Author Archives: plugitinhikes

About plugitinhikes

I'm a follower of Christ, married to my "Beautiful Bride" Ashley, dad to 5 children and oh yeah,..... Ultralight backpacking and living outdoors is my thing.

The Ultimate Fire (PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) in First Responders)

When Will “Red Beard” Wood and my Beardedself hiked the Benton MacKaye Trail, our first resupply was in Reliance, TN at a place called Hiwassee Waterwater Co./Flip Flop Burgers. That’s where we met Bryan Mayhew. Even though I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Review of Outmersive Films documentary “The High Sierra Trail”

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to preview the latest documentary by Chris Smead at Outmersive Films (formally known as Chris is Productions) called “The High Sierra Trail”. I consider Chris as a friend of mine and when … Continue reading

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From Rescuer To Rescued (PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) in First Responders)

The subject of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) in the emergency service field is something I’ve felt like I’ve needed to write about for a while now, but never knew what exactly to say. And to be honest, I’ve actually been … Continue reading

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Benton MacKaye Trail – Georgia Section (2/28/2018-3/4/2018)

The planning……. Here in the southeastern United States we are blessed with so many outstanding trails and trail systems. Some are just a few miles to a couple hundred miles long and others are a little over 1100 miles long. … Continue reading

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GSMNP (New Weather / Road Closure Protocols)

First and foremost I want to thank all of our Great Smoky Mountains National Park employees and volunteers for all of their hard work to keep all of our facilities, trails and roads open. As someone who absolutely loves our … Continue reading

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DiY Insulated Water Bottles (Winter Water Bottle Setup)

As an avid winter backpacker, I’ve delt with frozen water bottles way too many times to count. I’ve tried everything to prevent it. I’ve slept with the bottles in my sleeping bag, carried them in my jacket while hiking. Nothing … Continue reading

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2018 Winter Gear & Clothing List

I never hike in the Fall thru Spring without my Black Rock Down Beanie. What’s your “Winter” Gear List?……… I’ve been asked this question more than I can count. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t mind the questions. To be … Continue reading

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