• James A. Brannock
James A. Brannock

James A. Brannock

James Brannock is a Columbia personal property appraiser (furniture, silver, art, antiques, etc.). He began backpacking when his son was in Boy Scouts and spent 10 days backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch...he continues to backpack once or twice a year with friends from those Scouting days. Brannock and his son, Calder, walked the Coast to Coast Trail across England in 2010 (see the photo from the Lake District). On the Ultimate Hike for CureSearch-Children's Cancer Research, Brannock walked over 30 miles in one day...some eight miles further than any previous single day personal record.

The Ultimate Hike, Foothills Trail, November 9, 2013

We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express in Lavonia, GA (just over the SC line on I-85) early afternoon on Friday. Staff from CureSearch –children’s cancer research – and the Oconee County Rescue Squad greeted us with goodie bags: T-shirts, wrist band, flashlight, bottle of water, a walkie talkie to use on the hike and a first aid kit (in some bags). (I got a first aid kit and Mel didn’t. I didn’t want him to feel bad so I slipped the pound-and-a half kit into his bag when he was not looking. I carried my personal first aid kit with bandages, tape, gauze pads designed to stop bleeding and powder to shake into a wound to stop bleeding…yes, I bleed like the Exxon Valdese!).

Ultimate Hike for Children's Cancer Research...28.3 miles in one day

Ultimate Hike for Children's Cancer Research...28.3 miles in one day

June 29, 2014, Foothills Trail - I have just returned from volunteering at the Ultimate Hike on the Foothills Trail...it was different, both because of the time of year and because of seeing it from a different angle: volunteer instead of hiker.

Although our Columbia team was smaller, the overall group was diverse and larger than 2013 (a lot of familiar faces among coaches and hikers). There were also a couple of insane people:

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