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  • Writer's pictureBarrett B.

How I Challenged myself to complete a project in 14 days

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Let's go on a 14 day journey to some of the most remote and majestic areas in North Carolina. In this episode we're going to see the highest suspension footbridge in the United States, a national park where they filmed the iconic film the Last of the Mohicans, I'll be climbing ladders up on top of grandfather mountain and will see why the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best scenic drives in the United States.

In this challenge, I hiked, filmed and editing some of the most breathtaking places in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Watch here or click the video below:


  1. Stunning Scenery: Both Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain offer awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Chimney Rock State Park overlooks the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure, while Grandfather Mountain boasts vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Linville Gorge.

  2. Iconic Landmarks: Chimney Rock features a 315-foot granite monolith, known as Chimney Rock, which stands tall above the surrounding area. Climbing to the top provides a sense of accomplishment and an excellent vantage point to take in the beauty of the region. On the other hand, Grandfather Mountain is known for its distinct profile, with two prominent rocky peaks that resemble the face of an old man when viewed from a distance.

  3. Diverse Hiking Trails: Both locations offer a range of hiking trails suitable for various skill levels, from easy to challenging. Whether you are a beginner looking for a leisurely stroll or an experienced hiker seeking a more strenuous adventure, you can find a trail that suits your preferences.

  4. Unique Rock Formations: Grandfather Mountain is famous for its unique rock formations, including the Mile-High Swinging Bridge, which is the highest suspension footbridge in America. Walking across the bridge offers thrilling views and a one-of-a-kind experience.

  5. Rich Biodiversity: The areas around Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Nature enthusiasts will have the opportunity to spot various plant species, wildlife, and birds while exploring the trails.

  6. Outdoor Activities: Apart from hiking, both locations offer other outdoor activities such as picnicking, wildlife viewing, and nature photography. Additionally, Grandfather Mountain often hosts events and educational programs related to conservation and the environment.

  7. Cultural and Historical Significance: These places have significant cultural and historical importance to the region. For instance, Grandfather Mountain is considered sacred by several Native American tribes, and Chimney Rock State Park has a history dating back to the 19th century.


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