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Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers Paperback – April 15, 2008
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While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barr began pursuing the Congressional Award Gold Medal, a congressional honor given to young Americans who complete extensive projects in four different fields of personal development. In addition to fitness and public service, the award required a 4 day self- planned outdoor expedition. Barr planned a trip to hike 70 miles in 5 days on the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a college friend. According to Barr, they did everything wrong: 60 pound backpacks, tennis shoes, all cotton clothes, a cooking stove they didn't know how to use, a false sense of physical conditioning, and chips on their shoulders. They thought of turning back several times, but completed the trip as scheduled. Barr now intends to hike the Appalachian Trail in the coming years.
During his college years at UNC, Peter Barr worked as an assistant leader for Carolina Adventures, the campus outdoor club. The club led WAFFYS (Wilderness Adventures for First Year Students), week long backpacking trips for incoming freshmen as an optional addition to the college orientation program.
He later completed the "South Beyond 6000" challenge, climbing the 40 peaks in the southeast over 6,000 feet. After finishing the program, he joined the Carolina Mountain Club. In addition to leading hikes, he serves as Chairman of the club's challenge committee where he developed and implemented the "Lookout Tower Challenge", a program that challenges hikers to reach 24 of western North Carolina's lookout towers.
In addition to hiking, his hobbies include peakbagging and county high pointing. He has climbed the "Southeastern Highest 100" and "North Carolina Highest 100" summits, one of only two people to have ever completed these peak lists. He has also summited every southeastern peak over 5,000 feet, becoming the first person to ever do so, and has reached the highest point in over 90 North Carolina counties. He recently completed his next goal, hiking all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Barr has visited nearly every fire tower in North Carolina and is the director of the NC chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association. He is working to initiate multiple restoration projects for many lookout towers in the western part of the state and maintain and improve their access for hikers. His future outdoor ambitions include thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, climbing the Colorado 14ers, and hiking every state and federal maintained trail in western North Carolina.
Barr now periodically contributes outdoor articles for regional magazines and newspapers. He is presently working on a hiking and historical guide to the highest mountain peaks in the Southeast and wishes to pursue a career in land conservation in western North Carolina. Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers is his first book.
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-John F. Blair, Publisher
Top Customer Reviews
However, this book is more than just a guide or a book of directions. Peter did a lot of research and includes interesting stories/anecdotes with the information about the various lookouts. His enthusiasm for hiking, the outdoors and for these lookout towers comes through in his writing.
If you are a hiker looking for some new destinations in North Carolina, or if you are a lookout enthusiast (which you might become after visiting one of these places), you wiil enjoy this book.
Here's a tip: If you don't mind hiking back in the dark or camping overnight, try to time your hikes so that you are at a lookout tower at sunset. These lookouts have the most amazing sunset views that I have ever seen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Accurate directions for hikes. After reading the hikes we have taken were almost like we had been there already. Will continue to utilize this book as we hike. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cathryn Dravis
One great lookout at a time. I do tours at Pinnacle Knob Tower in Corbin KY at Cumberland Falls State ParkPublished on September 26, 2013 by Pam Gibson
This is an awesome book for anyone who loves firetowers and big views in the rugged mountains of North Carolina. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by R Shortt
I love the book. Most of the directions will get you there. Some calculations of distance are a bit off but not bad. Views are tremendous from many of the towers. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by tim