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Stuart Peck is a freelance writer and video producer who specializes in outdoor, travel, corporate and commercial messaging and branding.  He has written for national magazines, video copy for healthcare and other corporate videos.  He also provides production support for commercials and TV shows.  

Sheltowee Trip Report - 1

January 18, 2011 - The year has started out of the gate like a triple crown winner on 'roids and now here we sit 18 days in, looking back, wondering where all the time has gone.  Between wedding planning, projects at work and trying to maintain some resemblance of a life there hasn't been much time for anything else.  In addition to everything else my trip to hike a section of the Sheltowee Trace trail in eastern Kentucky is less than two months away.  While that may look like a distant spot on the horizon there's much planning to do before ever setting foot on the trail or placing a single quickdraw on a climbing route.  Throw in an assignment by Backpacker magazine to write about the trip and there's an extra layer of preparation that now needs to take place. 

While posting on the blog on a regular basis didn't make the cut for this year's list of resolutions, I am going to try and make an effort to write several entries before and after the trip to eastern Kentucky.  Hopefully all of you guys reading will find this at least mildly interesting... or something to read at night to help you fall asleep. 

I've posted detailed topographical maps of the portion of trail we'll be hiking.  They may be a little bit of a strain to read, but what you're looking for is the thin red line snaking it's way across each page from the bottom to top, south to north.  While the Sheltowee stretches for over 200 miles in total, our party will be hiking approximately 30 miles of it.  The portion we'll be on winds its way through Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park.  The trip is planned for early March so it will most likely be colder then all else at night and hopefully somewhat comfortable during the day.  We're taking three days to hike the 30 mile section with a day at the beginning reserved for some climbing. 

Let me know if you have any questions regarding the trip and I'll do my best to keep you informed with how planning is going.   You can also find more information about the ST by visiting www.sheltoweetrace.com