Wednesday, October 27, 2010


LeConte'thon is the annual 42 mile day hike covering all six trails to the top of Mt. LeConte.

-Trillium Gap Trail 6.5
-Rainbow Falls Trail 6.5
-Bull Head Trail 6.8
-Alum Cave Trail 5
-The Boulevard & Appalachian Trails 8.1
-Brushy Mountain Trail 9.1

We hiked them all and nearly died! Congratulations Nathan, Michal, and Matthew!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Grand

It's been a whirlwind of events these past few months. I have finished all of my college courses, studied for the MCAT, applied to medical school, and and preparing for several fun trips during my year off. Tim Nummy (a friend from high school) and I are heading out to summit the Grand Teton. We will leave this Saturday, August 21st, and drive 1,800 miles to Jackson Hole Wyoming. We will spend five days in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and hone in our mountaineering skills in order to climb the renowned Grand Teton.

The peak towers over surrounding mountains at a staggering 13,775 feet and is often capped in snow. We will ascend the Owen-Spalding route which, while known as the easiest route, is still dangerous and exhilarating. We will be roped in to avoid a potential fall and will begin the ascent by 4am in the morning.

I can't wait to get on the road and climb some mountains.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Dancing in an Unmistakeably Upward Direction

Sometimes (and by 'sometimes' I mean 'all the time') you just need to dance. And also you need to suit up. And the two go together very nicely.

Just thought you needed to know that.


Monday, February 22, 2010

As the teasing warmth of the sun fades, I am left, again, with a gross disdain for the dreary gray skies of another wet southern winter. Snow is a romantic ideal that we hope for, and blue skies a far cry from our climatic reality. Yet, I anticipate a warm and beautiful spring and cannot wait for it. My garden will host a variety of vegetables and fruits and I will hopefully accomplish an array of needed yard maintenance. I will no longer fear the splash of cold water while washing my volkswagen, and will gladly walk through the our beloved park without shoes.

Spring, you are welcomed in Knoxville.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Little Pigeon River


Ok, so I understand that the editing is a bit over the top. Get over it.

It's been a tough semester. School hasn't been easy, friendships are changing, (and some are fading). However, I've enjoyed becoming more independent, focused, and driven. I've made a bunch of great new friends and am enjoying a new phase of life in this post-ish-college-limbo. I cling to a sense of adventurousness but still try to maintain a positive, mature, focus on what's ahead. I've got a lot (God-willing) of neat life experiences coming up, and I cannot wait!

-Road trip to L.A.
-Skiing out West
-Mountain Climbing in Central America
-Med School

As much as I long for what I have had, I anticipate what's in store is still better.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Old Junk

Take a look. James and David are two of my best friends. We took a hiking trip at the beginning of freshman year. I hardly knew either of them. Now, at the end of our senior year we are great buddies. ...kinda neat huh?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Favorite Show, Something Funny, and Something Sweet

I really enjoy this show. Potentially because I aspire to become as crass a doctor as Dr. House himself.

Watch this... it's kinda funny.

Bec and I climbed House Mountain. She hates pictures so we only took this one...