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You dream it for years, you plan it for months, then abruptly the time comes to undertake your goal and suddenly you don’t know how to feel.Read More >
They say that memory starts to fade with age, and at the ripe ol’ age of 25 I am starting to feel the effects.Read More >
How can I tell if a snake is venemous? The most common venomous snakes in the U.S. are pit vipers, which include rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths. They vary in color but are usually thick-bodied with a large, triangular head and vertical pupils. Their distinguishing feature is the heat-sensitive pit between the nostril and eye, which…Read More >
The Secret Cabin Tyler Currie, Thurmont, Md. Two summers ago, on a whim, I stepped off a familiar foot trail and climbed up an embankment deep in the forest. At the top I found a decrepit little shack among the trees. It was a minor miracle that I had never before stumbled across this sorry…Read More >
Gear Guide Home : Boots : Back Packs : Tents : Bags : Pads : Apparel : Accessories BOOTS GEAR CHALLENGE VS. Montrail Torre vs. Asolo Flame GTX Avid hiker Jason Collier never thought he would let go of his Montrail Torres. For the past five years the classic rugged boot has been his favorite…Read More >
A plunge into a swimming hole should be a part of everyone’s summer. Relish the complete sense of surrender as your feet leave the rock, your body meets gravity, and everything goes silent as you fall toward the pool of water beneath you. The world disappears, and all you can see, all you can think of, is the calm depths beneath your feet.Read More >
The mountains in Upstate South Carolina are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Blue Ridge – they don’t get no respect. Perhaps it’s because they’re so much lower than in North Carolina. Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina, is only 3,554 feet high compared with Mt. Mitchell’s 6,684 feet. However, the gorgeous views, amazing rock outcropping and outstanding waterfalls makes these mountains a great place to explore almost anytime except the height of the summer.Read More >