald, but stopped before I reached the summit because I had not hiked that far in well over a year! For almost eight months, I dealt with Chemo treatments, and I walked very little. Once I healed from the initial surgery, we would all pile into [...]

By |2018-09-18T20:52:42-07:00September 18th, 2018|Memories, North Carolina, The Company of Friends|0 Comments