About Us

Authors Nate Ballinger and Ryan Lubbers share a love for the Hickory Nut Gorge.  We both live among the gorge, and have spent many years exploring the many amazing places within the Hickory Nut Gorge.  With a passion for outdoor adventure, we believe this could be one of the most amazing areas in Western North Carolina, and in the Appalachian Mountains.  With its extreme relief, jagged cliffs, raging rivers, and mountain top views, it is no wonder we ended up here.  Nate is running a construction company called Bearwallow Construction, which specializes in Green Built Homes, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness.  Ryan is a teacher at the Lake Lure Classical Academy, and is a trail guide at Chimney Rock State park .