Carolina Mountain Club

Hike - Save trails - Make friends

August 13, 2010

CMC Calendar

Check us out on Facebook.


Upcoming Hikes | Hike Reports |Maintenance Schedule

What's Happening in the Next Two Weeks Help your favorite park
Other Important News Multi Club Camping Weekend
Interview Meet Lenny Bernstein
Heard on the Ground New trail maintenance opportunities
Heard on the Trail Three bird orchid
The Small Print Deadlines, change of addresses and other details

From Your Editor

Back Home

I'm back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska. We hiked in Denali National Park and other parks and forests. It was a great vacation but it was a vacation. I came back home with even greater appreciation that here in the Southern Appalachians is still the best place to hike, week in, week out, all year round. Danny

What's Happening in the Next Two Weeks

Let's continue to build the MST - Saturday August 21

Our 3rd quarter Saturday Mountains-to-Sea Trail building day will be August 21, as always, leaving promptly at 9:00 from the Moose Cafe. Come at 8:00 for breakfast.

Our second meeting place will be the Fork Ridge Overlook on the Parkway MP 449 at 9:30.  We should be back at the Moose by 3:00.  Bring plenty of water and a hazel hoe, if you own one.

Please make every effort to attend and get all your able-bodied friends and neighbors to come help too.  It is for a great cause and everyone will feel so good after putting in a days work constructing new trail!

Please spread the word. Les Love.

Help your favorite park

Now through the end of August you can help your favorite land a $100,000 grant by voting in a National Park Foundation contest.

The funding comes from Coca-Cola, which will give the $100,000 to the state or national park that lands the most votes by August 31. There is no limit to the number of times you can vote, either.

To cast your ballot, visit this site.



In a market for a canoe or kayak?

Mini Demo Days Every Wednesday from 4 - 6 pm at Diamond Brand Outdoors

When beginning the process of searching for a canoe or kayak, there is no substitute for first hand use. Diamond Brand will be hosting on-the-water mini demos every Wednesday this summer at Lake Julian. Boats available to demo include whitewater and recreational kayaks and canoes by Native Watercraft, Wilderness Systems, Hurricane, Wavesport, Liquid Logic, and Mad River Canoe. To reserve your spot, call Diamond Brand at (828) 684-6262 and ask for the Paddlesports department. For any questions, please contact Derek at

Tuesdays in August • Gear Garages

Diamond Brand will host a series of "Gear Garages" on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm starting on August 10th. The clinics are free, are open to the public and will cover the following topics:

August 10: Trip Planning and How to Pack a Pack

August 17: Boot Lacing and Care

August 24: Knot Tying and Bear Hangs

August 31: The W's of the Layering System and De-Mystifying Clothing: Synthetics to Naturals

For more information on the Gear Garages, contact Derek at or call 828-684-6262.

Other Important News

Land of the Sky honored our CMC president, Barth Brooker

Land of the Sky Regional Council honored Barth Brooker by reprinting an interview published in the eNews interview. Check out their site.

Multi-Club Camping in the Cherokee National Forest - Sept. 17 to 19

Camp and hike in the Cherokee National Forest with other Appalachian Trail Conservancy club members.

Cherokee National Forest Rock Creek Recreation Area near Erwin, Tennessee is quite close to Western North Carolina and perfect for a weekend of camping and friendship.

See the flyer for all info. Direct any questions to 



New Website Update by Becky Smucker

You have probably been wondering what is happening with the website redesign project that CMC members approved funding for last winter.  We’re making progress!  After much research and thought, we negotiated and signed a contract with Stratos Digital, a local website design firm, to do the design portion of what we are calling Phase I. This will involve the basic design work, interfacing with our databases, and transferring some of the existing material from the old site, built by Don Walton, to the new.  There will be a lot of changes, but our goal is to make improvements that allow extensive member communication and interaction and reduce data handling while keeping things as clear and straightforward as possible.

Read the complete article.


Welcome Lisa Druke - New CMC member - by Becky Smucker

One of CMC’s newest members is Lisa Druke, Outings Chair for the Onondaga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) in central New York .

One Saturday in May she ran into the CMC Wilderness Crew on the Shining Creek Trail in Shining Rock Wilderness.  The Crew was clearing the trail of the many downs from last winter, and Lisa was scouting the Shining Creek/Greasy Cove loop for an ADK outing in June.  We enjoyed a conversation over lunch, and she resumed her scout while we went back to removing downed trees.

Read the whole story.






Great Outdoors Initiative came to Asheville

On July 15, 2010, high level Representatives from the Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture came to Asheville to hear what we had to say about reconnecting people to the great outdoors as part of America's Great Outdoors Initiative. This was part of a nationwide listening tour, most in large cities.

The overriding question was:

How can we make all this wonderful parkland relevant to a diverse audience, especially young people and folks who usually don't camp and hike in our parks?

Over ten CMC members attended, spoke and contributed to the discussion. In addition, Julie Judkins of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Asheville presented the findings of the youth listening session. See the photo.

For a discussion of the Great Outdoors Initiative, see the National Parks Traveler site.

For a summary of comments in Asheville, see this Department of the Interior site.

Awards Nominations:  Your Input is Needed by Sept. 1

Each year CMC sets up a committee to consider which of our members we might want to recognize for their outstanding contributions to our Club.

We have two main awards, and they serve different purposes.  The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a member for extraordinary service to CMC over at least five years.  The Award of Appreciation is for an exceptional contribution during the past year.

The committee needs your input and your nominations if you know of someone who deserves an award this year.  Guidelines are included with a nomination form as an insert in the third quarter Let’s Go. It's also on our website at Service Awards where you will also find a list of members who have received these awards since they were established.  Nominations must be received by September 1.

Contact Becky Smucker, Chair, with questions


Meet Lenny Bernstein - by Bobbi Powers

Lenny Bernstein is, as Seinfeld’s Elaine would say, “Google-worthy.”

When Googling Lenny you will, once you have scrolled past that other Leonard Bernstein - the musical whiz - come across several listings for the significant accomplishments of Lenny the CMCer.

We CMCers are also interested in Lenny who is an avid hiker and trail maintainer and the up-close-and-personal side of Lenny Bernstein. Lenny was president of CMC in 2006 and 2007. 

I recently posed some questions for Lenny.

Read on to find out how he met Danny, his  interesting career, his part in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and his busy retirement schedule.


Heard on the Ground

Adopt a Section of the A.T.
Big Butt to Flint Gap, 3.3 miles

Adopt a Section of the MST
Richland Gap Access to Richland Balsam Access (3 Trees) 1.2 miles
Double Top to Old Bald Access, 1.1 miles

If you're interested in either the A.T. or MST, email Barth Brooker


Maintenance Reports created by Jim Ariail

Closed maintenance items.
Maintenance Hours Reporting System
Event summary
Executive summary

Heard on the Trail

Have you seen this flower?

This is a three bird orchid (Triphora trianthophora).

While I roved the Kephard Prong Trail in the Smokies, a knowledgeable visitor showed me a photo of these tiny flowers. It's a small white flower with three petals that look like they will take flight. There's a bunch of them on the side of the trail between the first and second bridge on the Kephard Trail, past the Civilian Conservation Corp artifacts. I looked them up in various flower books but found nothing.

A Forest Service website identified them as and that's where I lifted the photo from. So I ask again, have you seen this flower before?Danny


The Small Print

The eNews comes out on Fridays. So ... The next issue will come out on Friday, August 27. Wednesday hike reports for the hike just before the eNews comes out will be published in the next eNews.

Hiker leaders, please send all your eNews hike reports and photos to Dave Wetmore at

So send me your news and maintenance reports by Tuesday evening at 9 P.M. before the newsletter comes out, that is, by Tuesday evening August 24 to Danny Bernstein at Include your email address at the end of your story. Thank you.

       The CMC Calendar is meant to answer the perennial question "When is this happening again?" It is also meant to prevent conflicts between competing CMC events. Please check it often.

Westgate parking - Park in the northernmost part of the lot - past EarthFare, in the last row of parking spaces.

How to join the Carolina Mountain Club
1. Go to
2. Click on “How to Join” (upper-left on web page)
3. Print out the “CMC Application Form”
4. Fill it Out, write a check for your dues and ...5. Mail to CMC, PO Box 68, Asheville NC 28802

        For CMC members only - Send all address and email changes to Marcia Bromberg at Do not resubscribe yourself to the eNews. That will be done automatically.

If you are a non-member subscriber, you need to go back to the
CMC home page > News >Subscribe and change it there yourself.


Danny Bernstein