Hell Hike and Raft: The Seven Devils – Part 2

After a demanding but exhilarating first day of the Hell Hike and Raft, you’d think I would have slept soundly. Not so much. My first night nestled in the forest of the Seven Devils was fitful. But that’s normal for me. It’s part of what makes me not a morning person. But if there’s anything that can take the sting …

Hell Hike and Raft: The Seven Devils – Part 1

Last time around, I talked about the beginning of the Hell Hike and Raft, what it took to prepare, and some of the logistics involved. Now we get to the good stuff, the actual adventure. The funny part about this trip for me was that prior to June of this year, I’d never set foot in the state of Idaho. …

Pay it Forward

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know that one of my favorite local haunts are the trails in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area because I post pictures from there… often. One of the reasons I like this park is that the trails are a web of small segments so you can mix-and-match to make your hike …

Potable Aqua: Easy Solutions for Minimalist Adventures

So back in May I told you about my new adventure as Brand Ambassador for Potable Aqua. Well now I get to tell you more about their products and why I use them. Choices… There are lots of ways to purify your water when you are in the backcountry. Outdoorsfolk of all flavors will likely be happy to give you …

Back in the Saddle

So the last couple of weeks I’ve talked about adventures completed and adventures to come. I’m guessing you probably won’t realize how these two intersect… and it’s not in a good way. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve been seeing my posts about getting out on the trails, upping my pack weight, and upping my distance while …

Hell Hike and Raft

One of the things about my life is that, even on the heels of a big adventure like the Pacific Northwest Tour, I’m always getting the question, “What’s next?” And as my fellow adventurers know, one of the ways to ease the re-entry blues is to be planning the next adventure. In my case, that’s been in the works for …

Postcards from Real Life: Progress

The Camp Granola crew spent the first part of this week in the North Georgia mountains at one of our favorite haunts, the Hike Inn. In spite of our constant adventures and explorations, we hadn’t done a true hike in awhile so I wasn’t sure what I was going to get from them. In younger years, getting through the 5-mile …

Going “Deep” in the Smokies

Our rather damp arrival in Bryson City was coupled with an equally damp first night at Deep Creek. But we awoke to clear skies and were ready to explore, even if everything surrounding us was completely sodden. After some examination of the handy-dandy trail map we decided to hike the Juny Whank falls trail as well as sections of the …

Cumberland Gap: Grab Your Walking Stick

Muddy Summit

Welcome to the next installment of our Cumberland Gap adventures granola friends. I have no idea how many parts this Cumberland Gap series will be but there’s a good bit more ground to cover so I’ve just decided to dole it out in little bits and pieces in order keep the whole tale from being a 10,000 word opus. If …

Cumberland Gap: Heart of the Park

So diving a bit more into the details of our recent trip, let’s start with a short introduction to the first stop, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, shall we? The big picture… The timing of our trip put us too early to experience the fall colors but Cumberland Gap did not disappoint in spite of that. We spent three nights …