Tag: Safety

  1. Summer Hiking Tips: Part Two

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hundreds of miles of backcountry trails perfect for summer walks in the woods. This is the second in a two-part series on ways to stay safe while hiking these paths during the summertime. There are common scenarios hikers might face during the summer months: storms, ticks, and heat, to name a few. Read more...
  2. Lessons in Misreading a Smokies Map

    Lessons in Misreading a Smokies Map Story and photo by Hunter Upchurch In my history classes, I try to teach my students that, as much as maps can reveal about a place, they can also obscure other important information. For example, a political map of Europe just prior to World War I can help us understand the rivalries between the German and Russian empires, whose borders at Read more...
  3. Summer Hiking Tips: Part One

    Summer Hiking Tips: Part One Story and images by Nancy East Imagine yourself in the open field atop Andrews Bald on a warm summer day. The shifting clouds form endless shapes, and an impromptu Rorschach test ensues with your hiking partners as you debate whether one looks like a fire-breathing dragon or a steam engine. As you pack up your lunch to hike back to the Read more...

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