Who is Stuart Phelps?

I am a 47 year old Louisiana native who has been living in Charlotte, NC for 23 years. I still can not believe I have lived here half of my life! I have a 15 year old and a 19 year old son, who on occasion will join me on short hikes. I was married for 15 years and currently have been divorce for 6.

I moved here in 1997 after traveling the country doing GPS mapping for 3001, Inc. I had lived in hotels in Missouri and South Florida as well as 6 months in San Juan, Puerto Rico, all while calling Gainesville, Fl. my “home”. I started hiking just a few years ago and did my first long distance hike on the Bartram Trail through parts of Georgia up to Cheoa Bald on the Appalachian Trail.

I have currently done several day hikes on the AT for a total of about 70 miles here and there as well as many other hikes throughout NC. I just completed my first 10 mile hike in the snow up the Profile Trail at Grand Father Mountain.

I enjoy anything outdoors, some of the things are, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, as well as dabbling in white water kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and flat water kayaking.