Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jocassee Gorges Mountain Adventure

Jocassee Gorges Mountain Adventure - while waiting for SNP Skyline Drive to reopen AT access.

Gorges State Park










Turtleback Falls - Horsepasture River NC


Rainbow Falls Horsepasture River NC

Drift Falls ( Bust Your Butt ) - Horsepasture River NC









The Orchard 


beautiful icicle pic from a friend 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ALERT!


    Hazardous Conditions Alert during my recent AT SOBO Thru-Hike within Shenandoah National Park (VA)
      I am in Greenville SC for family time and improved weather conditions to return to SNP in Virginia and continue my SOBO Thru-Hike to Springer Mountain Georgia
        trailwide updates

HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ALERT! January 24, 2016

Winter storm Jonas has covered much of the Appalachian Trail in snow, dropping up to 40 inches in places. High winds have created snow drifts that may be several feet deep.
Many parks and forests along the A.T. are closed. ​Many portions of the A.T. are inaccessible and access roads closed due to deep and drifting snow. As a result, local emergency personnel will likely not be able to respond to trail emergencies.
 
Remember that as elevation increases, temperatures drop, snowfall amounts increase, and drifting of snow will be greater. Conditions in the mountains may be radically different from valleys below or cities nearby.  

Hiking in snow requires extreme effort and your pace may be reduced to only a few tenths of a mile in an hour. The trail may be difficult to follow as the path and trail markings disappears under snow. Consequences of unpreparedness for extreme conditIons can be fatal. Consider that your actions may put others at risk who may attempt a rescue or recovery.
For weather information visit www.weather.gov. Assessment of conditions may not be available for some time after the storm passes. A snowfall map showing snow accumulation as of the morning of January 24 can be viewed here, but does not reflect drifting. To view specific regions in more detail or more snowfall analysis, ​visit www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/nsa. (Click a region on the U.S. map at the top of the page first, then choose a more in-depth analysis).
You are responsible for your own safety.

For information on A.T. safety visit - 
www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/hiking-basics/safety#environment

Some updates from specific regions (not comprehensive):

A.T. Weather Website

A new website www.atweather.org (not affiliated with the ATC) provides weather forecasts for shelters along the A.T. Although not absolutely precise in every shelter location, especially at higher elevations, it does provide National Weather Service forecast data that will​ often be more accurate than relying on forecasts in nearby towns, which can be dangerously misleading for A.T. hikers. Always be prepared for conditions that are colder, wetter, and windier than forecasts predict.

Adventurous Selfie with BLACK BEAR in Virginia!


AT Adventures in Shenandoah National Park - BEFORE the SNOW Storm


AT Trailhead from Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive before the SNOW Storm















Pinefield Hut Shenandoah National Park - BEFORE the SNOW Storm
Mountain Man at Pinefield Hut - Single Digit Morning

COLD Morning at Pinefield Hut
Spring at Pinefield Hut

Arrival at Pinefield Hut - snow topped PRIVY on Hll




Blue Blaze trail - Cold morning leaving Pinefield Hut

BLUE Blaze to Atlanta - Grandfathering a baby!

BLUE Blaze to Atlanta - Grandfathering a baby! 

Sam William Knox - January 15th 2016























Friday, January 15, 2016

1257.2 miles completed | 932 miles remaining to Springer Mountain Georgia ...

1257.2 miles completed | 932 miles remaining to Springer Mountain Georgia ...




I may be slow but I'm not fast .. enjoying my AT Adventure!