Hiking – AT NOBO – Crampton Gap to Washington Monument

Washington Monument - 03-27-2021

Distance: 9.2 Miles

Hike Time: 4 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

Starting off where we left off on our last Northbound hike of the AT, we continued toward the Washington Monument (not the one in Washington DC). The “original” Washington Monument was first built in 1827 and is located near Boonesboro, Maryland within Washington Monument State Park.

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Gear Review – GoPro batteries from Artman

GoPro Hero7 with Artman batteries and charger

GoPro Batteries

This is a not-so-exciting topic, but it’s an important one if you want to ensure you capture unique moments hiking for hours or days at a time.

I have been using the GoPro Hero7 Black for about 2 years now. It’s a nice little camera for “action” shooting. Although the first time I used it I remember thinking: “Did I charge the battery 100%?” After a few more uses I determined that indeed I had charged the battery 100%. Then I realized that one battery doesn’t get you very far which prompted me to purchase Artman batteries from GoPro. You will see why I opted not to get more batteries directly from GoPro.

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Another weekend backpacking in Dolly Sods – Blackbird Knob and Red Creek Gorge

Red Creek next to camp - 10-10-2020

Total Distance: 9 miles (plus wandering)

Dolly Sods Trail Map

Route Map

Elevation Gain: ~1,500 feet

It was time for a long overdue hike into the woods. 2020 has been a strange year to say the least. It seemed like something came up every time I tried to make plans for a long-term trip. And at this point “long-term” is anything longer than a weekend.

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