This weekend a few friends and I hiked to Gregory Bald. This was a bit of a challenging hike with 3,000 feet of climbing in the first half (then descending 3,000 feet back to the car). The bald doesn't have any trees, only has azalea bushes, so there are beautiful views in all directions (including overlooking Cades Cove). We were about 2 weeks early to see the azaleas bloom. There were buds though. This was a great spring hike with a lot of flowers and greenery.
April 21, 2018 friends and I went to the South Clear wall at Obed. It was a beautiful day. I climbed Comic Relief Left (5.8+) and Jungle Gym (5.6), and tried Backlash (5.10a)
On March 18, 2018 I hiked the Honey Creek Loop Trail in Big South Fork Tennessee. This was a beautiful hike along many creeks. There was bright green moss everywhere. Would love to go back in warmer weather.
On February 10, 2018 my friends and I went to Red River Gorge, Kentucky to climb. To avoid the rain as much as possible, we climbed Bruise Brothers Wall in the Muir Valley Nature Preserve and Climbing Arena because it has a large roof. Luckily, we got a few good climbs in before the wall became too wet.
January 27, 2018 we went climbing at Devils Race Track in Tennessee. This is a really cool area. Fins of rock jut out of the mountain and form the climbing walls. It took us 3 hours to find the wall we wanted to climb. We ended up just hiking to the top of the mountain and looking down from there. This area was recently in a wild fire, so the landscape looked eerie with the steep slope and burned plants.
January 14, 2018 friends and I went on a winter hike on the Mt. Sterling / Big Creek Loop. This was a challenging hike but a lot of fun. There are many stream crossings and the view from the top of Mt. Sterling is great.
November 4, 2017 friends and I went on a "fall colors" hike on the Chimney Tops Trail. This hike is quite short but really steep (some parts are just a staircase). The hike was really pretty. Many of the trees had changed colors. Unfortunately, the top of the trail was closed due to damage from the wildfires. This was still a fun hike.
Image of the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 in Decatur Tennessee. A few sunspots are visible. This was taken through the eyepiece of my dad's telescope. We input the negative coordinates for the Earth so the telescope could track the sun, and of course we had the sun filter on.
December 28, 2016 my family and I went hiking on Roan Mountain. This is a pretty hike, mostly because the trail follows the crest of a grassy bald. The forests give way, and the summit is just a meadow. There are unobstructed views in all directions. Roan Mountain also has the largest natural rhododendron garden which blooms in the summer.
October 22, 2016 my friends and I hiked Charlies Bunion trail. This was supposed to be a "fall colors" hike but turned into more of a winter hike. The top of the trail was covered in frost. This made a pretty contrast between the white frost and the colorful leaves.