Snow Repost @_r_upton_ ... I took my Renegade - Corrine - out on the snowy backroads and byways this morning. She handles better on snow than any 4x4 I've ever owned. Small, 5-speed, turbo, 4WD = recipe for fun. Had a BLAST! : : : : #carolinatrekker #jeep #renegade #jeeprenegade #corrine #hernameiscorrine #turbo #4X4 #4WD #snow #snowday #fun #backroads #spartanburg #gaffney #chesnee #upstate #renegadelife
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I took my Renegade - Corrine - out on the snowy backroads and byways this morning. She handles better on snow than any 4x4 I've ever owned. Small, 5-speed, turbo, 4WD = recipe for fun. Had a BLAST! : : : : #carolinatrekker #jeep #renegade #jeeprenegade #corrine #hernameiscorrine #turbo #4X4 #4WD #snow #snowday #fun #backroads #spartanburg #gaffney #chesnee #upstate #renegadelife
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Why am I laughing? Because hiking makes me happy! Especially happy when it's with great friends who get as stoked about the adventure as you do! This is me finishing the "blowdown limbo" with @krlitos85 @leslie_elizabeth12 and @wanderingphocus. We had a blast knocking out the rugged "Plott Balsams Traverse" (there is no official trail or name), bagging Yellow Face, Waterrock Knob, Browning Knob, and Mount Lyn Lowry - all peaks over 6,000' in the remote Plott Balsams range located at the edge of Pisgah NF and next door to the Great Smokies. : : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #plottbalsams #pisgahnationalforest #ashevilletrails #trail #adventure #wilderness #adventureculture #wildernessculture #appalachians #backpacking #friends #compadres #community #instapic #picoftheday #instagood #happy
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The rarely-seen but breathtaking view from Yellow Face, the easiest +6,000-footer you'll ever bag. Park in the Waterrock Knob parking area off the @blueridgenps, walk down across the parkway and up into the woods at the obvious trailhead. Follow the Blackrock Trail for around 1/2 mile up Yellow Face, catching this awesome view as you near the summit (6,032'). It's a great warm-up/warm-down for the much more rugged and challenging Plott Balsams Traverse awaiting you on the other side of the parking area. : : : : : #carolinatrekker #yellowface #plottbalsams #pisgahnationalforest #blackrock #mountaincrushmonday #hike #hiking #mountains #trail #appalachians #adventure #wil#wilderness #outdoors #nature #backpacking #hikingadventures #instapic #instagood #instalike #instalove #picoftheday #view #landscape #wanderlust #adventureculture #wilderness #wildernessculture
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Did you know I design stickers? Here's one of my most recent. You can purchase them through RedBubble. I'll include the link address below, or you can simply search for "carolinatrekker" on the site. I hand-draw or design them all. They're printed on high quality die-cut vinyl and look great anywhere. Tag me if you purchase any and I'll feature you ✌🏽️ : : : : www.redbubble.com/people/carolinatrekker : : : : #carolinatrekker #bear #art #wilderness #mountains #outdoors #forest #graphicart #sticker #inkdrawing #linedrawing
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Not all who wander are lost. I’m glad winter is back and was only lost for a few days. β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ #hiking #snow #trees #nature #winter #landscapes #adventure #carolinatrekker #instagood #828isgreat #open828 #we_see_wnc #ashevilletrails #wnc
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Hβ€’Oβ€’Mβ€’E : : : : I don't live in these ancient mountains, but each time I answer their call - which is often - deep down inside I know I am returning home, like a child returning to his mother. : : : : #carolinatrekker #mountains #home #nature #out#outdoors #plottbalsams #blueridgeparkway #blueridgemountains #appalachians #wilderness #hike #hiking #browningknob #adventure #outdoors #sb6k
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NEW sticker in the store (link in my bio). This is another hand-drawn one, which are the most popular movers. It'll look great on anything you'd like to stick it on. Stickers are die-cut and printed on very durable vinyl! : : : : #carolinatrekker #bear #blackbear #moonbear #drawing #ink #art #mountains #trees #nature #outdoors #local #graphicart #linedrawing #inkdrawing
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This is interesting. As you know, I normally post things I see on the trail, and post the "leftovers" in my story. This pic of things I eat for lunch almost daily has garnered more views and interaction than any other story I've ever posted. Go figure. I'm pretty sure I'm the biggest @honesttea Peach-oo-la-long fanatic on the planet. Same goes for @dreamingcow Blueberry Cardamom yogurt. The fig bars are organic honey sweetened that I purchase in bulk from @hubcitycoop in @visitspartanburg. So I guess if you eat the things you can hike like... me? πŸ˜‚ : : : : : #carolinatrekker #food #lunch #goodstuff #instagood #instafood #instalunch #spartanburg #hikerhunger #nutrition #organic #local #favorites #instastory
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Wildcat Rock Trail | Little Bearwallow Mountain | Upper Hickory Nut Gorge | Gerton, NC : : : : : Am I the only one who geeks out over trails? : : : : #carolinatrekker #tra#trailday #trail #hike #hiking #outdoors #nature #forest #mountains #instahike #instapic #instagood #instalike #picoftheday #instalove #ash#ashevillels #surface #landscape #blueridgemountains #asheville #lakelure #adventure #wildernessculture #hickorynutgorge
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NEW sticker design in the store (link in my bio)! I'm proud because my daughter (Izzy) helped me with this one. We were going for a "cartoony" feel, as opposed to a serious hiking boot :) : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #hikingboot #sticker #art #graphicart #ink #inkdrawing #draw #linedrawing #local #wilderness #gear #footwear
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Kate + Wren | Palmetto Trail Croft Passage | Spartanburg, South Carolina : : : : It's so crucial to introduce and acquaint little ones with the natural world. As @katekat15 (Wren's mom) explains, "It’s important for me to keep Wren active outdoors. If she knows nature she will be more apt to want to conserve nature, act responsibly, and be more of a producer instead of focusing on consumption of the earth's resources. There are a million reasons I want her to know nature, but mainly so she can breathe fresh air, see animals and plants around her, touch dirt and grass, and just be one with her world." Well said. Great wisdom for ANY age! : : : : : πŸ“Έ cred: @joshmoore1012 (Wren's dad) : : : : #carolinatrekker #nature #outdoors #hike #hiking #children #croftstatepark #spartanburg #gooutsideandplay #palmettotrail #trail #trailtuesday #outdoorlife #adventure #parenting #instapic #instamood #instagood #picoftheday #community #hikingculture #adventureculture #wildernessculture #upstate #visitspartanburg
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Work in progress. Not sure if I'll use this exact design for my next sticker, but something close. Lots of doodling left. My first attempt at a hiking boot. : : : : : #CarolinaTrekker #art #drawing #ink #linedrawing #graphicart #sticker #hike #hiking #hikingboot #boot #footwear #doodling #mountains #trees #waterfall
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Little Bearwallow Falls | Wilcat Rock Trail | Gerton, NC : : : : : Even the Deep Freeze of 2018 can't keep some of us from going outside to play! Caught these rad ice climbers turning lemons into lemonade at 100-ft. Little Bearwallow Falls while hiking the Wildcat Rock Trail yesterday (25 freaking degrees). : : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #iceclimbing #climb #climbing #littlebearwallowfalls #wildcatrock #gerton #lakelure #adv#adventure #outdoors #blueridge #foothills #mountains #iceicebaby #waterfall #frozen #cold #winter #instalike #instapic #adventure #outside #adventureculture #wildernessculture #theoutbound #gooutsideandplay #blueridgemoments
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Pickens Nose Trail | Nantahala National Forest | Macon County, NC : : : : The setting sun made this barren rhododendron tunnel appear to be on fire. : : : : #carolinatrekker #nan#nantahalaonalforest #nantahala #blu#blueridgetains #blueridge #appalachians #nature #outdoors #adv#adventure #explore #trail #hike #hiking #instapic #picoftheday #instagood #instalove #mountains #wildernessculture #adventure #adventureculture #landscape #fire #ablaze #sunset
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Did you know I design stickers? It's true. These are all original creations celebrating our recreational use of the great outdoors. When I started doing them, it was out of boredom (I was unemployed at the time), and I never thought they'd become as popular as they have -- with no promotion except my sporadic social media posts and word of mouth. Though my stickers are rooted in the southern Appalachians, I've acquired a healthy international clientele. Go figure. Look for more originals in 2018. You can purchase stickers via the link in my profile. They look great on your vehicle, notebook, instrument case, etc. If you buy them, be sure to tag @carolinatrekker and I just might feature you! ✌🏽️ : : : : #carolinatrekker #stickers #blueridge #hike #hiking #climb #climbing #nature #recreation #outdoors #local #community #graphicart #graphicartist #borntowander #design #smallbusinessowner #mountains #appalachians #blueridgemountains
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My new @vasquefootwear came today! It's like Christmas all over again. Initial impression is they fit perfectly right out of the box and feel comfortable. Now it's time to go break them in for real @carolinatrekker ... : : : #carolinatrekker #vasque #hike #hiking #hikingshoes #navyseals #gear #outdoors #nature #adventure #instapic #picoftheday #trail #backcountry #backpacking
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It's 2018 and we're already out of the gate running. Today I began my duties as the social media coordinator for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics - South Carolina! (Follow @leavenotraceSC) This is a huge honor and privilege for me because I am very serious about enjoying the outdoors and leaving nature as you found it, as I'm sure you are. : : Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics is a non-profit organization also known as Leave No Trace which has existed since 1984, and seeks to educate people about their recreational impact on nature as well as the principles of Leave No Trace to prevent and minimize such impacts. The seven key principles of LNT outdoor ethics are: : : : 1. Plan ahead and prepare. 2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. 3. Dispose of waste properly. 4. Leave it as you found it. 5. Minimize campfire impacts. 6. Respect wildlife. 7. Be considerate of others. : : : Our South Carolina Leave No Trace Advocate is Elamon White, and her contact info is scadvocate@LNT.org. Or, contact me through IG! ✌🏽️ : : : : #car#carolinaker #leavenotrace #LNT #LNTSC #outdoors #nat#nature #hike #hiking #climb #climbing #camp #camping #nature #packinpackout #conservation #sou#southcarolina #instalike #instalove #newyear #instagood #ethics #adventure #wilderness #forest #carolina #southcarolina #palmettostate
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Icy stream | Standing Indian Mountain | Nantahala National Forest | Macon County, NC : : : : I was following Big Laurel Creek and bushwhacked to this beautiful stream dancing down the slopes of Standing Indian Mountain in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. Sat on a rock for a while listening to her song and admiring her beauty. : : : #carolinatrekker #standingindianmountain #nantahala #nantahalanationalforest #wilderness #str#stream #biglaurel #mountain #stream #ice #winter #peaceful #instapic #nature #instalike #instagood #youvebeencorned #instagram #instalook #picoftheday #blueridge #appalachiantrail #appalachians
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Aerial view of the landslide near Rainbow Falls just south of Cable Cove. Crews started the removal process on Tuesday and have a late February completion date. β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ #rockslide #landslide #mountainslide #mothernature #28north #gra#grahamcounty #yournaturaldestination #freezethaw #closure #ncoutdoor_inc #visitnc #graham #nccaptures #scenicnc #northcarolina #carolinatrekker #romanticasheville #wlos #wbir #we_see_nc #haynow #drone #dji #dronepics #instacool #phantom
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Pickens Nose | Nantahala National Forest | Otto, NC : : : : The word Nantahala means "Land of the noon day sun" in Cherokee. The steep mountains here block the sun's rays from reaching the valley below until about noon each day. : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #nantahala #nantahalanationalforest #appalachianmountains #mountains #pickensnose #sunset #view #landscape #instapic #instagood #instahike #instalike #instalove #picoftheday #leavenotrace #nature #outdoors #wildernessculture #adventure #adventureculture #winter
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One of my favorite pics from 2017. I shot it from Waterrock Knob, a mountain over 6,000' in the Plott Balsams range near Sylva, NC. This reminds me of a great weekend that involved hiking with amazing friends and achieving my Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification. It also reminds me that I'm NOT a photographer, but a hiker who just happens to be in the right place at the right time sometimes. I foresee myself writing my reflections on 2017 soon. Stay tuned. : : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #mountain #blu#blueridgeparkway #blueridge #plottbalsams #appalachians #outdoors #nature #friends #photography #2017 #instapic #picoftheday #sylva #instagood #instadaily
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Celo Knob | Black Mountain Crest Trail | Horse Rock Meadows | Moose, Overload, Juan Carlos : : : : What was my favorite hike in 2017? This one. What is my favorite pic from 2017? This one. On the final #TrailTuesday of 2017, let's celebrate awesome trails, epic adventures, amazing friends, and the promise + privilege of more of the same in 2018! : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #friends #trailfamily #blackmountaincresttrail #pisgahnationalforest #appalachianmountains #blackmountains #instahike #picoftheday #instapic #instalike #instalove #adventure #adventureculture #wilderness #wildernessculture #mountains #thebird #companions #northcarolina #goodtimes #damngoodtimes #wanderlust #jurrasicpark #asskickers #SB6K #hikehardorhikehome
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Somebody's trying to tell me something πŸ˜‚ Been wanting this book for a minute. Santa knows I've been a good boy all year long. Merry Hikemas (to coin @dillonbrownwashere) to you all! πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„ : : : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #hiker #compass #wayfinding #christmas #christmaseve #christmas2017 #greatsmokymountains #gear #presents #friends #community #book #mystery #instapic #instagood #instalike #instame #picoftheday #trail #out#outdoors #nature #outdoors #hikingculture #wildernessculture #adventure #mountains #GSMNP #reading
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Grandfather Mountain | 5,945' | Linville, NC : : : Did you know Grandfather Mountain has some of the highest recorded winds in the US -- unofficially estimated at up to 200 mph? Unlikely they've ever been that high, but if you've hiked there you know the weather is extreme and can change without warning. The day I took this pic (from the Tanawha Trail at nearby Beacon Heights) - almost one year ago today - a snowstorm blew in suddenly with winds so high that I literally had to crawl back down into the tree line on my hands and knees! The @blueridgenps was even shut down because of it. Wild. Anyone else got any crazy Grandfather Mountain stories? #ThrowbackThursday : : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #snow #mountain #grandfathermountain #pisgahnationalforest #wilderness #storm #instalove #instapic #picoftheday #instalike #instagood #adventure #outdoors #landscape #northcarolina #blueridgeparkway #blueridgemountains #winter #wintersolstice
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Repost @carolinatrekker ・・・ Matthews Creek | Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area | Greenville County, SC : : : : While Raven Cliff Falls is certainly worth seeing, the cascades above it are equally awe-inspiring. I snapped this one breaking on a rock just off the Naturaland Trail, snack in one hand, camera in the other. Beauty like this is hard to screw up - no skill required, just point + shoot. : : : #carolinatrekker #myblueridge #matthewscreek #blueridge #waterfallwednesday #cascade #creek #mountains #hike #hiking #blueridgemountains #southcarolina #instalove #instalike #instapic #picoftheday #instagood #wilderness #wildernessculture #adv#adventureure #adventure #trail #hikingadventures #nature #outdoors #outside #upstate
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Matthews Creek | Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area | Greenville County, SC : : : : While Raven Cliff Falls is certainly worth seeing, the cascades above it are equally awe-inspiring. I snapped this one breaking on a rock just off the Naturaland Trail, snack in one hand, camera in the other. Beauty like this is hard to screw up - no skill required, just point + shoot. : : : #carolinatrekker #myblueridge #matthewscreek #blueridge #waterfallwednesday #cascade #creek #mountains #hike #hiking #blueridgemountains #southcarolina #instalove #instalike #instapic #picoftheday #instagood #wilderness #wildernessculture #adv#adventureculture #adventure #trail #hikingadventures #nature #outdoors #outside #upstate
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Played around in the Green River Gorge today. No serious hiking, just playing in the snow + exploring with some of the people I love best. I didn't even carry a pack (In hindsight I probably should've). Also hung out for a bit in Saluda and Hendersonville afterwards taking in the small town Christmas charm. And ate doughnuts. Sometimes you need zero days like that. Also, I look like a truck driver ✌🏽️ : : : #carolinatrekker #saluda #greenriver #greenrivergamelands #snow #forest #wilderness #mountains #fun #sundayfunday #glamorshots #nature #outdoors #outside #instagood #adventures #kuhl #patagonia #ashevilletrails #704 #flannel #trucker #bearded #lovemylife
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Gotta love this clip from our hike of the "Plott Balsams Traverse" last week (There is no official trail or name). We were having a blast trying to negotiate this blowdown. It's interesting how we all handled it differently. First, @leslie_elizabeth12 takes the ninja route. Then, I take the overly dramatic route - protect the camera at all costs, soldier! Finally, @wanderingphocus simply crouches and walks under. This was a fun yet rugged hike atop one of the more remote and lesser known sub-ranges in the Appalachians. The chain features five 6,000' peaks, all five on this hike. It is also holy ground to the Cherokee. Again, there is no official trail, only a manway that is sporadically blazed. (I wouldn't suggest this one unless you have basic wayfinding skills.) : : : πŸ“½: @krlitos85 : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #friends #team #community #asskickers #plottbalsams #pisgahnationalforest #nantahalanationalforest #cherokee #sylva #wilderness #mountains #appalachians #hikingadventures #wildernessculture #adventureculture #instalike #instalove #instavideo #sb6k #ashevilletrails #trailful #nature #outdoors
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Waterrock Knob | 6,293' | Sylva, NC : : : : Hiking + epic views is always better when your pals come along for the adventure! Especially if you're hiking in the rugged Plott Balsams. Where there is no official trail. And Boojum could be lurking around the corner. : : : πŸ“Έ cred: @wanderingphocus (Not pictured @krlitos85) : : : : #carolinatrekker #trailtuesday #plottbalsams #waterrockknob #ospreypacks #forceofnature #rei #mountains #instapic #instagood #friends #community #hikingadventures #instalike #instalove #instame #landscape #cherokee #sylva #wnc #holyground #outdoors #optoutside #nature #wilderness #adventure #boojum #bigfoot #sasquatch #legend
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Goal achieved! Today, I received my certification in Wilderness First Aid (and CPR) from @solosoutheast. This one means a lot. First, I can do my part in providing aid and assistance to others at a higher level in order to help them enjoy the great outdoors, and make the wilderness a safer place. Next, this certification is hopefully a stepping stone to even bigger goals and plans in 2018. Finally, this is my opportunity to sincerely thank all the sweet friends who have supported me in so many ways in reaching this goal. I could talk a long time about all the love, encouragement, and positive vibes that have flowed my way in 2017. You people are amazing, and as I said at the outset when I publicly stated my goal: Every person I provide a better outdoor experience for, you helped make it happen πŸ™πŸΌ : : : #carolinatrekker #wil#wil#wildernesscine #solowildernessmedicine #solofirstaid #wildernessfirstaid #medicine #wilderness #rescue #safety #help #certification #goal #wilderness #outdoors #adventure #nature #hike #hiking #friends #partners #community #support #love #instapic #instagood #instalove #positivevibes
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Learnin' that wilderness medicine. Here we are constructing leg splints with only what we have in our backpacks. Yes, that's a sleeping bag tied around my leg... with a pack. It worked. Don't ask. @solosoutheast : : : : #carolinatrekker #solosoutheast #wil#wildernesscine #recovery #rescue #outdoors #nantahalaoutdoorcenter #instalike #instagood #instapic #picoftheday #instahike #classroom #wilderness
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Mountains To Sea Trail | Mount Mitchell State Park | Pisgah National Forest | Burnsville, NC : : : : When Frost wrote "The woods are lovely, dark and deep" I wonder if he had the alpine spruce-fir forests of Mount Mitchell in mind? : : : : #carolinatrekker #mou#mountainhmonday #mountain #mountains #mountmitchell #pisgahnationalforest #fog #landscape #northcarolina #trail #hike #hiking #instahike #instagood #instapic #instalove #picoftheday #nature #outdoors #outside #hikingadventures #adv#adventureculture #wildernessculture #adventure
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Mountains To Sea Trail | Mount Mitchell State Park | Pisgah National Forest | Burnsville, NC : : : Continuing my series of pics from the Mount Mitchell portion of the MST. Mount Mitchell is a part of the Black Mountains, a sub-range of the Appalachians, and at 6,683' is the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. The environment at these elevations is more akin to the high Canadian boreal forests than elsewhere in the southern Apps. This particular route is one of the longest up the mountain, but is an appropriate trek for intermediate and seasoned hikers. : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #hiker #mountmitchell #pisgahnationalforest #blackmountains #appalachians #trail #instagood #instahike #instalike #instagram #instafun #picoftheday #instapic #forest #wilderness #adventure #wanderlust #landscape #wildernessculture #adventureculture #hikingadventures #nature #outside #outdoors #optoutside
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Mountains To Sea / Camp Alice Trail | Mount Mitchell State Park | Pisgah National Forest | Burnsville, NC : : : : Continuing my recent series of pics from a foggy, drizzly hike up Mount Mitchell. We started at the lower elevations on the MST, caught the Camp Alice and Commissary, summited, and returned via the Old Mitchell. The entire loop was in the neighborhood of 10-12 miles. While there was certainly no long range views, the mist and fog created an almost haunting atmosphere. Almost killed my camera, too! I'd recommend this route to anyone looking to climb the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. 75% of the hike is moderate, but the last mile will test you. : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #trail #mtmitchell #pisgahnationalforest #blackmountains #fog #forest #wilderness #instahike #instagood #instadaily #instagram #instalike #instapic #picoftheday #nature #outdoors #outside #optoutside #wanderlust #adventure #appalachians #mountain #mountains #hikingadventures #wildernessculture
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Old Mitchell Trail | Mount Mitchell State Park | Pisgah National Forest | Burnsville, NC : : : The OMT is a short trail (4 miles r/t), but gives a good sampling of some of the best in Black Mountains hiking: high elevation (over 6,000' for the entire hike), damp and fog, evergreens, rock outcroppings, and semi-technical portions. I always recommend this trek to those who haven't hiked at Mt. Mitchell before, along with Deep Gap out to Mt. Craig. #TrailTuesday : : : : : #carolinatrekker #hike #hiking #trail #mtmitchell #oldmitchelltrail #fog #forest #blackmountains #pisgahnationalforest #instahike #instagood #instapic #instadaily #picoftheday #nature #outdoors #outside #explore #landscape #adventure #app#appalachians #appalachia #wanderlust #trek #trekking
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Repost @carolinatrekker ・・・ Palmetto Trail | Croft State Park | Spartanburg, SC : : : : : The frame of an iron bridge dating from the late 1800s located just off the Palmetto Trail - Croft Passage. : : : : #carolinatrekker #palmettotrail #hike #hiking #upstate #spartanburg #croftstatepark #ironbridge #creek #bridge #trail #instahike #instagood #instadaily #instapic #picoftheday #nature #outdoors #forest #trees #southcarolina #stream #adventure #landscape #explore #discover
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Palmetto Trail | Croft State Park | Spartanburg, SC : : : : : The frame of an iron bridge dating from the late 1800s located just off the Palmetto Trail - Croft Passage. : : : : #carolinatrekker #palmettotrail #hike #hiking #upstate #spartanburg #croftstatepark #ironbridge #creek #bridge #trail #instahike #instagood #instadaily #instapic #picoftheday #nature #outdoors #forest #trees #southcarolina #stream #adventure #landscape #explore #discover #visitspartanburg #local #instagram
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