Recent Trip Reports & Photos

 

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In July of 2016 Christy and I took our summer trip to Oregon and Washington. We started our trip with several days near Eugene. On the first day we did a fairly short hike to Abiqua Falls. The next day Christy did a mountain biking ride on the McKenzie River Trail while I hiked the Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park.     Photos.
We spent the next day on the coast checking out The Spouting Horn, Thor's Well, and the Devil's Churn at Cape Perpetua.     Photos.
The next day we left Eugene and headed towards Crater Lake National Park. We spent the day visiting several waterfalls and a hot spring in the Umpqua National Forest.     Photos.
We spent the following day hiking and sightseeing in Crater Lake National Park.     Photos.
From there we drove up to Bend to do an extended backpacking trip in the Three Sisters Wilderness.     Photos.
After the backpacking trip, we spent a couple of days visiting waterfalls, hot springs, and caves in the McKenzie River Valley and Deschutes National Forest.     Photos.
Then came the big event - a climb of South Sister Volcano.     Photos.
The next day was a recovery day of sorts, as we visited several waterfalls and caves around Bend.     Photos.
Next, we drove to The Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington, where we camped and we went to two Phish concerts. We also included a vist to Palouse Falls.     Photos
After the concerts, we returned to Oregon, for 3 nights of car camping at Lost Lake outside of Hood River. On the first afternoon we toured the Columbia River Gorge and I did a solo hike to Lower Oneonta Falls. The next day I hiked it again for photos before we hiked together to the many beautiful waterfalls of Eagle Creek.     Photos.
The next day Christy mountain biked to Trillium Lake and I dayhiked to Paradise Park on the northwest side of Mount Hood.     Photos.

In October, 2016 Team Waterfall explored Three Forks, where Overflow Creek, Big Creek, and Holcomb Creek join to form the West Fork of the Chattooga River.     (Photos).
Our October, 2016 hike on the Ledge Trail up and over Hawksbill in Linville Gorge. Photos.
My October, 2016 visit to the Black Mountains with short hikes to Woods Mountain, Green Knob, and The Pinnacle. Photos
In October, Jennifer and I canyoneered up Sam Branch past numerous waterfalls below the Victory Wall. Photos.
In September, 2016, I hiked with Scott to the summit of Cold Mountain and camped with friends on Big Sam Knob. Photos.
My September, 2016 dayhike with Jack, Kitty, Matt, Rick, and David to Raven Cliff Falls on Upper Creek.    Photos
Our September, 2016 kayaking trip on Cedar Creek Reservoir to Great Falls on the Catawba River.     (Photos)
MY September, 2016 visit to the Ozarks in Arkansas, including an evening hike with Spencer and Stephanie to the Tea Table Rocks and two short, solo evening hikes in Petit Jean State Park.     (Photos).
Our September, 2016 3-day backpacking trip in the Shining Rock area, focusing on the many waterfalls of Greasy Cove Prong, Dark Prong, and Yellowstone Prong.     Photos.
My August, 2016 dayhike with Brenda, Scott, and Kyle to Rich Falls on the Thompson River and Hidden Dome Falls.     (Photos).
The next week an assignment in Kansas City gave me the opportunity to visit Ted Grinter's Farm near Lawrence, Kansas during the annual sunflower bloom. Photos In August of 2016 a work assignment in Wichita gave me the opportunity to hike in Kansas. I did an after-work hike at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. I hiked almost 7 miles from the Visitor Center to the Scenic Overlook and back. The biggest highlight was an incredible sunset. Photos Our August, 2016 dayhike with Jonathan, Leigh, Jonathan Jr., and the dogs to explore Buck Creek, a tributary of Steels Creek.    Photos
In August, 2016 Team Waterfall made a major exploration of the Toxaway River, starting at highway 64 and hiking down through the Upper and Lower Narrows to the base of Upper Wintergreen Falls.  - (Photos).
In August, 2016 Spencer, Stephanie, Scott, John, Kyle, Amy, and I explored a portion of the Chattooga River and found a beautiful slot canyon!     (Photos).
Photos from our June, 2016 dayhike with the dogs from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge in the Roan Highlands. Roan Highlands photos.
My June, 2016 dayhike with Darrin, Scott, Jennifer, and the dogs up Opossum Creek. We started out with the hike to a great beach on the Chattooga River and then continued up to Opossum Creek Falls. From there we bushwhacked and creek walked upstream to Upossum Falls on Opossum Creek and Sid's Falls on Shoulder Bone Branch. We also discovered Sparkle Falls along the way!     (Photos)
Photos from Spencer's birthday party camping weekend on Suzy's Knob, with a visit to Steels Creek Falls.     (Photos)
Our May, 2016, kayaking trip on Fontana Lake. We camped two nights and I hiked and bushwhacked to Bear Creek Falls.     Photos
Photos from our dayhike with Brenda and Jackie to Slate Rock Creek and Forked Ridge in the North Mills River Area.    (Photos)

My May, 2016 dayhike with Team Waterfall to August Cave and Panthertown Valley.     (Photos).
Photos from a short hike with Spencer, Jo, Leigh, Preston, and Kyle to Van Patton Shoals on the Enoree River near Woodruff, SC.    (Photos)

Photos from a day exploring Sassafras Mountain (NC) and the headwaters of Silver Run Creek in search of Fulfillment Falls with Spencer and Scott.    (Photos)

Photos from a solo hike in the Middle Prong Wilderness to Middle Prong Falls.     (Photos)

My April, 2016 exploration of the Tallulah River headwaters in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area.     Photos.
My April, 2016 dayhike with Thomas and Kitty to Henson Creek, Westface Rock, and Fantasy Creek. in Linville Gorge.     Photos
Photos from a visit to the waterfalls on Little Cove Creek and tributaries in the Green River Gamelands, with Spencer, Jonathan, Daniel, Jonathan, Leigh, and Jonathan:     (Photos)

Our March, 2016 trip to the Cumberland Plateau, beginning with a night camping with Team Waterfall in NC, a night camping at Whigg Meadow near the Cherohala Skyway, and an off-trail dayhike with Daniel to the base of Falling Water Falls near Chattanooga.     (Photos)
Next we did a dayhike to The Walls of Jericho, a remote canyon featuring waterfalls, cliffs, and caves.     (Photos).
Next we spent a couple of days car camping, dayhiking, and mountain biking in DeSoto State Park and the Little River Canyon.    (Photos)
After spending a few days in DeSoto State Park and the Little River Canyon in Alabama, we returned to Tennessee for some more waterfalls. We hiked to Dry Creek Falls, Virgin Falls, and Upper Piney Falls.     (Photos) .
We finished a week-long trip on the Cumberland Plateau with a dayhike with friends from Michigan on the Appalachian Trail from Lemon Gap to Max Patch.     Photos


Photos from another visit to the waterfalls on Rocky Bottom Creek in Pickens County, SC:     (Photos)
Photos from a exploratory hike to some waterfalls in Greenville County, SC:     (Photos)
Our March, 2016 caving trip with Rocky, Spencer, Stephanie, and Thomas to Worley's Cave.     (Photos)
Photos from a February 2016 Team Waterfall exploration of Hurricane Wall in Linville Gorge.
My February, 2016 dayhike with Jennifer and Brenda to explore the upper part of Rocky Bottom Creek. We found five major waterfalls that were previously undocumented! It was one of our biggest successes to date.     (Photos).
Photos of February 2016 Team Waterfall hikes to waterfalls on Lower Higgins Creek and Ramsey Creek.
My February, 2016 dayhike with Jennifer and Brenda to the Eastatoe Gorge, including the discovery of Tower Falls and Nya's Falls on Laurel Branch.      Map     (Photos).
My January, 2016 dayhike with Spencer, Scott, Jennifer, and Boone from highway 107 to Terrapin Mountain, where we were treated to incredible views.     (Photos).
My January, 2016 dayhike with Team Waterfall to Stillhouse Falls and Elmo's Falls on Fork Creek.     (Photos).
In January, 2016, on a last-minute trip to Pennsylvania, I stopped in the New River Gorge National Recreation Area for a short hike in knee deep snow to Long Point. Photos.
Photos from my January, 2016 exploratory hike with Darrin, Bob, Bob's son Aaron, and Jake near Jones Gap State Park, SC. We found several previously undocumented waterfalls and two cliffs with great views. photos.


In January of 2016 I returned to San Antonio for another work assignment. This time I was able to spend 5 days hiking and camping in the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend National Parks. I spent the first few nights at the Pine Springs Campground in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. On the first full day I visited Carlsbad Caverns, in New Mexico, where I took the Kings Palace tour and explored the Big Room on my own.     (Photos)
The next day I planned to hike to Mount Hunter, but a blizzard that morning made me reconsider. Instead, I hiked the Devil's Den slot canyon, which was beautiful in the snow.     (Photos)
On my final day in the park I finally hiked to the summit of
Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas.     (Photos)
I finished my trip with 2 days of backpacking in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park.     (Photos)

Photos from our January, 2016 dayhike at World's Edge in Chimney Rock State Park in Hickory Nut Gorge, NC. Photos.
Photos from my December, 2015 exploratory dayhike with Spencer, Stephanie, Dillon, Lauren, Trey, Mandi, and the dogs in the South Mountains of NC. We found two virtually unknown waterfalls on unnamed streams, along with an old cemetery and an abandoned school bus. Photos.
My December, 2015 long weekend with Christy to the Cumberland Plateau, including Noccalula Falls, the Little River Canyon, and De Soto Falls in Alabama and Foster Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Rainbow Falls in Tennessee.     (Photos)
My November, 2015 solo exploratory dayhikes in the South Mountains. I visited the waterfall on Somey Creek and found some undocumented waterfalls on Roper Creek. Photos.
My November, 2015 hike with Christy and the dogs to Buzzards Roost, the highest peak in the South Mountains. Photos.
My November, 2015 backpacking trip with Preston, Spencer, Scott, and more friends to John's Kitchen on Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge. Photos.
My November, 2015 dayhike with Brenda and the dogs to Rumbling Bald, Party Rock, and Eagle Rock in Hickory Nut Gorge. Photos.
My November, 2015 dayhike with Johnny and the dogs to Sid's Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Riley Moore Falls in SC. Photos.
My November, 2015 dayhike with Darrin along North Harper Creek. Photos.
Three October, 2015 dayhikes to Hurricane Wall and Sitting Bear in Linville Gorge at the peak of fall color. Photos.
My October, 2015 dayhike with Rocky, Joe, Thomas, Kitty, and Stephanie to the upper Whitewater River gorge. Photos.
My October, 2015 dayhike with Jack, Thomas, and Kitty to John B Neale Falls and Bernie's Falls in the Nantahala National Forest. Photos.
My October, 2015 dayhike with with Josh, Chris, Michael, and Wally on LOST (Lower Original Scramblers Trail). The route follows the original path of the Rockjock Trail, connecting Bluejay Point, One Bat Cave, Little Seneca, and Zen Canyon. It features incredible cliffs above and sheer dropoffs below. Also included are photos from a solo hike to Crabtree falls that morning. Photos.
Two October, 2015 after-work evening hikes. First I hiked with Scott and Nancy from Fisher Creek to The Pinnacle above Sylva. We stayed for sunset and hiked back down in the dark. The next day I hiked solo from Waterrock Knob to Yellow Face and Blackrock. Photos.
Two October, 2015 evening hikes in the Little Canada area. The first was a solo hike to Upper Sols Creek Falls. The second was a hike with Scott and Thomas to the top of Cedar Cliff above Bear Creek Lake and Cedar Cliff Lake. Photos.
My October, 2015 short hikes with Christy and the dogs in the rain to several waterfalls in and around Little Canada and Highlands. The next day Dillon joined us for a hike to Cold Mountain in Panthertown Valley. The fall color was spectacular! Photos.
October, 2015 Brenda and I enjoyed fall color and a sea of fog in the valley below from Chestnut Knob and Devil's Courthouse before bushwhacking to the brink of uppermost waterfall on Sam Branch. Photos.
Team Waterfall's hiking and camping trip in the Jocassee Gorges in September, 2015. We river walked up the Thompson River from Lake Jocassee to Big Falls, bushwhacked to the base of Lower Whitewater Falls, and explored the upper Whitewater River's slot canyon.     (Photos).
In September, 2015 Team Waterfall returned to the Upper Whitewater gorge to further explore the slot canyon. This time I swam up the slot canyon from the brink of Exit Falls to view Little Canyon Falls.     (Photos).
My September, 2015 hike with Dillon, Lauren, and the dogs in theCourthouse Creek area. We hiked to 6 waterfalls, including Kiesee, Upper Kiesee, Chestnut, Courthouse, Cody, and Cathy's Creek Falls.      Photos.
In August, 2015 Jack, Brenda and I returned to Little Cove Creek in the Green River Gamelands. We discovered 3 more waterfalls, including our most thrilling discovery to date - Cavern Falls. Jack's trip report with photos     My Photos.
In August, 2015 Spencer, Stephanie, Scott and spent a weekend around Cashiers and Highlands. On Saturday we explored the upper Whitewater River above highway 281. We found 11 waterfalls, a cave, and an incredible slot canyon.     (Photos). On Sunday we explored Granite City and hiked to the top of Blackrock Mountain.     (Photos).


In July, 2015 Christy and I returned to Alaska. This trip focused on the rain forest of southeastern Alaska.

Part one features 4+ days near Juneau. On our first full day, we hiked the West Glacier Trail above the Mendenhall Glacier..     (Photos).
The next day we did a rainy hike at Point Bridget State Park.     (Photos).
On Tuesday we did another rainy day hike to the Herbert Glacier.     (Photos).
Our final hike in the Juneau area was on the Perseverance Trail along Gold Creek to Ebner Falls, Lurvey Falls, and the AJ Glory Hole.     (Photos).


In Part two we traveled to Glacier Bay for a six-day sea kayaking trip.     (Photos).
Next we paddled from Scidmore Bay to the Reid Glacier and the John Hopkins Glacier.    (Photos).
The next day we paddled back down the bay to Ptarmigan Creek before embarking on a killer bushwhack to the top of a ridge with an incredible aerial view of Glacier Bay.    (Photos).
We concluded our trip with a paddle from Ptarmigan Creek back to Scidmore Bay and Blue Mouse Cove.     (Photos). After catching the tour boat back to Park Headquarters I did a short hike to the Bartlett River. That night we took the ferry back to Juneau to rest and prepare for the next portion of our trip.

Part 3 of our trip was a long weekend in Sitka. After a ferry ride from Juneau, we took a water taxi to Kruzof Island so we could climb Mount Edgecumbe.     (Photos).
We spent our last couple of days in Sitka hiking to Indian River Falls and checking out totem poles.     (Photos).

Part 4 of our trip started with a ferry ride from Juneau to Skagway.     (Photos). We spent a couple of days in town and did several hikes, including Upper Dewey Lake and Lower Reid Creek Falls.
Then we spent 3 days following in the foot steps of the prospectors of the 1898 Klondike gold rush, backpacking the Chilkoot Trail.     (Photos).

Part 5 of our trip started with a drive from Skagway to Whitehorse and Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory, followed by dayhikes in the Tombstone Mountains.     (Photos). I hiked to Grizzly Lake solo on the first day, and we did the Goldensides Trail together on the second day. Then we drove back towards Whitehorse and camped at Takhini Hot Springs. From there we drove to Kluane National Park and camped at Kathleen Lake. we only did one hike in Kluane, but it was a monster as we climbed Mount Decoeli.     (Photos). We finished the trip with a drive to Haines where I did hikes to Seduction Point and Mount Riley.     (Photos).



Photos from our July, 2015 backpacking trip and 4th of July celebration at Fire Ant on the Mountain, in SC: 4th of July photos.
Photos from a Team Waterfall camping trip on Bear Creek Lake with hikes to Sols Creek Falls, Verde Falls on Robinson Creek, and Bonas Defeat: Bear Creek Lake photos.
Photos from a visit to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium photos.
Photos from a hike to Bernie's Falls with Christy and Brenda: Bernie's Falls photos.
Photos from High Falls on the West Fork of the Tuckaseegee River during the June dam release, with Christy: High Falls photos.
Photos from a hike to Cooks Wall in Hanging Rock State Park with Stephanie and her father Wayne: Hanging Rock Photos.
Photos from my June, 2015 dayhikes in the Roan Highlands. The morning hike was with Brenda from Hughes Gap to Carvers Gap. The afternoon hike was with Matt and Rick from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge and back. Roan Highlands photos.
The May, 2015 celebration of Spencer's birthday on Suzy's Knob, with an after-midnight hike to Russell Creek Cave and a hike to Steels Creek Falls.     Photos
Photos from a short hike with Spencer, Stephanie, Dillon, and Lauren to Cedar Falls, near Fountain Inn, SC.
Photos from a short hike with Spencer to Spencer's Rock.
Photos from my May, 2015 dayhike with Brenda, Dillon, and the dogs to the Harmon Den area northwest of Asheville.
In May, 2015 Darrin, Jack, Spencer, Stephanie, and Dillon and I finally reached the very base of the biggest drop of Windy Falls on the Horsepasture River.   (Photos)
My May, 2015 dayhike with Brenda combining the Woody Ridge Trail, the Black Mountain Crest, and the Colbert Ridge Trail.     Photos
Photos from our May, 2015 dayhike from the Roaring Creek Trailhead to Grassy Ridge in the Roan Highlands.
In April, 2015 I spent a full weekend in the Jocassee Gorges area. After a solo hike to waterfalls on Auger Fork Creek, Team Waterfall hiked to the base of Whitewater Falls, camped at the brink, and hiked to High Falls, Rich Falls, and Big Falls on the Thompson River.  - (Photos)    - .
My April, 2015 exploratory hike with Brenda and the dogs to several virtually unknown waterfalls and a cave on Wild Hog Creek near Rocky Bottom, SC.     (Photos).
My April, 2015 hikes with Rick on Clinch Mountain in southwest Virginia, to The Great Channels of Virginia and Beartown Mountain. The Great Channels of Virginia are a series of deep, narrow passageways in a sandstone outcrop on Middle Knob. Beartown Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Virginia, and is extremely difficult to access.     (Photos).
Photos from an April, 2015 family trip to Mount Jefferson and a visit to St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Jefferson to see the frescoes.     Photos
Photos from an April, 2015 solo, pre-dawn hike to Three Top Mountain. I hiked to Huckleberry Knob for sunrise, and the bushwhacked over to Big Rock.     Photos
Photos from an April, 2015 hike with Bob J on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from the Parkway north of The Lump to the Cascades at Jeffress Park.     Photos
Photos from my April, 2015 dayhike with Christy in the Mount Rogers, VA area from Massie Gap to Rhododendron Gap and Thomas Knob (Photos).
Photos from an April, 2015 family hike in Grayson Highlands State Park to lower Wilburn Ridge and the waterfalls on Cabin Creek. (Photos).
In March, 2015 Jack and I discovered a previously undocumented waterfall on Ostin Creek in the Green River Game Lands. Kevin Adams named it Fungi Falls after me. Jack's trip report     My Photos.
Photos from our March, 2015 1/2 day hike with Brenda, Johnny, and Cynthia to Pinnacle Falls on Abner Creek and 1/2 day hike with Brenda to the brink of Sassafras Falls. (Photos).
My March, 2015 dayhike with Spencer, Stephanie, Darrin, and Mitch in Linville Gorge. We hiked off-trail from Kistler to the river, visiting Window Rock, Hummingbird Falls, the Linville Crags, a series of caves, and Cathedral Falls along the way.     Photos
My March, 2015 dayhike with Brenda, Darrin, Mitch, Jack, Spencer, Stephanie, Dillon, Thomas, Kitty, and the dogs to Pinnacle Falls on Abner Creek near Rocky Bottom, followed by a visit to Bob's Place and a hike to Big Rock Mountain in the Nine Times Range.     (Photos).
The next weekend I returned to Pinnacle Falls with Christy, Brenda, Johnny, Cynthia, and the dogs. Afterwards Christy, Brenda, and I bushwhacked to the brink of Sassafras Falls. I returned to show the falls to Christy, Johnny, and Cynthia and to get better (Photos).
In March, 2015 a job assignment in San Antonio, Texas gave me the opportunity to visit Big Bend National Park. I spent two nights camping at Stillwell Ranch and did several hikes. I did a long hike in the Chisos Mountains to Emory Peak and the South Rim, and also hiked to The Chimneys and in Santa Elena Canyon.     (Photos)
Our February, 2015 dayhike
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