Linville Gorge birthday trip

7:13 a.m. on July 2, 2014 (EDT)
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My wife and I have a tradition of backpacking on our birthdays. So for my 42nd we opted for Linville Gorge in NC.

Many thanks to Ashleigh for all the great information on the destination!

 


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Here is an overlook on the rim near Wisemans view.

 

 

 


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This was the upper view of the main sluice of Linville Falls.

 

 



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This was our camp on one of the Chimneys on the east Rim. The picture makes it look more slanted than it was.

 

 



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Some more angles.

 



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This was taken inside Linville Caverns.

 



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Funky huh?

 


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I made Susan stand next to this formation for scale.

 


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For our second night we went down in to the Gorge and camped on the river.

 

 

 


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We had brought the raft but while day hiking for a spot deep enough to play in we found these pool toys that someone had left at another camp right at a deep pool.

 

 


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So we borrowed them.

 

 

 

 


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After an all-night rain the same pool we played in was untenable. We considered crossing to camp the day before....good thing we didn't.

 

 

 


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Good times at the Gorge!

 

 

Happy Tails!




 

9:16 a.m. on July 2, 2014 (EDT)
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Belated Happy Birthday Patrick. Looks like you and your wife had a great time at the gorge. 

9:30 a.m. on July 2, 2014 (EDT)
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My kind of party :)  I really liked that rim camp site view.  Looked like a great spot for full moon camping.

Thanks for sharing!

9:43 a.m. on July 2, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks very much Eddy!

 

John,

Yeah Ashliegh turned us on to the Chimneys area...it was realyl cool. That camp is somewhat difficult to get to with a full pack, as you have to stow your trekking poles and climb with your hands in a few places. The Mountains to Sea trail is about 60-70 feet below that spot.

 

....strange that I've explored all around that gorge for years but had never actually visited it. I'll surely go back!

10:04 a.m. on July 2, 2014 (EDT)
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That first campsite is tremendous. Lucky you.

10:45 p.m. on July 2, 2014 (EDT)
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Awesome!! Happy belated birthday. No better way to spend it, that's for sure!

7:36 a.m. on July 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Great trip report!  Awesome that your wife can share your passion.

6:20 p.m. on July 6, 2014 (EDT)
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Happy Birthday!  What a wonderful way to celebrate!

8:02 p.m. on July 6, 2014 (EDT)
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I hope you had a great birthday! It looks like y'all had a great time in the Gorge. Thanks for sharing! The pictures are beautiful!! I can't wait to get back there.

11:14 a.m. on July 7, 2014 (EDT)
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Awhile back I started asking for $ and gift cards toward trips instead of, well, "stuff." Don't regret that decision one bit. 

You and Danny have a closed-matched race going for my favorite TRs! Linville's definitely on my short list of places I'd like to visit - nice to see ya share it with Susan, too!

Happy belated birthday, bud, and thoroughly enjoyed the report and pictures as always!

9:27 a.m. on July 8, 2014 (EDT)
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Looks fun Patman! I'm right here in NC and my wife's family lives pretty close.  It's on my list to visit. I see the Klymit raft made an appearance too!

6:53 p.m. on July 8, 2014 (EDT)
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Happy birthday buddy, looks like a good one.

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