Squeaky finishes his Triple Crown trek

December 30, 2005

A video has been posted showing Squeaky arriving at Springer Mountain, completing his Calendar Year Triple Crown hike.

(Tip from Weathercarrot, posted in AT-L.)

This might work

December 29, 2005

I’m checking out the blog editing tool Performancing. It’s a Firefox plugin.

It adds a little convenience to blogging because the editor is always just one click away in your Firefox browser.

I don’t know if it will fit my pattern of posting, but I like the idea better than Flock, which requires use of a different, albeit similar, browser.

Awesome views

December 26, 2005

I’m a little slow to see the mention in AmericasRoof.com about MasterViews. The site contains some remarkable views from several mountaintops, with the peaks within each view identified.

Here’s the north view from Clingman’s Dome.

Unique site

December 26, 2005

Michael Silence found an interesting niche site: Northeast Tennessee Waterfalls.

This is weird

December 25, 2005

On the same day Robert Butler’s Trailcast has an interview with Mat “Sqeaky” Hazley, a member of the email subscription group AT-L asked,

“Does anyone know Squeaky’s progress? He’s the British Calendar Year Triple Crown attempter.”

What’s weird about this is I think I saw Squeaky on my hike to Mt. Kephart.

I’ll check this out and report back in my upcoming trip report.

Trailcast is back

December 25, 2005

Robert Butler’s podcast called Trailcast is back after a long hiatus.

I failed to notice that he posted a new interview a couple weeks ago because, for unknown reasons, that post didn’t show up on my iTunes.

At any rate, a new interview was posted today. Robert interviewed Mat “Squeaky” Hazley, who is trying to beat “Flyin’ Brian” Robinson‘s record for a Calendar Year Triple Crown. That is, he’s trying to hike the Appalachian Trail, the Pacfic Coast Trail and the Continental Divide Trail in 2005.

I’m loading it onto my iPod right away.

Lightweight favorites

December 25, 2005

Staff members of Backpacking Light magazine and Backpackinglight.com have published their favorite gear from the 2005 hiking and backpacking season.

Unlike most pages on the site, this one doesn’t require a paid registration.

Curiously, I found Ryan Jordan’s praise for a McHale Summit pack interesting, considering I couldn’t find that pack on the McHale Web site.

Then again, maybe the problem is the McHale site. Dan McHale has a well-deserved reputation for making some of the best packs around, but his Web site needs a makeover.

I Kep♥ the Smokies

December 25, 2005

Yesterday was a good day all way around. I took the day off from work and went hiking.

And the weather was terrific.

I was able to knock off another peak from the South Beyond 6000 list with little effort. I hiked to Mt. Kephart in the Smokies, taking an easy route that’s mostly on the AT.

The only difficulty I encountered was knee-high snow on the short access trail. I had been the only person to hike that section in several days, it appears.

Well, actually I found tracks of a small critter on the trail, but they were of little help to me.

The rest of the route was well trod, as I expected it would be.

I’ll have a complete trip report with photos soon.

Oh, by the way, if your browser or RSS reader doesn’t display special characters, you may be wondering what’s up with the headline, “I Kep♥ the Smokies.” Some browsers recognize $hearts; as special characters and render them as a heart symbol.

Deja vu

December 22, 2005

When I was planning my first South Beyond 6000 hike to Mt. LeConte, I learned there was about nine inches of snow at higher elevations.

Now as I plan my second trip I’ve just learned there is about 16 inches of snow there now.

I talked to my friend, Bill, who today tried to take the same Bullhead/Rainbow Falls trip to LeConte that I did. He and his hiking partner ended up turning back at the junction of those two trails, rather than continuing to the top.

He said it was difficult going the last few hundred feet up.

But Bill also said the weather was beautiful with crystal clear skies.

I think I’ll give a try tomorrow anyway. I want to hike to Mt. Kephart.

The route is on the Appalachian Trail, which means the path will likely be more clear than most trails. The trail is also on the south side of the mountain, so there should be more exposure to sun.

The worst thing that can happen is I have to look for another hike to do.

In need of a better publicist

December 19, 2005

According to an article just posted at knoxnews.com, there’s a healthy but small population of black bears in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

This is rare news. The bears in the Smokies usually get all the publicity.


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