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Okay boys, here's my last trip report from February 7-27 2014 with these trip highlights---
To see this trip in full---
February 7--27 2014
** 21 DAYS IN THE SNOW
** 21 DAYS WITH THE G7000 PACK
** WITH BOB BUTTERFIELD ON FLATS MOUNTAIN
** CAMPING WITH BOB AND PATMAN ON FLATS MOUNTAIN
** HIKING WITH BOB TO THE SOUTH FORK
** THREE DAYS ON THE ROCKY FLATS TRAIL
** SNOWSTORM ON THE ROCKY FLATS TRAIL
** BACK AT THE CHIMNEY SITE AFTER 12 YEARS
** HIKING IN THE SNOW TO MILL BRANCH
** A STEEP HELLSLOG UP MILL BRANCH TRAIL
** SNOWSTORM IN QUILLEN CAMP
** FOUR DAYS ON THE MILL BRANCH TRAIL
** THE TERRIBLE SHAPE OF THE STIFFKNEE TRAIL
** I CLEARED THE YELLOWHAMMER TRAIL
** I CLEARED THE NICHOLS COVE TRAIL
** DELAYED IN BUCKEYE CAMP BY FLOODING HANGOVER CREEK
** 34TH CLIMB OF THE NUTBUSTER TRAIL
** OAK RIDGE BOY SCOUTS ON THE BOB
** SEEING HOOTYHOO ON THE SCARWAY
** ON THE INDIAN LAKE TRAIL
Entrance at Flats Mt
South Fork (Clemmer Detour for Bobg)
**White Rock Camp**
**Log Gate Camp**
**Ed Abbey Camp**
Doublecamp Goat Trail
**Mill Branch Camp**
Mill Branch to Mill Gap
**Dog Hat Camp**
Nichols Cove to Windy Gap
Down Nichols Cove
**Nutbuster Low Camp** Nut Gate Camp
Nutbuster 34th Time
**Landon Camp Naked Ground**
Four Mile Ridge
**Raven Camp Bob Mt**
**Jeffrey Hell Trailpost Camp**
**Flats First Bald Camp**
**Turkey Feather Camp**
Indian Boundary Roadwalk
Indian Lake Trail
**Flats Mt Foothill Camp**
Indian Boundary Roadwalk and OUT
My trip begins in some ice on Flats Mt at 4,000 feet in Tennessee.
Tired of trying to cram a long trip into a 6000 cubic inch pack, I upgraded to the G7000 after I learned Mystery Ranch is discontinuing their G series packs.
My backpacking buddy Bob Butterfield joins me on Day 2 atop Flats Mt.
And then Patman shows up after an intricate loop thru the Citico wilderness.
I leave Flats Mt and the boys and head down into the Citico and get on the Rocky Flats trail and pass by the chimney where I camp in a snowstorm.
After the night time snowstorm I go out and prepare to strike camp and leave Rocky Flats to connect to Mill Branch.
At the top of Mill Branch I get hit with another snowstorm so I pull a zero day and wait it out.
These Kahtoola microspikes saved my butt on repeated trails, especially the Stiffknee going down to Slickrock Creek.
I make it to Crowder Camp and check out a neat sunrise.
After pulling several tough trails (like the Upper Slickrock nutbuster), I pass over Bob Mt and head down the steep South Fork and find this wonderful sight---a broken hiking pole. Not mine! I laughed hard at this for some reason.
I leave the Citico and do some roadwalking and reach Indian Lake for a reststop.
My trip ends by the Lake and yet the trip started on the mountain behind the lake---Flats Mountain.