Opt Outside

Well, Black Friday has come and gone. Did you #Optoutside? I couldn’t unfortunately. I did have to work, albeit reduced hours, and then came home to work more on the move to a new home. It would have been the PERFECT day in my area to go hike. In the 50’s, not a single cloud…. I wish the timing would have been different. But, life is what it is. If you didn’t Opt Outside… find some time to go on a walk outdoors soon. Enjoy the weather.

News coming soon

Hey Escape Artists! I haven’t forgotten you! Been a little busy dealing with escaping my friend’s basement while nursing the injury from Allegheny National Forest. Doc said no hiking until she says my foot is good to go. I’ve been obeying the good doctor. With that, some news is coming soon, stay tuned!

Update on the video delays

Hey Escape Artists! I apologize about the lack of videos. I have been driving a lot with Uber while also doing a job hunt, which was not going well, until the past week. I had an interview on Friday (14th) and pretty much got hired on immediately. I already started the paperwork and start it in a little over a week. I had to abandon the project job plan, so any AT hikes at this point will be section hikes. There are a few bonuses to this job: vacation time accrues quickly, so hike time will come easy…. and it is for a company that is well known in my area, and the job is where I wanted my IT career to go. I am doing contract to hire, I have a year before I get hired on full time. Also, the job requires travel, so any trails I work close to will be hiked on the weekends! Special thanks to Escape Artist & Facebook follower Greg for the hookup for the job!

Laurel Highlands is on hold for now, once I have some PTO I will go do that. Any 4-day weekends will be the shorter hikes I mentioned in the video I put out after the AT.

The First 300 miles series is still in planning, I am recording some video in the coming weeks and will get the first video out around the first week of August. I am thinking it will be around 6 videos long, but may go longer if a topic is requested.

I appreciate the patience to my Youtube viewers, thank you for hanging around. In the meantime, go enjoy your weekend, and get outside!

Laurel Highlands Planning

So, I am planning my Laurel Highlands thru-hike. 70 miles total, looking to be around five days. Bummer the shelters aren’t more evenly spaced, but that’s OK. I’m also debating on taking some food that is campfire appropriate. Apparently, the shelters are close to roads and consistently stocked with firewood. Here’s the plan so far… dates are still TBD.

AT Pics consolidated on the “Pics from the Trail” page

Hey Escape artists!

All of the pics I posted from my AT trip have been consolidated to the “pics from the trail” page. And… they are full size! Now you can see them in all their glory. I didn’t realize it until now, but when I originally posted them, it posted at 1/4 the normal size. Check them all out here…http://escapingtheoffice.com/pics-from-the-trail/ … and more will be added soon…..

Picture dump!

I have wifi, and now you have pictures…..

Watch your back when at the tavern in Hot Springs.

Laundry day at Miss Janet’s. Loaner pants with my puffy jacket.

Hung out with this guy at Little Rock Knob. View is in the upcoming video.
Climbing up towards Grassy Ridge Bald, looking back at Jane Bald.
View from Overmountain shelter (using HDR mode for the picture).
Overmountain view again, but without HDR mode.
Looking up at Hump Mountain before climbing it. “Oh, crap” was my train of thought…. but the view was worth it. Check the upcoming video.

Out of the smokies!

So, I am out of the smokies, and on my way to Hot Springs. I am at Deep Gap shelter just past Standing Bear… and I have 3 bars of 4G. Second half of the video will be released in the morning.

Time for a photo dump!

Some rocks I had to climb on the way to Fontana.
Fontana sunset looking away from it.
Fontana at sunset
Rabbit that was staring at me after leaving Spence Field shelter in the smokies.
View from Silers Bald in the Smokies
View on the way down from Clingman’s Dome (the view there is in the next video). This is on the way to Newfound Gap.
Last day in the Smokies. Trail conditions got better towards the bottom.
Looking at I-40 from the Smokies on the way down
Waterfall about a mile before Standing Bear Farm
Soaking the feet in the creek that runs through Standing Bear Farm
Standing Bear’s hangout area.

Relaxing in Gatlinburg

Spending the might in Gatlinburg then tomorrow starting the push out of the smokies. Here is a pic from Clingman’s Dome parking lot. The tower was still cloudy, but tomorrow is supposed to be clear…. hopefully it is!

After I leave Clingman’s Dome, I hit 200 miles!

The view from the parking lot a half mile down from Clingman’s Dome summit. This is looking over Fontana Lake

The Great Smoky Rain Mountains

The first few days in the smokies were wet, but looking ahead, if the weather people are accurate, it will be nice the rest of my time here! Which is perfect, because tomorrow around noon ish I will be at Clingman’s Dome. If it is clear like they predict, I will have a great view from the highest point on the AT!

No pictures yet in the smokies, it’s been foggy. But I have a few clips of video for the next upload. Video will probably be split into two parts and uploaded in Hot Springs, otherwise it will be a long video.

14 miles to do today, so enough babble, time to get some food in me and get walking!