Seeking Solitude

Seeking Solitude

Learning to be alone and enjoying time with myself has led to feelings of peace, increased happiness, stress management, and confidence. Being alone is often mistaken for loneliness. There is a world of difference between solitude and loneliness and to understand the difference opens you up to personal growth. The more you master the art of solitude, the more you learn to love yourself. The goal should be to learn to love yourself so much that you look forward to those moments of solitude.

The Monthly Dirt | Fall 2019

The Monthly Dirt | Fall 2019



Solo Support:

If you are looking to do a solo hike but would feel safer having a support team then we are your crew. We help you with the planning and logistics as well as offer recommendations for gear. We will carry your extra clothing, food, and gear that can be picked up at any road crossing. There’s no greater reward than a cold drink from the cooler or a hot drink when it’s cold. We will track you and be there along the way.

Group Support:

Don’t need a trail guide but would like to have a support team then we are what you need. We will travel along and see you at each road crossing where we will have cold and warm drinks for you. We can also carry your extra gear and food. Experience the wilderness with the security of a support team that can address any first aid issues or give guidance.

Group Trail Guide:

Whether its a family trip or a girls weekend away let us guide you . We can help you plan a trip that meets your groups physical abilities and skills. Your personal guide will be there to lead the way, address any first aid issues, provide guidance and support.

The Monthly Dirt | August 2019

The  Monthly Dirt | August 2019

What is your definition of a strong woman? For me it’s many layers. She is able to fight against others expectations, she knows who she is, she is independent but knows when to ask for help, she follows her own path, she is a fighter and perseveres, she doesn’t let others define her, she is balanced, she respects herself, she is humble, she loves, she understand how defeat makes her stronger, she supports and empowers others and most of all she is always learning and growing. Be your strongest self!

The Monthly Dirt | July 2019

The Monthly Dirt | July 2019

The Dirt On The Benton MacKaye Trail

It’s a footpath of nearly 300 miles through the Appalachian mountains of the southeastern United States and is blazed by a white diamond. The trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap on the northern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the BMT passes through some of the most remote backcountry in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, including eight federally designated Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. Benton McKaye was a Massachusetts forester and regional planner who first had the idea for the Appalachian Trail in 1921. The two trails, the AT and the BMT are the same for the first few miles before splitting apart to go their separate ways.

Ticks - Don't Fall For The Myths

Ticks - Don't Fall For The Myths

Don’t fall for the myths

There are several remedies for removing ticks by making them back out such as touching it with a match, covering it with petroleum jelly, nail polish and so on. This often causes the opposite reaction and if the tick does back out it could possibly deposit more of its disease carrying secretions into you, which increases the risk of infection. Basically, the tick could vomit before backing out. Yuck!

We Welcome Our New Wilderness Trail Guide

We Welcome Our New Wilderness Trail Guide

We would like to introduce our new trail guide, Karen Leonard. She will be on our Appalachian Trail team and we are so excited to have her. Her passion and drive are contagious and an inspiration. Thanks to Karen we will be able to open up our Appalachian Trail Experiences to more women.

Her skills and knowledge will make you feel comfortable exploring the backcountry. Karen has many miles and adventures worth of experience to guide you safely. She will be getting her Wilderness First Aid Certification this month. Your safety is very important to us and that’s why we are so excited to have Karen to lead you.

Welcome aboard Karen! We are so honored and excited to have you on our team.

Just Past The Impossible

Just Past The Impossible

Just Past The Impossible

Two years ago I drove to Maryland by myself to complete the Kennedy 50 Walk. I arrived to meet a bunch of strangers and walk fifty miles in one day. We began at 4:30 in the morning with temperatures in the teens. I was so cold that I was numb and my water bottle was frozen, but I kept walking ignoring that inner voice saying “why are you doing this?”. When the sun began to rise, I stopped to enjoy the beginning of a new day and I dug deep to find the strength to just keep walking.

The Monthly Dirt | February 2019

The Monthly Dirt | February 2019

The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone who loves the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Traditionally people celebrate with their special valentine by giving cards, flowers, candy, or a special dinner. It’s not known for a day that single people, like myself, celebrate. But through the years for me, it has been a day that I celebrate the love I have for myself and those in my life. So whether you have that special someone or you are single, celebrate!

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. The good news is heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

To help prevent heart disease, you can:

  • Eat healthy.

  • Get active.

  • Stay at a healthy weight.

  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.

  • Manage stress.

Getting outdoors with us can help get you active, stay at a healthy weight, and manage your stress. We have the following events in February to get you moving.



Trails to Mountain Roads | February 2nd

We will have a 5k and 10K run that will take you on part of the beautiful Pine Mountain Trail and along the scenic mountain road.


Free Hike Fit Series | February 9th

Build your endurance and strength to improve your hiking and help prevent injuries. It will involve a one-mile hike, short distance walking, and exercise stations.


Free Group Hike | February 16th

We will hike 4 miles round trip to the Falls and back. Meet us at the WJSP TV Tower parking area a little before 11:00 to sign in.


Loop Hopping | February 23rd

We will hike three loops along the Pine Mountain Trail. After each loop we will shuttle you to the next loop. You will hike a total of 8.2 miles.

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What They Are Saying About Us

If you are on the fence about joining us, please check out what others are saying about us. Hop on over that fence and join us! We promise you won’t regret it. It doesn’t matter what your age or fitness level is, we have an event for you. We provide encouragement, support, training, and most of all a great experience.


I was one of the participants of this awesome journey with Iron Braid Adventures. Michele is a wonderful mentor, coach, and cheerleader. Get out there ladies and test your limits. It is worth it!


Great weekend! Thanks, Michele! You’re amazing!


Love Iron Braid Adventures- Michele Eisenzopf is a fantastic teacher of the trail focusing on preparation, safety, and fun. If you are interested in hiking/backpacking sign up for one their events!!

Free Monthly events

We have monthly group hikes and our Hike Fit Series. Our group hikes vary in mileage and the trails are rated as easy to moderate. Our Hike Fit Series is a great way to train to become a stronger hiker. We hike 1-mile, walk around the lake, and have exercise stations. What’s great about this is regardless of your fitness level we all work out together. You decide how much you want to do. You can complete one round at each station or complete as many as you can in the allotted time. 


Valentine Group Hike February 16th - We will hike 4 miles round trip to the Falls and back. Meet us at the WJSP TV Tower parking area a little before 11:00 to sign in. We will begin our hike promptly at 11:00. 

Wolfden Loop Group Hike March 9th - We will hike the 6.7 mile Wolf Den Loop which is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of trail. Meet us at the WJSP TV Tower trailhead parking area a little before 11:00 to sign in. We will begin our hike promptly at 11:00. 

Overlook Loop Group Hike April 27th - We will explore the Overlook Loops 3.4 miles. We will meet in the parking lot across from Callaway Country Store. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. The hike will begin promptly at 10:00.

Mother’s Day Celebration Group Hike May 11th - We will hike the 3.2 mile Mountain Creek Nature Trail. Meet us at the Trading Post inside the campground a little before 11:00 to sign in. We will begin our hike promptly at 11:00. 


We will meet at the Trading Post store in the campground. You will need to purchase a parking pass.



Fools Hike 23-Miler | March 30th

Join us as we tackle the whole 23 miles of the Pine Mountain Trail in one day. We will have support staff, water and snack stations, and shuttles available at road crossings. We want everyone to complete the whole trail but you are in charge of how far you hike. We have a proven process that makes it easier to cross that mile 23 marker.

Our journey will start at 7:00 in the morning where you will begin exploring the beautiful Pine Mountain Trail. We will stop for a lunch break at mile 14 where you will relax on the grass and enjoy the view. All you need to carry is water. We will have a vehicle that follows along with you that will carry any extra gear and transport your lunch.

Commit by registering, start training, and get ready to test your limits, See how far you can go!

My 1200 Mile Journey In 2019

My 1200 Mile Journey In 2019

My 1200 Mile Journey In 2019

I’m going to take you along on my journey. My personal goal is 1200 outdoor miles on my feet hiking, walking, or running. I don’t know if I will reach my goal but I will enjoy the journey and the benefits I will receive moving towards it. I’ve chosen to take you along with me because I have found that if you write something down and share it, your chance of accomplishing it increases.