18 Days with Friends

11:44 a.m. on November 3, 2013 (EST)
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Okay boys, here's a link to my last trip of October 2013 into the mountains of TN and NC.

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2013-1/Test-Gallery-For-Trip-150


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The trip (150) starts out on October 14 at Beech Gap with an 85 lb pack and in 3 miles I'm at Barrel Gap on Trail 149.


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Most of my food for the trip is prepared a week before with this TSM food dehydrator and making ample use of its 5 trays and 5 silicone sheets.


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I do extensive trailwork on the Brush Mt trail and stop by the old engine block for a break.


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Brush Mt pops me out on the South Fork trail and several miles up I set the tent in the rain at Iron Camp.


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I meet Patman on the Bob and we hike together for 3 miles to the Hangover.


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On Hangover Mt we meet up with John Quillen and the Southern Highlanders.


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Gonzan and his brother Josh also show up on the Hangover after surviving the climb up the Nutbuster.


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That night a whole crew of people gather on the Hangover for a campfire pow wow.


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The Holy Dog and the shadows and prayers sent to the Holy Dog.


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Bob Butterfield comes to the Hangover while John Quillen leaves.


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I descend to Slickrock Creek and find 2 backpackers with this whippet dog.


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I climb the Nutbuster trail for the 33rd time and decide to set up camp at a new spot on the most rugged part of the trail---Leg 6 of Lonesome Ridge.  A stray hunting dog joins me for 2 days.


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As I climb the Nutbuster I see there is frost on Hangover Mt.


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In Naked Ground Gap I meet Bill and Scott Epps filtering water at the spring.


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I decide to completely clear the Rocky Flats trail in the Citico and run into this blowdown across the trail.


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Blowdown fixed!!


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The obligatory Rocky Flats chimney shot.


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The trip ends at the Jeffrey Hell trailhead.


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And so the trip ends with a 2 mile roadwalk to my pickup point.

9:46 a.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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Nice Report Tipi!

 

Wow, you laid down some tracks on that one.

I browsed the smugmug pics....good stuff although I'm glad I went to bed before John transformed to Buff and then to a dog.

I've got to check out Brush and make another attempt of Rocky Flats for sure now to take advantage of all that trail work.

 

I still plan on doing a week trip in late November but have not decided where yet. I went this last weekend to the Smokies and discovered it's time to pull out the overkill winter bag for sure.

10:02 a.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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Hey Patman---Well, I went ahead and just ordered your down mittens, size large.  Ya can't have too much geese. 

It was great seeing you and Quillen and Gonzan and all the rest---it broke up an otherwise fairly lonely trip---as usual.

1:25 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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Pardon me for my ignorance Mr. Tipi, but what is the thingie on the hunting dog, picture #104? Tracking device, perhaps? 

2:37 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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It was great meeting up with you guys. That campfire gathering was quite entertaining, to say the least :) 

2:45 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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Sean Van Cleve (MO) said:

Pardon me for my ignorance Mr. Tipi, but what is the thingie on the hunting dog, picture #104? Tracking device, perhaps? 

 Hunting dogs in the Southeast wear up to 3 cumbersome collars---GPS and batteries and other tracking devices.  I consider it "abuse" since I would not want to wear such crap but then I'm a human and not a dog.  Here's another example---


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This guy looks to have TWO battery packs.

3:05 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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Beautiful Fall colors. 

 

Tipi said:

I descend to Slickrock Creek and find 2 backpackers with this whippet dog

There's a Devo joke in there some place. 

 

Tipi also said:

 I consider it "abuse" since I would not want to wear such crap but then I'm a human and not a dog.

Yes but you wear a 90-odd pound pack.  I think a radio collar would be lighter, although you do get a choice lol.

 

Thanks for posting the trip! 

 

3:15 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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TW,

Good choice on the down mittens….I’m very satisfied with mine and really enjoyed having warm hands last winter for a change.

MO,

Bear hunting in the southeast is a pretty sad affair in my opinion: the dogs tree the bears and the hunters come behind and shoot the bears out of the tree. I personally don’t see the sport in that and the sadness is compounded by the fact that few of the hunters (at least the ones I’ve talked to, I guess)  will actually eat the bear meat.

3:42 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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nice trip.....

so how "passable" is brush mountain trail now?

 

 

4:19 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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kevinumberger said:

nice trip.....

so how "passable" is brush mountain trail now?

 

 

 It's in great shape as I placed necessary ribbons at some of the problem places, although newbs will still probably panic and get "lost" as the trail is not heavily hiked and it meanders alongside Brush Ridge and then POW climbs up to the top of the ridge and then ZAP falls off the ridge on a strange switchback and then there's a slight bit of confusion where the trail descends to Brush Creek and crosses to the other side.

But you will have no problems.

4:39 p.m. on November 4, 2013 (EST)
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i kinda have a feeling that i wont be on that trail anytime soon.....

photo 19 of yer gallery---with the campsite with the fire ring that has the rock wind block----that's the point when i was coming up from south fork, that the trail started to get overgrown....

there were a few cleared spots afterwards but not many.....

i was following old ribbon and cuts on the tree...

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