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I’m on a hot streak right now as my wife has gifted me with a second backpacking trip within a month! As an early present for my 41st she joined me on a two night, two day trip to the Roan Highlands in TN. (Even after having the last trip ended prematurely by a black bear.)
It was a three hour drive after work and we started in the fresh darkness about 9PM from Carvers Gap. I didn’t bother with any more pictures on the hike in as the point and shoot flash doesn’t really produce great results. By headlamp we went up and down Round Bald and Jane Bald, and then up Grassy Ridge. Despite the days heat there was frost on everything that night. The primo saddle camp was taken so went up to the first Rhodo camp on the north peak.
The next morning I snapped a couple pics of the small tent spot on the ridge at about 6K in elevation. I had forgotten how intense the dew and condensation is up there. Everything was soaking wet.
A few steps from camp was this morning view.
Breakfast spread on the mountain.
The second order of business was to push through the wet foliage and show Susan the views from the ridge.
But we mustn’t overlook the cool succulent pushing through the rock.
The Catawba was not in full bloom but getting very close.
We decide to day hike back down the ridge and explore off trail in the expanse of tall grass.
With no GPS Susan found a geo cache!
It was lovely day all around.
We moved our camp down to the open saddle.
We installed a piece of PVC pipe at the spring down the hill.
You can still find a private spot on a popular mountain if you’re willing to suffer a few scratches and scrapes to push through the woods.
We had to seek shade on and off. This was one of the most extreme temperature swing trips I’ve ever done. It went from cold to hot, back and forth all weekend.
We met some nice folks that were actually from our neck of the woods: Karen and Diane.
I need an ID on this tiny flowering shrub if anyone can help.
It was another lovely evening with a small campfire. I actually carried up four Duraflame roasting logs rather than try to find wood so high up on the mountain. They were basically formed charcoal.
The next foggy morning I got up to answer the call and discovered two deer moving across the saddle. (My camera battery died so this and the rest of the pictures are from my cell phone.)
One of them had no fear of me at all.
The skies threatened us all morning but never poured.
While backtracking out we got to see all the blooms we missed by night hiking in two days before.
This was another great trip to the Roan and highly recommended as a couples journey.
Hope you enjoyed the report!
Happy Trails ya’ll!