Fall foliage at Glassmine Gap

Autumn Trek on the Appalachian Trail

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir On a late Saturday afternoon I stepped off from Deep Gap and began a lumbering climb up Standing Indian mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. I continued this backpacking trip through days of crisp Autumn air, concluding on a cold, wet Friday […]

White Blaze

White Blaze

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2″ x 6″. White paint. This simple white blaze is found painted on countless thousands of tree trunks at infrequent distances all throughout the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.┬áIt signifies the path of the Appalachian Trail. Trails were originally marked by hatchet chops, but as people become more ecologically conscious alternative methods were derived. In rockier parts of the world you’ll find the use of […]

Fire tower lookout from Albert Mountain

Albert Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

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Albert Mountain is located near the town of Franklin, North Carolina and overlooks the Coweeta Basin. From the vista of Albert Mountain you can see for 20 miles in every direction, making it an ideal spot for a fire tower or scenic view of Fall’s changing colors. This 5,250 foot high mountain sits on the path of the Appalachian Trail, and was also the setting for a 40 foot high metal fire tower lookout that […]

Misty Morning on Standing Indian Mountain

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I spent a Saturday evening camped on the summit of Standing Indian Mountain. More than a mile up, the clouds we had watched in the valley below the previous evening had enveloped the peak of the mountain at some point throughout the night. This created a dark and ethereal setting in the early AM. We packed our gear in the fog shrouded camp, and then proceed northward on the Appalachian Trail across and then down […]