Climbing Mount Leconte

Climbing Mt. Leconte Via Alum Cave Trail - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Remember a few months ago when snow spoiled my plans to climb Mt. Leconte in The Smokies? Well, I decided it was finally time to go back and conquer the mountain! I reserved the hotel, made the 4 and a half hour drive down to Tennessee and prepared to complete the hike the following day, which was Saturday. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXNacvXcx1E

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Chasing Kentucky Waterfalls Roadtrip

Chasing Kentucky Waterfalls - Blitz Roadtrip Addition

This past Saturday I came up with a concept for a new adventure: see how many of Kentucky's waterfalls I could squeeze into one blitz roadtrip. I started researching some possible destinations and discovered that my home state is just full of waterfalls! I mapped out 7 waterfalls that I felt I could reasonably visit in one day. I did anticipate that I would probably have to skip one or two, however, as this trip included over 9 hours of just driving! In the end, I was able to hit up 5 of the 7 falls.

Not half bad for a single day trip!

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Newfoudn Gap Road in the Snow 3

Things Didn't Go As Planned - Great Smoky Mountains - January 2017

This weekend I took a trip down to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The plan was relatively simple; Hike to the summit of Mt. Leconte (via the Alum Cave Trail) and make a video for the Youtube channel in the process. In the days leading up to the trip, I packed my gear, watched the weather, and paid attention to the daily conditions up on Leconte. The weather forecasts were calling for snow.

The prospect of snow excited me, but I was worried about the possibility of Newfound Gap Road being closed due to the snow and ice. Because of this, I came up with several backup plans. One being to do a winter ascent of Mt. Cammerer and the other being to photograph Cade's Cove and possibly hike to Abram's Falls. I was, or so I thought, prepared.

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Auxier Ridge Sunset

Photographing a Red River Gorge Sunset

I suppose you could say I'm a bit of a spontaneous guy. I tend to come up with ideas at the last minute and just sort of act on them. Some of my best adventures have been the result of coming up with an idea, grabbing a pack and just going. This trip was one of those spur-of-the-moment ideas. The plan was simple, drive to Red River Gorge, hike onto Auxier Ridge, and photograph the sunset. How hard could that be?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znr-SvbsuMk

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Trip Log for 17 Miles in The Red River Gorge

 Red River Gorge Panorama. 

NOTE: This is a copy of an old post that appeared on the original Serial Photog blog. I’m in the process of moving these old posts over to this blog for archival purposes. Please let me know if you notice any issues with these archived posts!

This past Saturday (April 4, 2015) I did a 17-mile hike through the heart of Kentucky's Red River Gorge. This trip was originally meant to be a 2-day adventure, but that's not quite how things worked out. The trip presented its own set of challenges, but at the end of the day it was a great time. This post will outline the 17-mile adventure.

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