2007 Off Road Bike Assault on Mount Mitchell

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

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250 Climb Mount Washington in Seek the Peak Hike A Thon

250 have climbed Mount Washington in the Seek The Peak Hike A Thon to benefit the mountain’s observatory.
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Accidents: Fatality at Big Bradley Falls North Carolina and South Sister Oregon Rescue

Backcountry accident reports: Big Bradley Falls and South Sister, Oregon.
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Blue Ridge Parkway North of Mount Mitchell Finally Reopens

The Blue Ridge Parkway north of Mount Mitchell which had been closed because a landslide from a 2004 hurricane in finally open.
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Coverage of 2006 Mount Mitchell Marathon

Here’s coverage of the 2006 Mount Mitchell Marathon which takes place on the last weekend of each February.

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February 14, 2006 Backcountry Accident Reports

Backcountry accident reports through February 14, 2006.
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Panoramas With Peaks Identified From NC, TN, GA Summits

Ken Gauger has released a series of very detailed images identifying the mountain peaks from Mount Mitchell, Clingmans and Brasstown Bald.
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Woman Falls 35 Feet Down Ravine on Laurel Falls Trail in Smokies

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.


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Wilma’s Big Snow/Blow From Brasstown to Katahdin

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. (more…)


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New Design for Mount Mitchell Tower

Mount Mitchell Rendering of Tower North Carolina has unveiled the design for the Mount Mitchell Sumit Tower.
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Hurricane Damaged Blue Ridge Parkway By Mount Mitchell Opens Again

The 11-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway by Mount Mitchell damaged in the 2004 hurricanes has opened for the second time this season.
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70 Foot Fatal Fall on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina

WCNC reports a rope snapped resulting in a 70 foot fatal fall on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.


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Heavy Rains Close Blue Ridge Parkway by Mount Mitchell Again

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports heavy rains over the weekend closed the Mount Mitchell to NC 80 section of the Blue Ridge Parkway which had just reopened after hurricane damage from last year.
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Blue Ridge Parkway by Mount Mitchell To Reopen

AP reports Blue Ridge Parkway between Mount Mitchell and N.C. 80 will be open in time for Memorial Day weekend although a short section will be only one lane.
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Hiker Airlifted After Snow on AT in the Smokies

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.


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