Over the past few months, I have been acquiring some new gear. I’ve been quite anxious to get out into the woods to try it all out. Most of all, I’ve been wanting to try out my hammock setup. I finally got a chance to get out for a quick, solo overnight. I decided to head on down to one of my favorite spots: Red River Gorge. Based off a suggestion from the guy that runs the HikingRRG Instagram account (And, of course, the HikingRRG Guide Service), I headed on down to the Swift Camp Creek, located in the Clifty Wilderness.Read More
Kentucky is a state that’s just teeming with natural beauty. Among the many impressive natural wonders the state has to offer are a plethora of waterfalls. There are truly too many waterfalls to even mention here, so to keep things simple here is my list of 5 must-see waterfalls in the state of Kentucky.Read More
Here lately I’ve been extremely caught up working on some software development projects. I decided it was finally time to get out on another adventure! This time I would simply be heading down to The Gorge after work and doing a quick day hike. The plan was to hit up Jailhouse Rock, Stargap Arch, and possible another unofficial arch or two, depending on how I did on time. Along the way, I made an unexpected discovery…Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
There is a lot that goes into landscape and adventure photography (just check out my previous post on backcountry photography). Anything that can help make my life easier is more than welcome. Throughout my journey, I have come across a number of iPhone apps that promise to aid me in my photography (specifically landscape photography). Some of these have delivered, while others have fallen flat on their face. With that in mind, I present to you my 3 favorite iPhone apps that I actually find helpful and use on a regular basis.Read More
The hike in is grueling. You’re way behind schedule and you realize that you’ve severely underestimated the terrain you’re trying to traverse. After all, it never looks that bad on the map! To compound the matter, it’s freezing. You can’t seem to reach a balance between staying warm when the harsh wind cuts through the forest and not sweating like you’re standing before a firing squad when you’re moving.
The pack you’ve slung on your back is heavy. You can’t help but think, do I really need all this gear?
Finally, after hours of trudging through mud, crossing frigid streams, and pushing your body to its limits, you arrive at your destination. You take the time to find a composition, set up the camera and snap the picture.
Now it dawns on you… you have to get back to the car. You’re only halfway done! This is when you make the hard realization: you have to be a bit of a lunatic to be a backcountry photographer!Read More