Laurel River Trail

| October 20, 2020

Laurel River Trail

9.73 miles; 7 feet ascent; Marshall, NC Oh, wow, what a beautiful trail! And considering it’s in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it’s a remarkably flat trail, too, with only 7 total feet of ascent. It follows the Laurel River out to its confluence with the French Broad River. Again, though, AllTrails said it […]

FW: Sleepy Gap to Bent Creek River Park

| October 12, 2020

FW: Sleepy Gap to Bent Creek River Park

7.7 miles; 475′ ascent; Arden and Asheville, NC Another Feisty Women hike. This has a heck of a lot less ascent than it felt like. Most of the climbing is at the beginning. Only had to stop while gasping for air once, so getting better. We had a lot of rain this past weekend as […]

Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Craven Gap to the Folk Art Center

| September 26, 2020

Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Craven Gap to the Folk Art Center

7.2 miles; Asheville, NC This was a “Feisty Women” hike and hooowee this was a hard one for me. Lugging my extra 20 Covid pounds up and down the hills was just not fun, and I ended up at the end of the group. Again. Good news? No major disasters, although we were warned there […]

Summiting Mount Tom

| March 13, 2013

Summiting Mount Tom

8.05 miles   2.3 mph whew. mount tom can be a bear of a trail at the best of times, and i am still a little rusty, north south trail trek notwithstanding. at any rate, there’s more climbing on these trails than i have been doing. so this hike was a much-needed workout. i also […]

Arcadia, Browning Mill Pond & Roaring Brook Trails

| March 6, 2013

Arcadia, Browning Mill Pond & Roaring Brook Trails

7.48 miles  2.5 mph i combined a couple of shorter hikes to get this monster. the weather started out nice but the sun went in and it got colder, so it wasn’t the best day hiking. and i was really pretty beat by the end, but not as bad as last friday, so i’m getting […]

Forced March

| March 1, 2013

Forced March

7.6 miles   2.7 mph ooof. i wrote a check my legs almost couldn’t cash. and it was made out to vin gormley. a beautiful march day (good riddance, february), but after 2 months of relative inactivity, this one really hurt. in retrospect, it might have been prudent to start with a shorter hike. hope […]

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