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Okay boys, here's a link to my last trip of October 2013 into the mountains of TN and NC.
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.
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.
I do extensive trailwork on the Brush Mt trail and stop by the old engine block for a break.
Brush Mt pops me out on the South Fork trail and several miles up I set the tent in the rain at Iron Camp.
I meet Patman on the Bob and we hike together for 3 miles to the Hangover.
On Hangover Mt we meet up with John Quillen and the Southern Highlanders.
Gonzan and his brother Josh also show up on the Hangover after surviving the climb up the Nutbuster.
That night a whole crew of people gather on the Hangover for a campfire pow wow.
The Holy Dog and the shadows and prayers sent to the Holy Dog.
Bob Butterfield comes to the Hangover while John Quillen leaves.
I descend to Slickrock Creek and find 2 backpackers with this whippet dog.
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.
As I climb the Nutbuster I see there is frost on Hangover Mt.
In Naked Ground Gap I meet Bill and Scott Epps filtering water at the spring.
I decide to completely clear the Rocky Flats trail in the Citico and run into this blowdown across the trail.
The obligatory Rocky Flats chimney shot.
The trip ends at the Jeffrey Hell trailhead.
And so the trip ends with a 2 mile roadwalk to my pickup point.