The tower at Clingmans Dome.

Highest Point on the Appalachian Trail

I made it to Fontana Dam, the gateway to the Smokies. They’re gorgeous. Amazing views from Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. Then my socks froze solid.

Bennett hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Leading the Pack

Apparently I am leading the pack for north bound (NOBO) thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Not sure how because I’m super slow.

Looking back at my footprints in the snow.

First Snow on the Trail

Huge storm hit while I was the Appalachian Trail. Fortunately, I was able to get off trail, then enjoy the fresh snow-covered trails afterwards.

North Carolina and Georgia border on the Appalachian Trail.

Done with Georgia!

Done with Georgia and into North Carolina. Here’s an update on my injuries and adventures in the first two weeks on the Appalachian Trail.

Bennett near the top of Amicalola Falls.

Appalachian Trail: The Beginning

The start of my Appalachain Trail adventure, from Amicalola Falls to Neel Gap. This is also the start of my larger attempt of the Calendar Year Triple Crown, hiking nearly 8,000 miles in one single year.

Calendar Year Triple Crown 2023

My Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC) of 2023: a solo hike of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trails. Nearly 8,000 miles in one year.

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Ascending Multi-System

Ascending Multi-System

Use the Ascending Multi-System to easily switch among all major ascending systems: Frog, Rope Walker, Mitchell, and Texas. Includes comparison charts, step-by-step building instructions, emergency repair, and printable field guide.

Oscar Berrones watches while Pam Campbell ascends Devil's Sinkhole.

Missing Bats at Devil’s Sinkhole

The bats at Devil’s Sinkhole in Texas were mysteriously missing. Three intrepid cavers rappelled into the football-field-sized cavern to learn why.

Alpine Butterfly


Compilation of the most commonly used caving knots, including a printable workbook containing detailed tying instructions and photos.