Monthly Archives: July 2014

Getting Lost or Separated While #Hiking and Controlling the Panic Response

I have been in several situations where panic on a hike has reared its ugly head.  The first was when we lost someone.  That individual got separated from the group on an unfamiliar trail; they did not stop and think.  … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Taking Photographs

I really didn’t start off being a photographer. I actually just started off hiking, watching my feet, and snapping photos on the run! It wasn’t until I met this wonderful lady over in Spartanburg that I even thought my photos … Continue reading

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Hiking and Bad Weather: Lightning

Often while looking at stories about hiking, I come across what I want to call the ‘bad’ stories that happen to people.  In the last week, there were two deaths at a national park from lightning strikes and that has … Continue reading

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#Hiking Chinquapin Mountain, Glen Falls, Scaly Mountain (Highlands, NC)

Total Distance: About 10.8 miles combined distance Difficulty: Strenuous due to mileage and elevation gain Location: Near Highlands, North Carolina Comments:  We started on the Glen Falls Trail, hiked up to Chinquapin Mountain for lunch, and then drove over to … Continue reading

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Being Prepared: Snakes and Snakebites While Hiking

I have been hiking in the Carolinas for over seven years and although we have seen plenty of snakes, we just recently had a snakebite on a hike. This is actually a very good result. On this particular hike, we … Continue reading

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated When Hiking

Unfortunately most of the advice I have to give you comes from having personally experienced things over the years. One of these is dehydration. I can’t stress enough how important it is to drink enough on the trail no matter … Continue reading

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Defensive Hiking – Avoiding Falls on the Trail

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen on the trail and several very serious ones that I’m lucky to have made it back up from. Fortunately none have ended in death as I’m still here to talk about … Continue reading

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