The Most Beautiful Ditch in the East: Tips for Exploring the Linville Gorge Hiking Circuit

first_img“The Grand Canyon of the East,” North Carolina’s Linville Gorge, is located entirely in the Pisgah National Forest. This wilderness area provides a playground for all types of outdoor lovers. Sightseers and day hikers commonly visit the various deep swimming holes and gorgeous waterfalls that mark the Linville River. A wide range of trailheads allows for manageable day hikes to premier climbing routes such as Sitting Bear Rock, Table Rock and Amphitheatre. However, Linville Gorge is probably best known for its hiking circuit. Often said to have the most difficult terrain east of the Rocky Mountains, the Linville Gorge Hiking Circuit attracts visitors from all over the country.5Locals to the area cherish this wilderness gem. In fact, those who so often find themselves wandering the woods of the Linville Gorge Wilderness have earned the prestigious nickname “Gorge Rats.” My husband Joel and I spent many months together in the town of Boone – just 45 minutes from Linville. Living in the area surrounding the Linville Gorge, we put in countless hours exploring the rim of the Gorge – hiking short trails and camping on sites along the access roads. This year we sat on the edge of the Wiseman’s View scenic overlook and peered out over the enchanting wilderness. In that moment we decided it was about time we hiked down into the Gorge, camped by the side of the rushing river, and allowed ourselves to be tested by the strenuous hiking circuit.9A few months later, we loaded our packs and headed into the Linville Gorge for a three-day backpacking trip. We made several crucial preparations before leaving home that I would strongly suggest to anyone planning to hike the trails of the Linville Gorge Hiking Circuit: we researched the route, read online Linville Gorge hiking forums and purchased Phil Phelan’s guidebook, “Linville Gorge Hiking Circuit.” Not all trails on the Linville Gorge Loop are well beaten and often the blazed trail can be difficult to follow, so, it is imperative to be prepared and well equipped. In my opinion, no one should step foot into the Linville Gorge Wilderness without, at the least, a compass and topographic map.untitled11Another important preparation for hiking the Linville Gorge Wilderness is, like with any backpacking trip, to consider your water sources. For shorter hikes, you may choose to carry in your supply of drinking water. However, there are no potable water sources within the Gorge. So, if you plan to hike for an extended time, be sure to bring along a filtering system. Apart from avoiding becoming lost, another great reason to bring along a guidebook is for locating quality spots to replenish your water supply. We had been warned to avoid filtering water from the Linville River as it is polluted with farm runoff. So, we opted to filter water from the springs and streams along our hike. Phil Phelan’s guide was helpful for knowing when and where to fill up our water.7There are loads of trailheads that give you the option to hike shorter portions of the Linville Gorge Hikers Circuit. During our three-day trek we made a few mental notes of killer campsites that would be fun to hike into for an overnight trip. Babel Tower, being one of those, can be reached with a day hike from Babel Tower trailhead. However, to complete the hikers circuit, or even a modified version of it, park in the Pine Gap trailhead parking area. The Gorge Circuit begins from the middle of the parking lot on a trail that can be, at times, unrecognizable. A well-beaten trail to the southern corner of the parking lot marked with a “Linville Gorge Wilderness” sign will be the point of return for the hiker circuit.untitled2If you are up for the challenge, the Gorge will win your heart as it pushes you, wears you out and then rewards you with beauty. Those who have walked its soil before have left behind many scattered campsites, each with a small fire pit assembled from rocks found nearby. The best sites come with an incredible view and level ground to sleep on. Weekend hikers must apply for a required permit through the National Park Service.However, if you go on a weekday (like we did), not only will you not need a permit; but you might just have the whole place to yourself. During the three days we spent in the Linville Gorge Wilderness, we only saw one other couple and their dogs. It was refreshing to find ourselves secluded among the soaring mountains and rushing river.9Completing the Linville Gorge Hikers Circuit entails 16,605 ft. of elevation change and 33.93 miles of scaling several mountains, crawling up and down 70-degree inclines and crossing the rushing river. Be prepared to follow your compass, bathe in the river, be awestruck by flawless views and tango with a few copperhead snakes. Whether day hiking or thru hiking the hikers circuit, anytime spent in the Linville Gorge is a transformative experience. We like to call the seemingly magical effect this wilderness has on those who forge its trails a “gorge cleanse.” It is surly a trip you will not regret taking.In order to maintain the “magic,” the most important piece of advice I can give those planning to hike into the Gorge is, “Play your part in preserving the beauty by leaving no trace behind.”Related:last_img read more

Indonesia records highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases amid easing policy

first_imgIt was the country’s highest increase in a day after recording 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalThe spike came as the government and several regional administrations began to loosen restrictions in a bid to begin an economic recovery under the so-called “new normal”.Jakarta imposed its first 14-day PSBB period on April 10 by closing schools, offices and places of worship. The capital began its transition phase on Monday and will gradually reopen public places such as offices, restaurants, houses of worship, parks and zoos.The Jakarta administration has also allowed public transportation to operate as usual and loosened restrictions on private vehicles.Governor Anies Baswedan previously said the city administration decided to start its transition as many parts of the capital had turned from red zones to green or yellow zones, indicating a declining number of COVID-19 cases.Topics : Indonesia recorded its highest COVID-19 increase in a single day with 1,043 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, a day after the government started easing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several provinces.According to Health Ministry data, the country has recorded 33,076 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,923 fatalities and 11,414 recoveries as of Tuesday.Jakarta, which previously saw a declining trend, recorded the highest spike with 232 new cases, followed by 220 new cases in East Java, 180 in South Sulawesi and 91 in South Kalimantan.last_img read more

Wellington boys keep AV-CTL DIV title hopes alive with Circle sweep

first_img1234567R HE Follow us on Twitter. Circle0001000162 Wellington200010X360 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WP – Phelps. LP – Coulter. Save – Condit Circle0000200234 Game #2 Wellington 3 Circle 1 WP- Nance. LP- Scherenberg. HR- Circle: Ellison, Wellington: Dunn Wellington220142X1190 Game #1 Wellington 11 Circle 2 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its league title hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep against Circle Thursday at Sellers Park. The victory sweep improved the Dukes to 9-5 and 7-1 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. They are currently in a battle with Andale-Garden Plain for the league title.Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.The Indians are 5-1 and travels to Wichita Collegiate tonight. They will then play at Mulvane on May 7. Wellington hosts Clearwater on the same day.On Thursday, the Crusaders won the first game 11-2 and followed that up with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the nightcap.Wellington took advantage of four Circle errors while generating nine hits in game one. Austin Dunn also had himself a home run.Crusaders were in cruise control getting two runs in the first and two runs in the second. Eventually they held a 5-0 lead after four innings. The Thunderbirds would narrow the lead to two in the top of the fifth. But a four-run output in the bottom of the fifth secured victory for the Dukes. Trevor Nance was the winning pitcher striking out 10 Circle batters, while allowing just three hits and walking five.The second game did not come as easily for the Crusaders, who were in a defensive tussle.Wellington opened the game with a 2-0 lead with Connor Phelps and Wesley Gilmore scoring off Circle errors.Cameron Bartelson with the critical tag in the fifth.But scoring became a premium thereafter. In the fourth inning, Circle made its move and scored a run by Chase Ellison.Then in the fifth, Circle loaded the bases with one out. However, Wellington catcher Cameron Bartelson tagged the runner at third to prevent a score and Wellington left the top half of the inning still clutching to a 2-1 lead.The bottom half of the inning had an interesting sequence in which Wesley Gilmore had rounded to second but then got caught in a rundown between second and third with two outs. How he escaped that situation was an act of Houdini. In his race back to second base he escaped a near Circle tag. In fact the Thunderbirds were running back to the dugout when the umpire called him safe.Wesley Gilmore escapes a rundown.Nance would then bat him home to make it 3-1. Nobody scored in the final two innings.Freshman Cade Phelps was the winning pitcher in game two. He allowed six hits, but no walks, and strikeout eight in 6.1 innings pitched. Adam Condit came in relief in the final inning.Wellington, which was plagued with errors on Monday against Buhler, was errorless Thursday. Wellington hosts Winfield Thursday in a non-league contest.More detailed stats of the doubleheader can be found here:Photo gallery of the games can be found here: 1234567R HElast_img read more