For the past several months I’ve been thinking about bringing Slickrock Expeditions to an end. It’s been 28 years since I started these outdoor adventures—a long enough span to see some of you grow up and to see some of you grow older—myself included! I decided that the two trips scheduled for this October, a backpack in Panthertown Valley here in western NC and a canoe trip on the Rio Grande in Texas, would be the last.
Burt works under outfitter-guide permits issued by the following agencies:
Burt has been nationally certified in the following:
Burt is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, 1972-74. He has a B.A. in history from the University of Oregon (1976) and an M.A. in English from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill (1980). He was president of the NC Bartram Trail Society for 12 years, and he is co-author of the NC Bartram Trail series of maps. Burt is author of A Guides Guide to Panthertown Valley and is a freelance writer, with numerous published articles about wilderness skills, backwoods safety, and natural history. Burt has been written about in such magazines as National Geographic, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Southern Living, Cooking Light, American Hiker, Southeastern Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife In North Carolina and Our State. He lives with his wife, Becky in Cullowhee, NC.
"Burt Kornegay is a one-man university on subjects such as the geography of the wilderness area, its animal and plant life, low-tech camping and wilderness survival, and the history of the native Americans who once were the only residents of the mountains. He can identify just about every plant in the forest and tell you which ones are edible and which are poisonous. He can show you how to make rope out of tree bark, and where to find natural tinder and kindling. He can start a fire with a wooden bow and stick, and with that fire he can cook a pot of good chili or chicken stew with dumplings, spiked with fresh ramps pulled from the creek bank."
Jerry Shinn, The Charlotte Observer
"Burt Kornegay is a one-match man. As the owner of Slickrock Expeditions, and the longest-running independent guide in the state, he has started hundreds of campfires in some of the most remote setting in the country, never using more than a single match."