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Re: The Hiking Thread

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Favorite hikes along the blue ridge parkway, close to asheville?
Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam's Knob to Mountains to Sea Trail. Great loop, has everything, about 7.5 miles. Start and end in two different parking lots able a quarter mile from each other on 215. Best off parking at Mtns to Sea and go down to Flat Laurel Creek.

https://www.hikewnc.info/trails/black-b ... urel-creek
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Re: The Hiking Thread

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GoCubsGo wrote:
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JTA wrote:
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Favorite hikes along the blue ridge parkway, close to asheville?
Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam's Knob to Mountains to Sea Trail. Great loop, has everything, about 7.5 miles. Start and end in two different parking lots able a quarter mile from each other on 215. Best off parking at Mtns to Sea and go down to Flat Laurel Creek.

https://www.hikewnc.info/trails/black-b ... urel-creek
Bad. Ass. I'm gonna check it out real soon. Gratzi!
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Lady O and I rode on the Katy Trail out of Rocheport, MO today.. https://mostateparks.com/park/katy-trail-state-park

High buttes overlooking the Missouri River, generally following the Lewis & Clark route.
Super cool I had no idea that even existed!

I love the Missouri River. Lots of history.
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Unread post by O Really » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:32 pm

It is a fine trail. Hard-packed limestone/light stone. Smooth enough for those who ride skinny-tired bikes, and very comfortable for those of us who ride mountain bikes. Lots of places to see, scenic stop-offs, well-used but not (at least today) very crowded. A lot of it goes through open farmland, but the parts around the 179 mile marker and for at least 10 miles or so down-river are arguably the best. Right beside the river, and the topography is spectacular. Anytime you're trying to get through Missouri with minimum misery, pick a place to ride some of the Katy.

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GoCubsGo wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:56 pm
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Favorite hikes along the blue ridge parkway, close to asheville?
Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam's Knob to Mountains to Sea Trail. Great loop, has everything, about 7.5 miles. Start and end in two different parking lots able a quarter mile from each other on 215. Best off parking at Mtns to Sea and go down to Flat Laurel Creek.

https://www.hikewnc.info/trails/black-b ... urel-creek
You think it's worth a hike to the Sam knob summit? Sometimes you get to the top and can't see anything. it looks like it's ~1 mile up and back. Don't know if you checked this out as well:

Map: https://www.hikewnc.info/besthikes/blac ... m/sam-knob
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Unread post by JTA » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:49 pm

Wait nevermind. It says the trail doesn't go to the summit. Hah.
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Unread post by JTA » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:23 pm

Has anyone hiked Black Mountain Crest trail up at Mt Mitchell? It looks really neat.

Here's a pretty good synopsis: https://www.hikingupward.com/PNF/BlackM ... restTrail/

Been thinking about starting at Mt Mitchell, head to the Summit of Winter Star Mountian, and back. ~10 miles round trip.
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From my last hike outside the city. Go a hundred miles in any direction (and a thousand miles in some directions) and it'll look exactly the same.
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That's down near the border, where the ending of the Logan movie takes place. You know, where the red desert sand gives way to a snow-capped mountain range with a pass leading into Manitoba.
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From my last hike outside the city. Go a hundred miles in any direction (and a thousand miles in some directions) and it'll look exactly the same.

IMG_6209.JPG

That's down near the border, where the ending of the Logan movie takes place. You know, where the red desert sand gives way to a snow-capped mountain range with a pass leading into Manitoba.
Flat, wide open spaces like that have their own unique charm. Mountains are nice, but sometimes the openness of the plains are nice too.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:25 pm

North Dakota is nice, too, except where the tree blocks the view.
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North Dakota is nice, too, except where the tree blocks the view.
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Unread post by JTA » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:57 am

Yesterday I spent all day hiking the Deep Gap/Black Mountain Crest trail from Mt Mitchell to Winter star peak and back. It was rainy and cold and foggy all morning, but the clouds eventually broke and it was a beautiful day.

The hike was incredibly difficult. My knee started feeling funked up so the way back was a brutal 5 mile hobble full of pain.

Do you guys use trekking poles? I've heard they help a lot. I think my left knee doesn't pivot correctly or something, so my leg ends up hurting badly when I do a lot of descents, especially when there's a lot of "steps". Maybe a knee brace will help?
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Unread post by Vrede too » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:06 am

Just a 6 inch Ace wrap can make a big difference, but I bought a velcro knee brace that helps. If it's really bad see an orthopedist, but mine is just an occasional twinge.
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Unread post by O Really » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:41 am

Lady O and I got trekking poles (Leki's) probably 12-15 years ago. They make a huge difference in hiking moderate to difficult trails, particularly going downhill and crossing streams. The actual effect is to change from walking with two legs, to using four, as you're also using arms for balance, propulsion, and brakes. Borrow a pair and try them out.

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Unread post by k9nanny » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:20 pm

I see lots of poles at Flat Rock Park, and that's easy walking. I'm told they take a lot of pressure off your back, but I can't use them because I always have a dog with me.

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Unread post by O Really » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:10 pm

I don't know about the back, but they make a big difference in stability on shifting surfaces like light gravel, wet clay, leaves, etc. They're also good on uphill steps, where you have the additional pull-up with the arms.

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I don't know about the back, but they make a big difference in stability on shifting surfaces like light gravel, wet clay, leaves, etc. They're also good on uphill steps, where you have the additional pull-up with the arms.
Do you recommend foldable (three pieces), or the collapsible (single piece, doesn't collapse down as small though). I was leaning towards the latter.
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Unread post by O Really » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:33 pm

We use the one-piece collapsible type. They get down to about two feet, but we rarely take them down anyway.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:52 pm

I'm not a walking stick person, but if performance is the same I would go with the shorter when collapsed type. There are too many times when I feel they're a hassle and/or want both hands free. I'd rather it be mostly out of the way when stowed in a daypack or otherwise.
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Unread post by O Really » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:53 am

Yeah, depends on where you hike and go with them. In our case we're either on a hike/walk on which we use them, or we don't take them. Not much carrying them around or packing them into a carry-on.

JTA - there is a little bit of a technique to using them to best advantage. The straps at the handle are used to support your wrist and thus engage your whole arm in the motion. You don't grip the handle very tight at all. If you try to use them solely by hand grip, you'll get tired in a hurry.

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