Along the southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau in TN lies an area known as South Cumberland Recreational Area. The SCRA encompasses Savage Gulf and the Fiery Gizzard Natural Area, gotta love the names of these lands. I’ve hiked both areas several times and always in late fall for the spectacular fall foliage color. Last fall I began wondering what Savage Gulf would look like if stripped of all the leaves…I knew a springtime trip was in order. Continue reading
This weekend I’m leading a three-day backpacking trip, a first for me. Until now I’ve only planned b-packing trips for myself, never for a group and I’ve never officially lead a group. And it’s going to rain, pour, possibly a gully washer, severe at times.
Gear list: umbrella-check, coloring book-check, rain jacket-check, crayons-check, rain skirt-check, water wings-check, snorkel-check, flippers-check…good to go.
Do you want to attend an ultralight backpacking gear demo? Need help planning a thru-hike? Are you looking for a hiking group to join or a cool backpacking trip to go on? If so, check out Gossamer Gear’s New Event Calendar which lists talks, trips, and gear demos held by Gossamer Gear’s staff and Trail Ambassadors throughout the United States and internationally.
I started at the Unicoi Gap trailhead hiking north on the AT to Tray Mountain. The day was sunny under a bluebird sky and mild temperatures. I wanted to hike slow and stretch the afternoon as long as I could before reaching where I would camp. Continue reading
If you enjoy winter backpacking/hiking/camping then you know how good a hot meal makes you feel at the end of the day. Hot food and drinks not only warms my sprits but it adds warmth and fuel to my body on a cold day or night.
A pot cozy is one of my winter essentials, the cozy keeps my heated water hot and if I eat from my pot it’s easier to hold the hot pot, best of all my meals stay hot to the last bite. Cozies save fuel, ultra-light, easy to make, materials are cheap and easy to get and they simply work.