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A video update from Big Moose Mountain in Greenville, Maine!
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A Smoky Mountain sunset.
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Your moment of zen for today - water running under a thin layer of ice on Schoolhouse Gap Trail today.
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We talk about thru hiking quite a bit on this page and over on the blog. There's a set of people that doesn't often get glory though - the support crew! Let's talk about what it takes to support your loved one while they're out adventuring: How to Survive Being the Support Crew

While this time of year is when people planning a thru hike for the spring or summer are getting their final gear and food purchases together, there's one group of people who frequently get overlooked: the support crew. For some people, this is the spouse staying home and working to keep the bills
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Where will your adventures take you this weekend?
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I snapped this waterfall shot yesterday on my trail “run.” Why is “run” in quotations? Well, my body just couldn’t get it together yesterday. I planned to trail run a pretty popular off-trail loop yesterday and it just wasn’t coming together. I took it as a power hike instead and enjoyed splashing in the water and taking in the sights. Sometimes it’s not about the smiles, it’s about getting in those miles!

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A 2013 Warrior Hiker talks about her positive experience walking on public lands and why she feels they deserve the protections we give them. What do you think?

There are non-extractive values of our national forests and desert landscapes.
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Just when you think you’ve seen it all... someone released some goldfish into a pond at Ijams (a private nature preserve outside of Knoxville that allows public use).

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Ijams Nature Center

See those orange shapes? Those are goldfish... probably over 100 in the Lotus Pond. The problem is that they aren't supposed to be there. The most likely explan...ation is that someone relocated them from their backyard water feature. Now, our staff will spend hours trying to remove them.

When non-native species are released at our nature center, they can wreak havoc on the environment. These goldfish can spread disease and parasites, which can decimate native aquatic species. Invasive fish also can take over food, nesting, and shelter resources, which can have disastrous effects on the pond ecosystem.

So if you have pets or other animals that you no longer want, please do not "release them back into nature." In many cases, the animal will not survive. If it does, the lasting negative impacts on the environment can be devastating.

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Working on getting everything together for our next thru hike. Here's an update to how it's going so far: A Mountains to Sea Trail Update

It seemed like spring would never arrive a few short weeks ago, but now we're midway through February! I've been feeling like I'm doing a good job at my New Years' goal of unplugging more, but at the same time I always like to update my readers as to what is going on and what our progress is on thr
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Sprinkles Hikes added a post from February 14 to their timeline.
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Garage Grown Gear is doing a great giveaway of over $3000 worth of gear for anyone - not just thru hikers! Use the link to enter to win! (I have no idea why it says 404 not found, but it should work - it works from my phone but not my computer!)
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I’m so proud to have been selected to be a part of the Altra Red Team for a third year. This brand saved my legs both running and hiking and produces top quality gear that stands up to the abuse I put it through as an ultra runner and a guide. I can’t wait to try out some new pieces of gear that came in my kit today!
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And this isn’t even every pair I own!
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We’ve got a rainy week ahead here in the southeast, so here’s a throwback to one of my favorite easy walks in the Smokies - Andrews Bald!

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They don’t call it the Green Tunnel for nothin’!
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The Appalachian Trail is often enclosed in laurel and rhododendron, especially here in the southeast. When you get to the end of it, like here, it is often like you’re leaving one world behind and walking into a totally different one (or just into a beech forest instead!)

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There’s no denying social media is a powerful tool in inspiring people to get outdoors. However, when you’re showing people the wrong way to get outside and enjoy our public lands, therein lies a problem. Here’s a great post I stumbled across on how you can use social media responsibly:

How not to be a douchebag during your “epic adventure” July 5, 2016 I love the outdoors. And I love social media. Both have connected me to people and places that are often lost amidst the tyranny of everyday life. And when they combine, they transport me to extraordinary new places and remind m...
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I heard this quote the other day and it resonated with me so deeply.
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Lately I’ve been questioning my life choices and wondering if it was time to grow up ...and do “real world” things. And the thought of that made me feel really sad. I’m just not cut out for the 9-5, 401K desk job. And no matter how many times people try to tell me why I should just “settle down” already, this quote really sums things up for me.

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I heard this quote the other day and it resonated with me so deeply.
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Lately I’ve been questioning my life choices and wondering if it was time to grow up and do “real world” things. And the thought of that made me feel really sad. I’m just not cut out for the 9-5, 401K desk job. And no matter how many times people try to tell me why I should just “settle down” already, this quote really sums things up for me.

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NoKey and I had an amazing time at the REI thru hiker’s panel at Elkmont Exchange last night! Getting together with former and wanna-be thru hikers to talk trail was so much fun. Feel free to reach out to us ANY TIME you have questions about hiking, backpacking, or even just to chat about trails.

Rainy days are super common down here in the southeast. People really don’t enjoy hiking in the rain, but I don’t mind it. There is still beauty to be found.

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Spandits is my favorite brand for hiking pants! Right now, if you buy a pair of fleece-lined tights (handmade in Maine) you'll get a free fleece-lined hat with your order! Don't forget to tell them I sent you at check out.

A friend shared this on Facebook this morning and MAN - does this resonate with me right now.

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The Blue Ridge Mountains from Mt. Sterling - the most stunning view in the Smokies. It’s not your eyes playing tricks on you - those mountains really ARE blue from the isotrene being released into the air.

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