Max Patch in NC
There’s nothing better than a backpacking trip in the
woods at the peak of leaf change. The air is crisp, the colors of the changing
leaves brilliant, and the expectation is there for adventure and recreation. With that in mind, here are a
few tips that will help your trip go smoother and more enjoyable.
Changing Weather – Fall can be a time of changing
Blissful is proud to announce the accomplishment of a thru hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail! Blissful began the journey in late March and finished April 16th. The hike began near the base of Springer Mtn and wound its way through the northern Georgia mountains, fording creeks, hiking up and down many "lumps" as Blissful coined them, some gaining elevation to near 5,000 feet until linking again
Winter snow and ice on the Pocosin Hollow trail in Shenandoah National Park
A day hike
in the winter can be a wonderful experience. Cold, brisk days. Outstanding
views you can’t see in the summer. No insects. Few visitors. Ice sculptures on
cliff faces and waterfalls.
But it also
requires careful planning so it becomes an experience to treasure and not
to dread. Winter hiking usually
Connecting the dots of a trail by way of a section hike to complete a long-distance trail is a rewarding but difficult experience.
As a section hiker, you end up basically starting from scratchevery time you
go out - with the aching muscles, blisters on tender feet not used to the
strain of hiking every day. For longer distances, and if you can manage it,
staying out there, you eventually adapt
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