Benjamin McKamey

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Foggy field. From this morning’s drive.

Foggy field. From this morning’s drive.

Rainy afternoon called for a visit to the library. #books

Rainy afternoon called for a visit to the library. #books

Down low.

Down low.

Vintage Massey-Ferguson Tractor

iPhone + Snapseed

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The new  Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure, NC.

3.5 miles of brand new mountain bike/hiking trails, and a half dozen boulders.  It’s kind of out of the way, but the trails are super clean and CCC has plans in the works to develop the climbing areas this summer.  

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Rack. 

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Rack.

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New climbing shoes. I’m ready to break these in…

(C) 2014 Benjamin McKamey

New climbing shoes. I’m ready to break these in…

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Late Afternoon in the Virginia Highlands.
© 2013 Benjamin McKamey

Late Afternoon in the Virginia Highlands.

© 2013 Benjamin McKamey

Upper Pacolet River, Landrum, South Carolina

iPhone + Snapseed

(C) 2014 Benjamin McKamey

Upper Pacolet River, Landrum, South Carolina

iPhone + Snapseed

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Trail Run: Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, Landrum, SC

A friend of mine introduced me to a new trail this morning. The main trail at the Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve climbs around 500’ over about 2 miles as is works its way up Squirrel Mountain, then plunges 400’ down to the Upper Pacolet River in 3/4 of a mile. The preserve is limited to foot traffic only and is used mainly by hunters and hikers, but the lack of vehicles, mountain bikes, and horses makes for super smooth trails with very little mud.

The trail is 2.75 miles from the trailhead to the river, but there were a handful of unmarked foot and game trails that we didn’t have time to explore. The scenery was beautiful, even at the beginning of winter due to a few scenic views of Glassy Mountain from the northern side of the ridge and numerous large boulders scattered along the mountainside.

This was one of the best maintained trails that I’ve run on in a long time. We were here on New Year’s Day and only saw 3 small groups of hikers. It’s definitely worth a return trip, especially for getting in some hill climbing training, because there were almost no flat sections on this trail at all.

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Morning sunlight peaking in. 

(C) 2013 Benjamin McKamey

Morning sunlight peaking in.

(C) 2013 Benjamin McKamey

Along I-26 near the Tennessee/North Carolina border.
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Along I-26 near the Tennessee/North Carolina border.

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It’s getting cold outside and I’m wishing I were in the woods with a good campfire right now…
© 2009 Benjamin McKamey

It’s getting cold outside and I’m wishing I were in the woods with a good campfire right now…

© 2009 Benjamin McKamey

Winding Road.  Near Moab, UT.  
© 2012 Benjamin McKamey

Winding Road.  Near Moab, UT.  

© 2012 Benjamin McKamey

Bottom of a waterfall. 

(C) 2013 Benjamin McKamey

Bottom of a waterfall.

(C) 2013 Benjamin McKamey