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.

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

Posted in DiY Gear, Hiking, Ultralight Backpacking, Uncategorized, Winter Backpacking | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Black Rock Gear, Goosefeet Gear, Hiking, Ultralight Backpacking, Winter Backpacking, Zpacks | 6 Comments

Florida Trail Ocala Section Hike (Dec 8-11, 2017)

Day 1: Fri. (Dec. 8, 2017) – ~19 miles to Stealth Camp Past Farles Lake My beardedself, Chad Poindexter of Stick’s Blog and his son Matthew, Craig Smith and Ben Smith of Goosefeet Gear road down in Craig’s vehicle together … Continue reading

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A Finally of Epic Proportions(A Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thru-Hike) Week 4 to Finish #fastestgsmnp900miler2

With the first three weeks going about as good as they could possible go with me coming straight off the couch. And with me slowly recovering from rolling my right ankle. I was ready to put those days behind me … Continue reading

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From Coach to Trail (A Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thru-Hike) Start to Week 3 #fastestgsmnp900miler2

As most of you know by now, I’m thru-hiking the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. And I’m attempting to set a new fastest time. Not the Feet! Back during mid summer, I ended up getting Planters Fasciitis in my left … Continue reading

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Art Loeb Trail (Mar. 25-26, 2017)

The Art Loeb Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has been on my list since last October when I attended a “Mens Gospel Campout” that my good friend Jeremy Puskas aka “Brother Bones” of Bonefire Gear hosts … Continue reading

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