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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Beyond the Dome Presentation Video

Beyond the Dome Video

Lee White’s historic climb of Dome Pit accessed the first new passage in Natural Bridge Caverns in over 50 years. This video documents the history behind this expedition, photos and drone footage of Lee’s climb, in-cave interviews with the owners of Natural Bridge Caverns, and lots of great photos of the discoveries from the expeditions.

Alpine Butterfly


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

Frozen Falls Chamber

Beyond the Dome Photos

Beyond the Dome: photo documentary of the first new passage found in Natural Bridge Caverns in over 50 years! See the huge rooms, massive formations, and amazing colors that these expeditions discovered.