Written by February 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Returns Home To Host Pacific Brad James This also commemorates the first time since 2010 that the Cougars have surrendered less than 50 points in successive games. Junior forward Yoeli Childs (21 points, 9.6 rebounds per game) and junior guard TJ Haws (17.4 points) continue to be the Cougars’ only double-digit scorers on average. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Saturday, BYU men’s basketball hosts Pacific as they seek to hold off Saint Mary’s for the vital #2 seed in the West Coast Conference tournament next month at Las Vegas. The Cougars are 15-10 (7-3 in WCC play) and are fresh off of an 83-48 decimation of Portland Thursday. Pacific scores 69.6 points per game, while surrendering 60.9 points per contest. Senior guard Roberto Gallinat (14.9 points per game) is the Tigers’ leading scorer on the season. The Tigers come into Provo with a record of 13-12 (3-7 in WCC play). Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Pacific Men’s Basketball/Roberto Gallinat/TJ Haws/West Coast Conference/Yoeli Childs The Cougars score 80.7 points per game and surrender 76 points per contest.
Associated Press July 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local RSL Falls To Tigres In Leagues Cup Quarterfinals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Herriman, UT) — Real Salt Lake is done after one round at the Leagues Cup quarterfinals.Eduardo Vargas scored for Tigres UANL as they beat Real 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium last night.The Leagues Cup is an eight-team tournament featuring squads from the MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX.RSL returns to MLS action on Saturday as they visit FC Dallas. Tags: Leagues Cup/Real Salt Lake/Tigres UANL Written by
Sensitive PositionNo Normal work days Remove from posting on or before06/01/2021 Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate Recruitment PoolAll Applicants The MSW Program in the School of Social Work at VirginiaCommonwealth University is recruiting a pool of applicants forpossible adjunct teaching positions in the following area(s) offocus: human behavior in the social environment, research,practice, policy, social justice, and various elective topics.Should the need for such adjunct teaching positions becomeavailable, the School of Social Work will contact persons in thepool whose credentials match our teaching needs. This pool will beaccessed only when an opening arises. Your credentials will remainactive for until June 1, 2021. After this date, if you are stillinterested in adjunct teaching, you must re-apply to this adjunctpool. Note that we are unable to hire applicants who are notalready in the pool.Responsibilities:1. TeachingTeach online MSW course(s) in the School of Social Work as needed.These classes could be inclusive of all areas within the discipline(listed above).2. ServiceAs specified * If yes, at what institution and how many years? (If no, typeN/A)(Open Ended Question)* What courses you are interested in teaching (options below):General Practice; Clinical Specialization Practice; Social Justice;Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Research; Social Policy;Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders; Elective(s)(Open Ended Question)* How did you hear about this job posting?(Open Ended Question) Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional DocumentsOther Document * Do you have a LCSW or are license eligible?YesNo Description of the Job Position NumberJ00001 Working TitleAdjunct Instructor – Online MSW Program CampusMonroe Park Campus Normal work hours Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Required Qualifications DepartmentSocial Work Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Job CategoryAdjunct – Teaching Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99357 Organizational Overview * Do you have a Masters degree?YesNo A background check, employment verification and officialtranscripts will be required prior to start date. Masters Degree. Strong oral presentation and communicationskills.Ability to work in a diverse environment Resource CriticalYes * Have you ever taught social work courses online?YesNo Job Open Date06/25/2020 Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Two years post MSW degree practice experiencePrior teaching experience in social work education Special Instructions to Applicants All candidates must attach to this application a cover letter,curriculum vitae or resume, and the names/contact information forthree references (as an “Other Document”). For information aboutthe School of Social Work, please visithttps://www.socialwork.vcu.edu/ Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching * If yes, what discipline is your degree in? (If no, typeN/A)(Open Ended Question)* If you have earned an MSW, do you have a minimum of two yearspost-degree practice experience?YesNo Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Additional Information Job Code/Title Posting Details Hours/Week * Have you had training in teaching online?YesNo * Have you ever taken a graduate course online?YesNo Open Until FilledNo Preferred Qualifications
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail I just came back from a cruise in Asia.I met lots of nice people and saw a bunch of beautiful places. I didn’t always understand what I was looking at or what was going on in their crazy economies.But I can tell you one thing for sure — the people of Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong are keeping busy making things for American consumers.They’re probably just as busy as the people of Mexico, China and wherever else American companies are having their smart phones, TVs and T-shirts made.What I saw in Asia — jobs that used to be done by Americans — reminded me of what’s happened in California.My home state’s criminally high taxes and its punitive regulations have been driving away businesses and companies that make things for decades.We’re not talking about mom and pop outfits that make organic earrings or high-end backpacks.We’re talking real companies that hire thousands of people for their offices or factories — Toyota, Nissan, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, eBay, Occidental Petroleum and RifleGear, the firearms retailer.Throw in Charles Schwab, which fled pricy San Francisco, and Farmers Coffee, too. A large percentage of these runaway companies went to Texas, where business people are not automatically greeted like captured enemy combatants.A lot of California’s human beings left for lower-taxed states, too, especially older people.Several millionaires that I know are selling their big homes and moving to Nevada or Puerto Rico to escape California’s cruel taxes. I’d do the same if I didn’t have kids and grand kids in L.A.No one knows how many companies have split from California in the last decade. A recent study that counted what it called “California divestment events” came up with the estimate of 9,000 events.A “divestment event” is when a business leaves the state entirely, expands in other states instead of California or planned to expand in the Golden State but ran the numbers and chickened out.California is a mini version of present-day America — and maybe our country’s future.The liberals who’ve permanently taken over Sacramento have mastered the art of punishing business and abusing the wealthy.The state is bleeding good working-class jobs, scaring away corporations and watching its economy poke along for the same dumb reasons the rest of the U.S. is: high taxes and too many regulations.Now California’s Democrats have voted to hike the state’s minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2022.It’s a stupid Bernie Sanders idea that is the leftwing equivalent of Donald Trump’s dumb idea to slap a 35 percent tariff on stuff imported from Mexico.Both Sanders and Trump are appealing to low-information voters who don’t understand a thing about economics.Who pays in the end when you tell businesses they have to start paying a person with a broom $15 an hour or have to pay heavy import taxes?It’s the consumer, stupid.The consumer always pays in the end, whether Jerry Brown or Donald Trump know it or not, because businesses always pass the cost of their labor and taxes on to their customers.If their customers don’t want to pay higher prices, companies eventually have to close up or move to a more business-friendly place like Texas or Mexico.Corporations are in the business of making money, not losing it like government.The executives who run them are not as stupid as low-info candidates like Trump or Sanders or the people who vote for them.A business exec can tell when it’s time to build a new Boeing plant in South Carolina or move his brokerage offices to Austin.States like Texas and even New York know it’s good for their economies, their people and their taxpayers to lure businesses with low taxes, fewer regulations and a friendly attitude.California will never learn.——- LOW-INFORMATION ECONOMICS Making Sense by Michael Reagan
Twiddle kept the jams flowing at the College Street Music Hall last weekend, hitting the famed New Haven, CT venue for two nights on Friday and Saturday. The band had some fun on night one with members of Dopapod and Kung Fu, and the musical magic continued with a great second showing in Connecticut.Due to an illness, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey was unable to perform, and Josh Dobbs from Cats Under The Stars filled in for the entire night. The show also featured Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu, who added percussion to the entire performance as well. Twiddle’s core members, Mihali, Zdenek, and Brook Jordan, were only amplified by the new energy on stage, opening with “White Light” and keeping the set rocking throughout.The band also welcomed their fair share of special guests on night two, including Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin at points during both sets. The West End Blend Horns also made an appearance, joining in on “Polluted Beauty” and “Lost In The Cold” at the end of set one. Finally, Kung Fu bassist Chris DeAngelis appeared in the show-closing “Latin Tang,” even getting in to a bass battle with Zdenek Gubb. When bassists battle, we all win.You can listen to a full audio recording of the show below, courtesy of Matt Moricle.See the full uTwiddle setlist, posted below.Setlist: Twiddle at College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT – 9/10/16Set 1: White Light, Brick Of Barley, Second Wind, Polluted Beauty, Lost In The ColdSet 2: Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Beethoven and Greene, Carter Candlestick > Jamflowman > Frankenfoote, Latin TangShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. The entire show featured Josh Dobbs (Cats Under The Stars) sitting in on keys for Ryan who did not play due to illness as well as Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) sitting in on auxilary drums. Aqueous opened the show. “Brick Of Barley” & “Beethoven and Greene” featured Wiley Griffin (Teddy Midnight) on guitar. “Polluted Beauty” & “Lost In The Cold” featured The West End Blend Horns. “Latin Tang” featured Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu) on bass and featured a bass duel with Zdenek.
When you think of Augusta, Georgia in April, one thing naturally comes to mind: The Major Rager concert series! Okay…SOME of you may make mention of some golf tournament happening the same weekend, but whatever. With The Flaming Lips, Moon Taxi and The Eric Krasno Band playing, and for a great cause to boot, the place to be in Augusta that blustery Thursday wasn’t on a putting green…it was front and center at a rocking downtown day-long jam.The charity clearinghouse Friends With Benefits pairs great bands with great causes. The Major Rage uses the opportunity presented by The Masters coming to town to create unique fund raising opportunities. Since their founding, they have raised a quarter of a million dollars for a variety of worthy non-profits.Sunny skies were filled with gusting winds and unseasonably chilly temperatures for the event but music lovers were undeterred. There were plenty of opportunities for craft beer and BBQ but the main course on the menu was served onstage. After a fun warm-up set from Stop Light Observations, one of the hardest working men in the music scene did what he does best…bending his guitar strings until they sang the blues.Eric Krasno BandEric Krasno brought his new band to the Major Rager and wowed the fans with his blues licks and wailing solos! While still getting the funk down with his bands Lettuce and Soulive, Krasno seems to relish the chance to do his own thing. Krasno has gathered a band he seems to trust, including multiple members of the Dap Kings, to form the Erik Krasno Band.Keyboard player and vocalist Deshawn Alexander brought a burst of energy and stage presence with his contributions on the mic and ivories. Vocalist Mary Corso had the crowd in awe of her emotional, bluesy delivery. Krasno got in on the act as well, singing while playing the blues. While his schedule may not allow much time for sleep, with this many amazing bands to play with, Krasno doesn’t have time to rest anyway.Watch Krasno and company pump up the jams below:“Jezebel”“Move Over”People Of The Sun (Moon Taxi)Nashville’s own indie-rockers Moon Taxi have a secret. Though they write artful, melodic rock songs for themselves they secretly kinda wish they were the most bombastic rap rock protest band of all times! So, whenever they can’t fight the urge to go buck wild, they metamorphose into “People Of The Sun” and play tribute to Rage Against The Machine, pioneers of the anger-rock movement of the nineties.Organizers of The Major Rager were more than happy to let them work out their identity issues on stage. Throughout the crowd, fists were raised and middle fingers were unfurled. Classic RATM tunes like “Bulls On Parade” and “Guerilla Radio” were dropped left and right as People Of The Sun quickly moved from hit to hit. Check out a couple of their most brutal jams below:“Bulls On Parade”“Bombtrack”The Flaming LipsSince their inception, the Flaming Lips have purposefully followed a path all their own. Mercurial frontman Wayne Coyne serves as nexus for the swirling mayhem the band has created in the studio and on stages for decades. Whether The Flaming Lips are building a monument to the psychedelic insanity in their hearts, or pleading for love to conquer all, they are always remembering to first and foremost…ENTERTAIN!Flips shows are a senses shattering cacophony of sights and sounds designed to overwhelm onlookers and leave them receptive to new ideas. Wild man Coyne serves as the eye of the storm, urging listeners to embrace love and insanity. Music fans at the Major Rager were lost in a wave of jubilation. Confetti filled the air, Coyne ventured out into the crowd on a giant LED illuminated unicorn, and the general ridiculousness factor needle was buried on eleven.That sense of irreverence has served to connect the band and their fans on a very instinctive level. Humor has a way of disarming a situation. In the context of a Flaming Lips show, it allows the overall message the band shares, peace, love and unbridled artistic expression, to resonate on a more personal frequency.See The Flaming Lips play a pair of the most beloved tunes below:“Race For The Prize”“Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robot (Part One)”
Today, The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner has announced a brand-new solo project called SPAGA. Also featuring bassist Jason Fratacelli and drummer Matt Scarano, SPAGA will see the trio in a stripped-down, acoustic format. Originally conceived two years ago, SPAGA sees Magner getting back to his roots as a pianist.As he noted in a press release about his history as a musician,The woman who lived next door to me as a kid was the neighborhood piano teacher. … I started with her early in life and took to it more than others. But I became disinterested by age ten and stopped playing for a bit until I was introduced to jazz when I was 13. … I stopped studying jazz as I explored jam rock with the Biscuits in our infancy, but always maintained an affection for the genre, perhaps bringing a jazzy style to some of the Biscuits improv. … Even going so far as to write songs such as “Smoothie King,” “Soul is Shaking”, or “I Remember Ray” into the Biscuits repertoire. None of them stuck around for high rotation, but they were fun to play none the less. I didn’t have another project they would be appropriate for anyway.While in The Disco Biscuits, Aron Magner serves as the group’s virtuosic player behind the keys, Magner is also a next-level pianist, with friends encouraging him to perform behind a grand piano for years and explore that side of his artistry. Thus, with the time finally right, Magner began to envision SPAGA as a trio rooted in jazz, allowing the band to improvise while further highlighting his classical and jazz training.For the new project, Magner found it was important to maintain that SPAGA is a reflection of his origins. As such, he made sure to choose local musicians to join him—first upright bassist Jason Fratecelli who later enlisted drummer Matt Scarano—with the project’s first album, which is due out in early 2019, recorded in a local studio.“I started with just one song,” Magner recalled in a press release. “The song ’Colors.’ It stayed just that song for probably close to a year before beginning to take steps towards writing more for a project and album in mind.” He continued, “I was having fun just exploring the songs with no preconceptions of what the music actually was yet or for that matter who we were as a trio yet, and that provided for unexpected and welcoming results.”With the inception of this project coming about organically and locally, Magner began to connect the project to food. As a press release explained,During the recording sessions, Magner would get in long, enjoyable talks about fresh produce (the kind you get at a farmer’s market), with his engineer, Will Maher, who has an extracurricular interest in field to consumer agriculture and independent food systems— and a passion for it. The more they talked about it, the more Magner began seeing the connection between the farm-to-table movement and his approach to this new project. It was all about roots. With an emphasis on the fresh and the organic.So when it came time to think about where to unveil this music live, Magner wanted something that would reflect the aesthetic behind it. In another extension of the synchronicity that has surrounded this project, Magner enlisted one his favorite local award-winning chefs, Yehuda Sichel, to host a gourmet prix-fixed meal in a barn just outside of Philadelphia. It turns out, the Chef is also a fan of The Disco Biscuits. Magner became enamored with the juxtaposition of putting a piano inside the barn, and he was excited about the unusual opportunity to connect a master chef’s culinary creations with his original compositions. It’s not dinner jazz by any means, but the textures and flavors of a farm-to-table meal are set to pair perfectly with the textures and flavors of Magner’s roots music.Thus, SPAGA will host its first culinary dinner, hosted by award-winning chef Yehuda Sichel, at Hill Girt Farm / SIW Vegetables in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. As noted by Aron Magner on SPAGA’s website,A prominent fixture on the farm is the barn, a structure that dates back to the 1600’s (with updates since) where they began doing summer Field to Fork dinners with local chefs using fresh vegetables grown on farm. This is where I decided to do the first performance of this new project. The juxtaposition of bringing a grand piano into a barn was appealing to me, as its complimentary to the setting, yet simultaneously makes no sense without context. Chef Yehuda Sichel and I first met at his restaurant, Abe Fisher, a few years ago. We have a mutual admiration for each other’s craft. I am thrilled to pair his culinary creations with my music as part of this event in an incredibly serene setting. The debut farm-to-table dinner and SPAGA performance will take place on October 5th, at 6:30 p.m., just outside of Magner’s hometown of Philadelphia. For more information on the band, head to the group’s website here, and for tickets to the dinner and concert, head here.
William Kaelin, professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been named one of seven recipients of the 2010 Canada Gairdner Award. The award, which was created in 1959 to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life, is among the most prestigious awards in biomedical science.Kaelin’s research seeks to identify the molecular mechanisms that allow cells to detect a shortage of oxygen and respond by making new red blood cells and blood vessels. His work may pave the way for therapies that manipulate oxygen to treat diseases ranging from heart disease and anemia to cancer.“Bill has made groundbreaking discoveries that have transformed our understanding of many forms of cancer,” said Edward J. Benz Jr., the Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, professor of Pediatrics, and professor of pathology at Dana-Farber. “His work has also pointed the way to new strategies to find better therapies for these tumors. He is very deserving of this recognition and has also brought honor to the Dana-Farber.”
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Forget the emotional, mental, and physical strength it takes to tackle all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail—even if we were strong enough to tackle such an endeavor, who has the time?But just about everybody has the time for a section hike, whether it’s a brief one-day getaway, a weekend jaunt, or a week-long excursion. The following guide provides mile-by-mile details for six hikes along America’s favorite footpath. We’ve planned your campsites, found the best views, and even offered some side hikes and adventures along the way.WEEKEND HIKESMcAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs It’s rare that a short, 13-mile overnight hike comes with multiple long range views from beautiful rock outcroppings, but that’s exactly what’s in store for hikers traversing Catawba Mountain and Tinker Mountain near Roanoke. This quick point-to-point hike passes by McAfee Knob—the most photographed spot on the A.T. and one of the most vertigo-inducing cliffs this side of the Rockies. The trip isn’t for those with a fear of heights. And take note, since the area is so popular, camping restrictions are enforced, so only pitch your tent at designated sites.Day One Trailhead — Start at the parking lot at Va. 211 and begin the 1,700-foot climb to McAfee Knob.Mile 1 — Pass by the Johns Spring Shelter.Mile 2.8 — Pass the Catawba Mountain Shelter and continue hiking as views of the Catawba Valley begin to open up.Mile 4.5 — Take the McAfee Knob spur trail to reach McAfee Knob, a flat rock outcropping that juts off the side of Catawba Mountain presenting hikers with 270-degree views.Mile 5.1 — Pick your home for the evening: primitive camping at the Pig Farm Campsite or shelter bunking at the Campbell Shelter a hundred yards farther up the trail.Day Two The spring at Catawba shelter is the only reliable drinking source until you drop off the mountain, so fill up before you begin hiking north toward Tinker Cliffs.Mile 8.3 — Drop into Birckey’s GapMile 10.1 — Reach Tinker Cliffs, where the A.T. traverses the edge of the cliff for half a mile, with views back to McAfee Knob.Mile 10.6 — Hit Scorched Earth Gap and the Andy Layne Trail. Take the Andy Layne Trail as it drops down Tinker Mountain on its way to Va. Route 779 (Catawba Road). Eventually, the trail will follow and cross Little Catawba Creek.Mile 12.8 — Reach your terminus, Va. Route 779.A.T./Mau-Har Trail Loop Could the 14-mile A.T./Mau-Har loop be the perfect overnight hike? Mike Vaughn of the Tidewater A.T. Club thinks so. “It has everything a hiker would want: a scenic waterfall and several great views.”This short but grueling loop mixes ridgetop traversing with waterfall-choked canyon hopping for a two-day hiking highlight reel. But contemplative views and scenic swimming holes don’t come easy. Expect almost 7,000 feet of elevation change on this rocky hike.Day OneTrailhead — Start at Reed’s Gap where Virginia Route 664 meets the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the white-blazed A.T. south and get psyched for some steep climbs, ridgeline views, and steep descents for your first day.Mile 0.8 — Greet your first vista, a shot of the small community of Love, Virginia, and its surrounding valley.Mile 1.6 — Pass an info kiosk, the junction with the Mau-Har Trail, which you’ll climb tomorrow, and the path to the Maupin Shelter. Keep hiking on the A.T., which will enter the Three Ridges Wilderness and climb Bee Mountain.Mile 3.5 — Another great view can be enjoyed from the Hanging Rock Vista on the side of Bee Mountain.Mile 4.6 — Summit the wooded Three Ridges mountain.Mile 6 — Find yourself at Chimney Rocks Vista, the most expansive view of the trip. Half a mile later you’ll hit the Flat Rock Vista, yet another broad view from the edge of the trail.Mile 7.9 — Take the side trail to Harper’s Creek shelter, which has several flat streamside campsites.Day Two Mile 8.6 — Hit the junction with the Mau-Har Trail, turn right up the blue-blazed path, and drop into Campbell Creek Canyon.Mile 10.1 — You’ll find a campsite and a yellow-blazed spur trail which will take you to the 40-foot Campbell Falls.Mile 12.3 — After a rocky climb out of the canyon, you’ll cross Campbell Creek several times, eventually following the left fork of the drainage to the Maupin Field Shelter, where the A.T. will take you back to your original trailhead.Mile 13.9 — Pop out at Reed’s Gap.THREE-DAY HIKESMount Rogers High Country The 60 miles of A.T. that cut through the High Country offer soaring vistas and well-groomed singletrack, and the 26-mile section from Creek Junction to Fox Creek could be the best weekend of hiking anywhere in the Southeast. The area boasts the tallest mountains in Virginia, enabling you to spend the majority of your time rising and falling between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.“Without a doubt, my favorite section of the A.T. around here is the Mount Rogers High Country,” says Steve Webb, two time thru-hiker and owner of Sundog Adventures in Damascus, Va. “You’ll see some people, but you can get deep in the woods but also get the high elevation outcroppings.”Day OneTrailhead — Begin at Creek Junction off State Road 728 north of Damascus, which has a number of outfitters who will run shuttles for this three-day hike.Mile 2.2 — Pass the Lost Mountain Shelter, which has a good spring and a nice privy. Brace yourself for the 2,500-foot climb from the shelter to the summit of Buzzard Rock.Mile 3.3 — Cross Star Hill Branch and US 58, then traverse the side of 4,966-foot Beech Mountain.Mile 6.9 — Summit Buzzard Rock, an outstanding rocky peak with views to the south. Soak in the High Country views from this mile-high perch.Mile 7.6 — Hike around Whitetop Mountain, staying just below the mile-high elevation mark.Mile 10.1 — Hike through the Elk Garden parking area, where the Elk Garden Trail and Virginia Highlands Horse Trail meet the A.T. Enter the primitive Lewis Fork Wilderness and traverse the Elk Garden Ridge along Balsam Mountain. Enjoy the awesome views and a handmade bench dedicated to the memory of a “friend and fellow hiker.”Mile 12.1 — You’re still cruising above 5,000 feet as you pass through Deep Gap. Pass the Mount Rogers Trail on your left then the Mount Rogers Spur Trail.Mile 13.3 — Hit the Thomas Knob Shelter, your home for the night.Day TwoMile 14 — Cruise through Rhododendron Gap at 5,526 feet. In June, expect blooming rhodo at the gap.Mile 15.3 — Traverse the Wilburn Ridge, taking the blue-blazed Wilburn Ridge Trail, a short detour from the A.T. proper that will take you rock-hopping along massive stone outcroppings.Mile 16.1 — Cruise through Massie Gap before meeting back up with the A.T. and crossing the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail again, then dip into Grayson Highlands State Park.Mile 18.2 — Find the side trail for the Wise Shelter and set up camp for the evening.Day ThreeMile 20.8 — Traverse the wide, flat Stone Mountain on your way to Scales, a massive expanse of blackberry bushes.Mile 22.5 — Cross Pine Mountain Trail and crest Pine Mountain. As you climb along the trail, look back for a killer view of some of the terrain you’ve just hiked.Mile 24.2 — Pass the Old Orchard Shelter, where apple trees provide a tasty snack if you time your hike just right.Mile 25.9 — Come out on State Road 603 at Fox Creek.Nantahala Gorge Ridgetop The High Country of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains receive most of the attention from hikers looking for big, expansive views, but this less-trodden section of the A.T. features some of the best fire tower views in the East. On this three day, 29-mile hike, you’ll cruise over balds, visit lookout towers, scramble through rocky outcroppings, and have plenty of scenery to fill up your camera’s memory card.Day OneTrailhead — Start your hike from U.S. 64 and Winding Stair Gap, heading north on the A.T. Be prepared for steep climbs as you move from the gap toward the high-elevation ridgeline above the Nantahala Gorge.Mile .9 — Pass a campsite as you continue to climb up the ridgeline, now approaching 4,000 feet in elevation. The next couple of miles will be a steady climb as you roll from gap to gap toward Siler Bald.Mile 3.7 — Take the blue-blazed Siler Bald Loop (go left) to the bald of the same name for views from an expansive meadow that sits at 4,600 feet in elevation. After the bald, the A.T. moves from the ridgeline to the side of the ridge with creeks and springs.Mile 9.7 — Hit Wayah Bald (5,342 feet). Wayah is Cherokee for Wolf. On a clear day, expect 360-degree views which include the Smoky Mountains to the north.Mile 10.1 — Stop for the night at a primo campsite about a half a mile north of the bald that sits just shy of a mile in elevation, or continue on to the Wayah Shelter another half a mile up the trail.Day TwoMile 11.9 — Reach Licklog Gap, then enjoy a slow switchback climb and descent to Burningtown Gap before tackling the steep climb to Cold Spring Shelter and Copper Ridge.Mile 15.4 — Pass by the Cold Spring Shelter.Mile 16.1 — Enjoy a view of the Little Tennessee River Valley from the Copper Ridge Bald Lookout, then continue cruising above 5,000 feet.Mile 17.3 — Take the blue-blazed side trail to the Rocky Bald Lookout.Mile 19 — Hit Tellico Gap and cross state road 1365. If you hike during the spring, look for blooming pink azalea. More wildflowers and the occasional rhodo tunnel mark the path as you climb toward Wesser Bald.Mile 20.4 — Take the side trail to Wesser Bald Tower, which sits at 4,627 feet and offers commanding views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake. The A.T. drops steeply north of the bald, but after a mile, level campsites can be found near the trail.Day ThreeMile 21.2 — Pass the Wesser Creek Trail and the Wesser Bald Shelter.Mile 22.8 — The ridgeline ends at Jumpup, an exposed rocky outcropping that sits at 4,000 feet. From the knob, you can see Cheoah Bald and the Nantahala Gorge. Soak up the view before tackling the steep descent. On the way down, you’ll pass the Rufus Morgan Shelter.Mile 26.9 — Reach your terminus as the trail passes through the Nantahala Outdoor Center.FOUR-DAY HIKEGreat Smoky Mountains National Park The Smokies portion of the A.T. is a classic Southern backpacking trip, and it receives the crowds to prove it. Shelters are often packed during the summer; reservations are required for shelters and campsites. But don’t let the crowds discourage you. Weekdays are less populated, and according to Tim Bigelow, president of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, if you walk a few miles from any trailhead, the crowds disperse, because of a lack of access roads.This four-day backpack combines ridge hiking with gorgeous streamside walking through deep river gorges. You’ll enjoy views from a beautifully renovated fire tower, have options to bag 6,000-footers, and swim in ice-cold mountain pools.Day OneTrailhead — Big Creek Ranger Station. Take the 2.1-mile Chestnut Branch Trail to meet up with the A.T.Mile 2.1 — Intersect the A.T. just south of the Davenport Gap Shelter. Hang a left and climb toward Mount Cammerer. From the ranger station to the firetower, you’re looking at a 3,000-foot gain.Mile 4.3 — Take the side trail to Mount Cammerer Fire Tower on the northern edge of the park at 4,928 feet.Mile 7.1 — Reach the Cosby Knob Shelter just shy of the Cosby Knob summit, and set up camp for the night.Day TwoMile 12 — Keep an eye out for a side trail to Old Black, a 6,370-foot peak with a relatively easy bushwhack off the A.T.Mile 12.8 — If you’re up for a hardier bushwhack, take the unofficial Mount Guyot side trail to the fourth highest mountain in the Southern Appalachians (6,621 feet).Mile 14.8 — Reach Tri-Corner Knob Shelter, your home for the night.Day ThreeMile 19.8 — Go left on the Gunter Fork Trail, which will drop more than 1,500 feet in two miles as it falls off the ridgeline into an isolated gorge. This trail sees little activity compared to other paths in the park.Mile 22 — Check out Gunter Fork Falls, a 25-foot waterfall with an additional slide just above the trail crossing.Mile 24.1 — Take a right on the Camel Gap Trail and hike half a mile to Upper Walnut Bottom Campsite.Day FourMile 25.1 — Take the Big Creek Trail north as it follows the river of the same name. The trail is actually an old railroad bed that gradually drops 1,200 feet.Mile 28. 1 — Take the short side trail to Mouse Creek Falls, a 45-footer surrounded by hemlocks.28.8 — Adjacent to the trail, you’ll see Midnight Hole, where the river drops six feet over boulders into a deep, cold plunge pool.30.2 — Reach the Big Creek campground and ranger station where your car awaits.FIVE-DAY HIKENolichucky River to Overmountain If variety is the spice of life, then this five-day stretch is the spiciest backpacking trip on the A.T. You’ll start at the Nolichucky River where rafting companies bank the class IV river, climb through dense spruce forests, apple orchards, and wildflower patches before reaching 6,000 feet in elevation where you’ll do some classic “bald hopping.”“You hit this open bald and get 360-degree views. Then you hit another, and another,” says Jacob Mitchell, hike leader for the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoe Club, which is responsible for maintaining this stretch of the A.T.Plan your hike so you spend at least one night at the Overmountain Shelter, a converted red barn perched in a meadow with dramatic views. And save enough energy to tackle Little Hump and Big Hump mountains, with long exposed walks through tall grass and views that rival anything on the trail.Day OneTrailhead — Start at the Chestoa Bridge in Erwin at the Nolichucky River. Start hiking the white-blazed A.T. north, crossing Jones Branch several times.Mile 4.2 — Pass the side trail to the Curley Maple Shelter.Mile 8.3 — Walk through Indian Grave Gap, tracing the North Carolina/Tennessee border.Mile 10.5 — Hit Beauty Spot, an open meadow with a view that lives up to its name: lots of wildflowers during the spring, ripe berries in late summer, and an ideal campsite for your first night.Day TwoMile 13.6 — Summit the 5,180-foot Unaka Mountain, which is covered by a dense spruce forest.Mile 16.3 — Pass the Cherry Gap shelter.Mile 19 — Cross Iron Mountain Gap, then pass through an apple orchard at Weedy Gap.Mile: 25.4 — Bed down at the Clyde Smith Shelter (4,400 feet), making sure to wake early for the sunrise view over the mountain to the east.Day ThreeMile 26.3 — Summit Little Rock Knob, which is just shy of 5,000 feet, but has tremendous views of the mountains you’ll soon be crossing from a rock outcropping on the summit.Mile 30.1 — Cross the Cloudland Hotel site, an open area with awesome views and spring wildflowers, and a side trail to Roan High Bluff. Take the short detour to the Roan High Bluff overlook.Mile 32.8 — Call it a night at Roan High Knob Shelter. At 6,285 feet, the converted fire warden cabin is the highest shelter on the entire A.T. Find the true summit of Roan High Knob at a rocky patch nearby.Day FourMile 34.3 — Cross Carver’s Gap (5,512 feet), then begin the easy climb to Round Bald. Soon after Round Bald, you’ll hit Jane Bald, another open meadow with panoramic views.Mile 36.2 — Arrive at the intersection with the Grassy Ridge Side Trail. Take the 0.5 mile blue-blazed path that leads to yet another 6,000-foot grassy bald.Mile 37.6 — Pass the trail to the Stan Murray Shelter.Mile 39.2 — Walk into the Overmountain Shelter, below Yellow Mountain Gap at the junction of the Overmountain Victory Trail. The big red barn overlooks Roaring Creek Valley for what some say is the best view from any shelter on the trail.Day FiveMile 40.8 — Cross Little Hump Mountain, your first bald for the day.Mile 43.6 — Summit Hump Mountain, a 5,587-foot towering grassy bald with the requisite big views.Mile 46 — Cross through Doll Flats, a popular primitive campsite.Mile 47.5 — Reach the Apple House Shelter, which was originally designed to hold explosives for a nearby quarry.Mile 48 — Hit the pavement of US19E, which is your hiking terminus. Shuttles can be found a few miles west at the community of Roan Mountain. •After doing one of these hikes, be sure to cool off next trip by going to one of these great swimming holes!