Each year, thousands of hikers make the 2,180 mile trek along the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain to Katahdin. Each of those hikers crosses the Nantahala River along the NOC Founder’s Bridge, in Bryson City, NC. Most of these hikers cross on their way north in early April, just before beginning the difficult ascent into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many more hikers enjoy the Appalachian Trail in segments, hiking one section at a time over the course of many years, or maybe just sticking to their favorite sections of trail. (more…)
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Gotta say. It’s been awhile since I last saw home, but the opportunity to catch some music, support some friends, and weekend it in the Carolina hills couldn’t be passed up. Besides, Osprey was back on the sponsor role, so technically… This could be considered work. The plan was simple: load the truck with gear and give-aways, drive to Boone, set up the Osprey booth with our local dealer Footsloggers and spend the next two days talking shop and spreading the Osprey love.
Music on the Mountain bills itself as a “one of kind, eco-driven, music festival”, and they certainly don’t disappoint. The combination of environmental consciousness, musical talent, and geographical backdrop make this festival one of the best managed and spectator friendly events in the Southeast. Families out for a Saturday afternoon intermingled with college co-eds, hippy hula hoopers, groupies, dopers, travelers and locals.
Thousands will trek to western North Carolina’s high country this week for the 3rd annual Music on the Mountaintop festival. The festival is all about sweet tunes, good folks and giving some love to mother nature — and Osprey will be on hand to be a part of it all! We’ll have lots of great gear, demos and swag… And local retailer, Footsloggers in Boone, is offering 20% off any Osprey pack in celebration of Music on the Mountaintop. Swing by our booth and give us a high-five!
The event bills itself as a “one of a kind, ecologically driven, large-scale music festival, offering first class entertainment, featuring several national acts, creating an eclectic blend of acoustic funk, folk, Americana and bluegrass, and most importantly, providing educational awareness on current environmental issues.”
Among this year’s headliners are local mainstays like Toubab Krewe, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and Snake Oil Medicine Show, in addition to national acts like Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Keller Williams, Sam Bush and Acoustic Syndicate.
And while music is the driving force behind the festival, preserving the environment is a top priority of organizers. Alongside solar-powered stages, patrons will find the Green Village, where a variety of local non-profits — including N.C. Green Power, Appalachian Voices, ASU Energy Center, High Country Conservancy, Dogwood Alliance and Habitat for Humanity — will be on hand to provide information and educational materials. There will also be a river clean up, a food drive to benefit the Hunger Coalition, low-impact shuttles and a requirement that all vendors use only compostable materials. Additionally, a portion of proceeds will go to benefit Appalachian Voices, a Boone-based environmental non-profit.
Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.musiconthemountaintop.com