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May 2019
Cooking breakfast in the wild
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Nothing is better than food cooked in the wild. It creates the perfect combination of smoky flavor and natural taste that can’t be matched at home. One meal that is often skipped in the wild is breakfast. Too many people think breakfast in the outdoors must consist of pop tarts and other non-nutritious meals. But Read more

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May May 2019
Cooking breakfast in the wild

Nothing is better than food cooked in the wild. It creates the perfect combination of smoky flavor and natural taste that can’t be matched at home. One meal that is often skipped in the wild is breakfast. Too many people think breakfast in the outdoors must consist of pop tarts and other non-nutritious meals. But Read more

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March 2019
10 places to find snow near Knoxville
Max Patch In The Deep Snow

Have you ever wanted to see more snow in Knoxville and asked, “where can I find snow near Knoxville?” Knoxville, like most southern cities, isn’t used to getting a lot of snow. 2-inches will typically close a Wal-Mart! Despite the lack of wintertime precipitation in the city, one thing that is special about Knoxville is Read more

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Mar March 2019
10 places to find snow near Knoxville

Have you ever wanted to see more snow in Knoxville and asked, “where can I find snow near Knoxville?” Knoxville, like most southern cities, isn’t used to getting a lot of snow. 2-inches will typically close a Wal-Mart! Despite the lack of wintertime precipitation in the city, one thing that is special about Knoxville is Read more

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July 2018
unleaSHEd Festival
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I had a blast taking photos of the unleaSHEd Women’s Adventure Festival in Knoxville recently! Thank you to all the adventurous women who accepted having a guy around taking photos and emceeing. You all crushed it!!! If you were a participant in the festival, you should have received an email with links to full size Read more

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Jul July 2018
unleaSHEd Festival

I had a blast taking photos of the unleaSHEd Women’s Adventure Festival in Knoxville recently! Thank you to all the adventurous women who accepted having a guy around taking photos and emceeing. You all crushed it!!! If you were a participant in the festival, you should have received an email with links to full size Read more

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March 2018
PackPillow Camping Pillow
PackPillow review

EVERY OUNCE COUNTS There is a term with backpackers and adventurers – Every ounce counts! We are always looking for ways to shed pounds and even ounces in our packs. So we look for gear that can be used in multiple ways. PACKPILLOW REVIEW When a product like PackPillow comes along, I get excited. But, Read more

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Mar March 2018
PackPillow Camping Pillow

EVERY OUNCE COUNTS There is a term with backpackers and adventurers – Every ounce counts! We are always looking for ways to shed pounds and even ounces in our packs. So we look for gear that can be used in multiple ways. PACKPILLOW REVIEW When a product like PackPillow comes along, I get excited. But, Read more

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December 2017
Gifts For Adventurers
Winter Gifts For Climbers

I know your delima. You think, “What gift can I get for a rock climber?”, “What gift does a mountain biker need?”, “What gift can I buy a hiker?”. Our adventures include equipment and preferences that vary widely. But, here are some gifts that should for almost every outdoor adventurer. LAST MINUTE GIFTS FOR OUTDOOR Read more

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Winter Gifts For Climbers
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Dec December 2017
Gifts For Adventurers

I know your delima. You think, “What gift can I get for a rock climber?”, “What gift does a mountain biker need?”, “What gift can I buy a hiker?”. Our adventures include equipment and preferences that vary widely. But, here are some gifts that should for almost every outdoor adventurer. LAST MINUTE GIFTS FOR OUTDOOR Read more

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December 2017
Salewa Hybrid 2 Men’s Jacket
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Review: Salewa Hybrid 2 Primaloft Men’s Jacket Fall 2017 marks the first time the Italian-based company Salewa has released apparel in the United States, despite having a long history in other parts of the world. Is Salewa’s apparel quality as good and durable as its footwear? Is Salewa’s Primaloft jackets insulated enough? Does Salewa apparel Read more

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Salewa Hybrid 2 Men's Primaloft Jacket
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Dec December 2017
Salewa Hybrid 2 Men’s Jacket

Review: Salewa Hybrid 2 Primaloft Men’s Jacket Fall 2017 marks the first time the Italian-based company Salewa has released apparel in the United States, despite having a long history in other parts of the world. Is Salewa’s apparel quality as good and durable as its footwear? Is Salewa’s Primaloft jackets insulated enough? Does Salewa apparel Read more

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December 2017
Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX
Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX

Review: Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking and Hiking Boot I have been a fan of Salewa footwear for a few years and was excited to test this boot and all its guarantees. The question is, would it hold up to the challenges? Is the MTN Trainer Mid GTX really blister free?! Does it’s waterproofing Read more

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Dec December 2017
Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX

Review: Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking and Hiking Boot I have been a fan of Salewa footwear for a few years and was excited to test this boot and all its guarantees. The question is, would it hold up to the challenges? Is the MTN Trainer Mid GTX really blister free?! Does it’s waterproofing Read more

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October 2017
Love and Adventures
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THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE You see me high inside a crater in Iceland, kayaking and paddleboarding down a southern river, climbing some of the best crags in the world, skiing the best mountains in the west, flying high above the earth with a hang glider or parachute, biking amazing trails, traveling, and Read more

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Oct October 2017
Love and Adventures

THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE You see me high inside a crater in Iceland, kayaking and paddleboarding down a southern river, climbing some of the best crags in the world, skiing the best mountains in the west, flying high above the earth with a hang glider or parachute, biking amazing trails, traveling, and Read more

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July 2017
4 Hours In Knoxville
4 Hours in Knoxville

A few months ago, a couple friends from the outdoor industry passed through Knoxville. They wanted to stop, say hi, and see the city. We determined they had about 4-hours to spend before heading north. They had never been in Knoxville, or Tennessee for that matter. So what could we explore in 4-hours in Knoxville Read more

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4 Hours in Knoxville
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Jul July 2017
4 Hours In Knoxville

A few months ago, a couple friends from the outdoor industry passed through Knoxville. They wanted to stop, say hi, and see the city. We determined they had about 4-hours to spend before heading north. They had never been in Knoxville, or Tennessee for that matter. So what could we explore in 4-hours in Knoxville Read more

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April 2017
Yamacraw 50K Photos
Yamacraw Main Image 2017

Below are the photos from the 50K at the 2017 Yamacraw trail race from Stearns, Kentucky to Blue Heron in the Big South Fork River & Recreation Area. These shots were taken about 18-miles into the 33.1-miles race and close to a much needed aid station. It was great to see each runner’s expression going Read more

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Apr April 2017
Yamacraw 50K Photos

Below are the photos from the 50K at the 2017 Yamacraw trail race from Stearns, Kentucky to Blue Heron in the Big South Fork River & Recreation Area. These shots were taken about 18-miles into the 33.1-miles race and close to a much needed aid station. It was great to see each runner’s expression going Read more

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ABOUT KEVIN FLINT

Kevin Flint is a Knoxville, Tenn. based outdoor adventurer, content creator, gear tester, adventure writer, travel writer, and marketing communications specialist. He spends time exploring remote and wild lands and the destinations along the way. During his explorations, he tests gear and gathers professional quality content for brands, destinations, and media companies. He also tells honest stories and shares the beautiful things he experiences in the process through this website, media outlets, and his social media channels.

His love for the outdoors began at an early age. Before he was 2-weeks-old, his father had him out on the family ski boat on Cherokee Lake in Grainger County, Tenn. That experience, he says, put East Tennessee water in his veins. Since birth, there has not been many times in his life he has been without a boat. That is just a part of who he is. His parents had a home so close to the lake, the water would reach slightly under the front porch at full-pool. He spend early childhood summer mornings fishing off the porch and watching the squirrels play in the white oaks that surrounded the porch. Paddling water became second nature to him. As he grew, his love for the outdoors intensified. He typically explored higher and further than others wanted to go. Getting up at 4:30 in the morning to hike up a steep mountain to explore or hunt was the best part of his year.

During high school, friends introduced him to rock climbing and repelling on a small face in Virginia. That was something that changed him forever. He never stopped wanting to be on the rocks. When not playing high school football, he stayed in the mountains, rivers, and lakes around Tennessee. During college, be bought a set of skis and a season pass to Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina and learned to ski. Later, that season pass turned into multiple season passes to Colorado ski resorts. He learned to pilot a hang glider in Chattanooga.

In 2005, Kevin was hired as a young outdoor writer for "Visiting The Smokies" magazine and its sister company newspaper. During that time, he honed his craft at telling a compelling story, research, and fact checking. The magazine covered the areas that surround the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Kevin also covered shifts for the news director at 92.9 WNPC radio where he found and reported area news for a 15-minute broadcast. He was also a radio DJ at the station under the name "Cowboy Kevin".

In 2008, Kevin was hired as Rafting In The Smokies’ (RITS) Outpost Manager on the Pigeon River in Hartford, Tenn and later managed the zipline and high ropes course operation for the company. RITS is one of the highest volume rafting companies in the country. Working at RITS at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Pisgah National Forest gave Kevin unprecedented access to paddling, hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, and everything outside.

Even when working as a writer and manager, Kevin also worked on the side developing websites and marketing for companies and events. In 2012, he accepted a job as the digital team leader of a marketing communications company in Knoxville. He led the web development and digital marketing projects for a long list of national clients, including fortune 500 brands. In 2014, he formed his own marketing communications company in Knoxville giving him more freedom to travel, explore the world, and write about adventures.

Living in Knoxville, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, gives him the opportunity to play everyday in the land where mountains reign and rivers roar. The city is commerce meets the outdoors. It is a perfect fit for the self professed half CEO and half gypsy. He can work a full-day marketing a brand and have time in the evening to bike the South Loop in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness or a greenway, rock climb in nearby Obed, wakeboard on Fort Loudoun Lake/Tennessee River, hike House Mountain, or find numerous rivers, lakes, trails, and parks in all directions. He has deep southern roots, but has a love for all things outdoors, the American West, and foreign lands. He never stops loving life. He never stops living. He never stops exploring.

OTHER FACTS ABOUT KEVIN
Kevin is a supporting member of Access Fund, East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, American Canoe Association, and Chota paddle club.

Kevin is a graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership and Leadership Cocke County organizations. He served a term as Vice Chairman of the Leadership Cocke County board. He has twice been selected to attend the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership (TACL) state conference and is a former chair of the state conference committee.

As a teenager, Kevin was a regular member of the popular television show "Club Dance" on TNN, now known as Spike TV. The show was filmed in Knoxville and was about dancing. That’s another passion of his!

He currently has two dogs, Angel and Chomper, and loves all dogs! He is not "mondogamous" and cannot pass a dog up without saying hi.

He is a member of the Parrottsville Ruritan Club, where he served two terms as president of the charitable service club. He currently serves as its "social development" chairman.

Kevin is chairman of the Parrottsville Christmas Parade.

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

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Everything that glitters is not gold.
Bob McDill & Dan Seals

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

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