Climbing for ROMP Takes on Crowders Mountain


The Range of Motion Project is a technology-based, nonprofit organization, which provides high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, thus enhancing mobility and unlocking human potential. ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment. ROMP recognizes the dual hardships

The Long Way Around

2019-03-08T14:24:29-05:00Features, Hiking|

  By Charlie Engle I’m a North Carolina native and an avid trail runner so I know how wonderful and diverse this great state is ... or at least I thought I did until I heard Diane Van Deren describe the sweet salty taste of the coastal air and

MST ENDURANCE RUN UPDATE – Keeping Track of Diane


  By Chuck Millsaps   Wednesday Dispatch from the MST: We just completed a 36-mile run that we started at 3:30 this morning from Mt Tabor Baptist Church in Carteret County in order to make this Cedar Island Ferry. The pre-dawn start was rough as we had only 2 hours in

MST ENDURANCE RUN UPDATE – Swimming through Wilson Creek


Section 12 of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the 24-mile stretch between Linville Gorge and Beacon Heights at the base of Grandfather Mountain, is described as “Waterfall Backpack through the Pisgah National Forest.” It lived up to its description yesterday for Diane Van Deren on Day 7 of her quest to

MST ENDURANCE RUN UPDATE – Story from the Trail


The MST Endurance Run officially began at 4:30am Thursday, May 10 2012. With temperatures in the low 30’s clouds covered Clingman’s Dome tower and made for visibility limited. Diane Van Deren, excited to begin this adventure, wondered what her first experience in the Smokies would hold.   It held

Ultra-Runner Diane Van Deren to Attempt MST Speed Record


By Kate Dixon On Thursday, May 10th, Diane Van Deren, a 2010 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will set off from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to attempt a new speed record for the MST. To do that, she will need to reach Jockey's Ridge

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