Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend? Asheville Citizen-Times, NC – Jul 7, 2007 The Mount Mitchell observation tower and tower trail will be closed due to construction until further notice. There will also be trail detours on the Old …Continue reading
250 have climbed Mount Washington in the Seek The Peak Hike A Thon to benefit the mountain’s observatory.
Backcountry accident reports: Big Bradley Falls and South Sister, Oregon.
The Blue Ridge Parkway north of Mount Mitchell which had been closed because a landslide from a 2004 hurricane in finally open.
Backcountry accident reports through February 14, 2006.
Ken Gauger has released a series of very detailed images identifying the mountain peaks from Mount Mitchell, Clingmans and Brasstown Bald.
The Knox News reports a 60-year-old woman fell 35 feet down a ravine while hiking the paved Laurel Falls trail about six miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center when she fell about 35 feet.
I’ve been a bit under the weather for the past month or so but am now getting caught up. Here’s some additional storm info and the big snows that occurred when Wilma going up the coast from Florida slammed into the season’s first big cold front. Continue reading
North Carolina has unveiled the design for the Mount Mitchell Sumit Tower.
WCNC reports a rope snapped resulting in a 70 foot fatal fall on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.
AP stories report Matthew Shultz was airlifted after attempting to hike 71 miles of the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when he became incoherent after rain and snow got the hiking group unprepared.. They had started at Fontana Lake, NC. 8 inches of snow was on the ground at the rescue site at the Derrick Knob Shelter at 4,880 feet). Snow blew into the shelter, freezing their supplies and the hiker became incoherent. Three hikers stayed behind with while two others hiked 8 miles out to get help
Update March 10:
Pennsylvania newspapers are playing up the story with headlines along the lines of “Messiah group rescues hikers” in referring to the stranded hikers were met initially by a group Messiah College near Lancaster.