Monthly Archives: January 2014

Episode 12 – Gatlinburg Space Needle, Lousy Mountain Views, and the Jump Off Hike

Gregory Bald in the Smoke

In this episode, we visit quite literally one of the largest (certainly tallest) landmarks around the Smokies, the Gatlinburg Space Needle.  At 407 feet, this landmark towers above everything except the mountains themselves.  It has been delighting guests since 1969

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Episode 11 – Getting your buzz on, listener questions, and the Sugarland Valley Nature Trail


In this episode, we talk the Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery in downtown Gatlinburg, I answer listener emails, and cover the Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail. The Ole Smoky Distillery is the most visited in the United States.  You want samples?  They’ve

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Episode 10 – Time to Gamble, the Appalachian Trail, and Hiking Stoves

Appalachian Trail Sign

In this episode, we discuss news from the Smokies including mountain rescues, hitting the jackpot at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, hiker camp stoves, and all about the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Mountains.   Links: Smoky Mountains Rescue

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More Unnecessary Rescues Needed

winter smokies

Three men were recently rescued from the Smoky Mountains along the Appalachian Trail when they became stuck high on the mountain.  The three men set off from the southern terminus of the Appalachian trail in the Smoky Mountains at Fontana

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Episode 9 – Baby It’s Cold Outside – layering, Metcalf Bottoms, Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Walker Sisters Cabin

In our triumphant return after the holiday, we discuss layering during the cold winter months in the mountains, news from around the mountains, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week, the Metcalf Bottoms Trail to the

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