Bruce grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop and Explorer Post # 1. He spent his youth camping, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing in the woods, fields, rivers and lakes all over South Carolina. He also spent considerable time during those years hiking and backpacking all over the Great Smoky MountainsNational Park. As an adult, he has continued his Scouting career as a Scoutmaster for the last 26 years and has led innumerable Scouts and others on backpacking and paddling trips throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Bruce also spends a great deal of time training Scouting leaders and others on topics such as leadership, wilderness safety, nature study and Leave No Trace principles. He received Scouting’s prestigious Silver Beaver Award in 2006, was the Wood Badge course director in 2009 and was made a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow in 2009. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious William T. Hornaday Gold Badge for conservation efforts.
Bruce has thru-hiked the Foothills Trail twice, has been an active member of the Foothills Trail Conference since 2000. He regularly maintains a section of the trail, and currently serves on their board of directors.
He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder through Wilderness Medical Associates and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
He is a consummate outdoorsman, and many people have often remarked that hiking with Bruce is like hiking with South Carolina’s own naturalist, Rudy Mancke; and like Mancke, there is nothing Bruce loves better than introducing folks to the wonders of the outdoor world.
Terry was born in Georgia where he spent most of his summers in the mountains on a family farm. He spent his spare time trapping, hunting, camping, backpacking and fishing near Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
As a young adult, Terry spent a lot of time backpacking the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail where he has logged over a 1000 miles in the southern section of the AT.
“My time spent in the mountains as a youth and young adult really helped me develop my love and respect for the Appalachian Mountains, a love that has never left me”.
In 2002, Terry joined The Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master and has been with Troop 307 for 11 years. He has led numerous youth outings with the Boy Scouts as well as various church groups across the country.
In 2007, Terry started the company Big Rock Outfitters. Today, Big Rock outfitters offers Retail gear, Rental backpacking/ boating gear and guided trips.